How to Close Tabs When You Exit Private Browsing in Firefox on an iPhone

Last updated on May 11th, 2023 at 10:57 am

We have recently written about how to use private browsing in the Firefox iPhone app, but one of the drawbacks to Firefox private browsing is the fact that the private tabs will remain open by default when you switch back to regular browsing. This means that anyone with access to your phone will be able to switch back to private browsing and see your open tabs.

Since the purpose of private browsing is to ensure that your private history is not saved, you might be looking for a way to close those tabs automatically when you exist your private session. Our guide below will show you where to find and enable the setting that will allow this to occur.


How to Automatically Close Private Tabs When You Exit Private Browsing in Firefox

If you find that automatically closing your private tabs is not an ideal solution for you, then the only other option is to manually close your private tabs when you are done with them. You can do this by tapping the tabs icon at the top-right of the screen, then tap the x at the top-right of each tab  that you wish to close. Continue below to see how to activate a setting that will close your private tabs automatically when you return to normal browsing.

Step 1: Open the Firefox app.

open the firefox iphone app



Step 2: Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen.

open the firefox iphone menu

Step 3: Tap the rightmost dot at the bottom of the screen. You can also swipe to the left on this screen if you are having trouble tapping that dot.

switch to the second firefox menu screen

Step 4: Select the Settings option.

open firefox settings



Step 5: Scroll down and turn on the Close Private Tabs option. You can then tap the Done button at the top-left of the screen to exit the menu.

how to close private tabs when you exit in firefox on iphone



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