Automatically close Safari tabs on iPhone or iPad

Safari is full of handy little tricks to make browsing the web more accessible. It’s easy to reopen recently closed tabs, and you can even choose to close open tabs automatically after a certain period.

Auto close is a particularly useful option for keeping Safari tidy. Especially when frequent websites are being opened in the background by specific apps. It has been proven that too many open tabs can cause Safari or your iPhone or iPad to become sluggish.

Close Safari Tabs Automatically

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad
  • Navigate to ‘Safari’
  • Tap on ‘Close tabs’
  • Choose the desired period

Save or close all open tabs at once

Of course, it is also possible to close all open tabs in Safari at once. To do this, place your finger on the two overlapping squares in the toolbar and select the ‘Close all X tabs’ option.

Since iOS 13 and iPadOS, you can also save all tabs using this method. Place your finger on the book icon in the toolbar and wait a few moments. Then choose ‘Add bookmarks for X tabs’.

Learn how to restore closed tabs in Safari.

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