How to Automatically Close Tabs After One Week in Safari on an iPhone 11

The steps in this article are going to show you how to change a setting for your iPhone’s Safari browser so that your open Web page tabs close automatically after one week.

We cover the steps briefly at the start of this article, then we continue below with additional information and pictures for each step.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and choose Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap the Close Tabs button.
  4. Select the After One Week option.

When you a click on a link in an email or an app on your iPhone, that link will open a new tab in your Safari browser. This functionality makes it easy for you to view Web pages on your iPhone, but it also creates a situation where you might have a lot of different tabs open at one time.

Perhaps you have gotten in the habit of periodically closing all of those tabs yourself, but it can be a bit of a chore and it’s easy to forget. Luckily in iOS 13 there is a setting that will close those tabs for you automatically after they have been open for a specified period of time.

How to Enable Automatic Safari Tab Closing on an iPhone 11

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.2. Note that enabling this setting will cause your open tabs to close automatically after they have been open for one week. While we focus specifically on this option in this article, you can also elect to close those tabs automatically after one day or one month.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and open the Safari menu.

open the Safari menu

Step 3: Scroll to the Tabs section of the menu and select the Close Tabs option.

choose the Close Tabs option

Step 4: Touch the After One Week option.

how to close tabs automatically after one week in Safari on an iPhone

As mentioned earlier you can instead choose to close those tabs automatically after 1 day or 1 month instead.

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