How to Set iPhone 13 Safari app to close tabs automatically

This post will walk you through configuring the iOS 15 Safari browser on the iPhone 13 to automatically close tabs for clutter-free mobile browsing experience. Here’s a quick guide on how to set the iPhone 13 Safari app to close tabs automatically.

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Tired of closing multiple tabs you’ve used and kept open when browsing the internet on your iPhone 13 Safari app? If that is so, then you can just enable the automatic tab closing feature on the phone.

Keep reading for more detailed instructions.

iPhone 13 Safari Browser

The latest version of iOS allows iPhone users to easily control and access tabbed webpages in Safari.

When Apple rolled iOS 15, a lot of improvements were made to the entire system including how users navigate and use tabbed pages.

For example, all open tabs can now be viewed and managed in the form of viewable thumbnails on a new tab screen and the tab bar itself is now made movable from the top to the bottom of the screen or vice versa.

In addition, you can create tab groups and organize your tabs according to your preferences.

The steps outlined below depict the actual process of configuring the Safari browser on an iPhone 13 to automatically close tabs after leaving them idle or unused after a period of time. This will help make your browser look cleaner and more organized.

Feel free to refer to this guide if you need help applying these settings on your iPhone 13 Safari browser.

Steps to Set the iPhone 13 Safari app to close tabs automatically

The following procedure is also applicable when configuring the Safari browser application on other iPhone models that have the same iOS version.

Screens and menu options shown on individual device’s interface may vary between device models and wireless carriers.

Start whenever you’re all set to configure your iPhone’s browser settings.
Step 1:From the Home screen, tap Settings to launch the iOS settings app menu.
enable automatic tab closing in safari iphone13 SETTINGS
Step 2: In the Settings main menu, scroll to find and then tap Safari. Another menu opens with the built-in Safari settings and other relevant options.
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Step 3: Find and then tap Close Tabs. On the following menu, you’ll see a list of options. 
enable automatic tab closing in safari iphone13 CLOSETABS

Note: The current selection is set to Manually by default. This means that all the tabs you’ve previously opened and used while browsing the web on your iPhone with Safari remain open until you close them manually.

Step 4: To switch to automatic tab closing, select any from the given options except Manually.
enable automatic tab closing in safari iphone13 SET PERIOD

You can set Safari to close all opened tabs automatically after a day, a week or a month accordingly. Just tap to mark your preferred option.

With this feature enabled, Safari tabs will close on their own without you having to do anything on your phone. The automatic closing of tabs occur once the lifespan exceeds the specified timescale.

You can always revert to manual closing of tabs if you prefer to manually close tabs in Safari.

enable automatic tab closing in safari iphone13 MANUAL

To disable this feature, just head back to the iPhone Settings-> Safari-> Close Tabs menu and then select Manually from the given options.

Safari also has a built-in command that when triggered, will close multiple tabs at once.

To use this command, just open the Safari browser then navigate to any open page. While on a page, touch and hold the New tab icon then select the option to Close All Tabs.

You can also close tabs from the Tab Overview screen by touching and holding Done and then tap Close All Tabs.

Why close browser tabs?

Aside from decluttering the screen, closing tabs can also prevent any unusual behaviors of the browser app. Tabs that have been kept open for several days, weeks or months are likely to become corrupted and when that happens the entire browser would become problematic. 

This is when the Safari app would start to lag, freeze, crash or fail to load up properly as intended. 

In fact, many people who have had raised complaints about slow browsing even when on a high-speed internet connection have later found that multiple open tabs are actually the underlying cause of the problem. In this case, the browser is having trouble loading up all the previously opened pages and therefore the browser’s execution of new operations takes longer than usual.

Keeping the iPhone software up-to-date is also recommended to ensure that all new features, system enhancements and patches are implemented in individual iOS apps including Safari.

In order to use this feature, your iPhone must be running in iOS 13 or later version. Earlier versions of iOS do not support automatic tab closing in Safari.

And that’s all about configuring the iPhone 13 Safari app to close open tabs automatically and declutter the browser’s main page after the specified time period.

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