If you often find yourself with dozens of forgotten open Safari tabs on your iPhone or iPad, then it can be annoying to sort them out or manually close them later. Luckily, Safari can close tabs automatically after a certain amount of time. Here’s how to prepare it.
First, open Settings. Scroll down until you see “Safari” and tap it.
In Safari settings, swipe down until you see the “Tabs” section, then tap “Close Tab”.
On the “Close Tab” screen, you have the option to adjust the age of open Safari browser tabs. When set, Safari will close unseen tabs in the time period you set, and the options are “Manually,” “After One Day,” “After One Week,” or “After One Month.” This setting also applies to the Private tab.
Select the option that suits you best and tap on it.
After that, leave Settings. It’s useful to know that even after Safari closes your old tabs automatically, you can still find them in the hidden “Open Recently Closed Tabs” menu in Safari for iPhone and iPad. You can access it by holding down the “+” (plus) button on the tab management screen in Safari.
As a potential downside, Safari (like on iOS and iPadOS 13) will also group recently closed Private Browsing tabs in the “Recently Closed Tabs” area if closed automatically. If you want to completely hide recent browsing activity, it’s probably best to manually close the Private tab yourself.