Clicking links to view a Web page is such a common activity on an iPhone that we often take it for granted. But each time you open a link it likely creates a new tab in Safari. There is a Safari setting that attempts to manage this by closing tabs periodically. But you may want to know how to stop Safari from closing tabs on your iPhone if you find that it is getting rid of information that you wanted to keep.
Have you ever gone to look for a tab in your iPhone’s Safari browser, only to find that the tab wasn’t there anymore? At first you may have thought you closed it accidentally, but it’s entirely possible that Safari closed that tab on its own.
Your iPhone using the iOS 13 operating system includes a setting for Safari where it will close a tab after it has been open for a certain period of time. That amount of time can vary, but it either one day, one week, or one month.
If you would prefer to manage your tabs on your own, without Safari’s intervening, then you can change a setting so that it stops closing your tabs automatically.
Why Does Safari Keep Closing My Tabs?
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select Safari.
- Scroll down and choose the Close Tabs option.
- Tap the Manually option at the top of the list.
Our article continues below with additional information on how to stop Safari from closing your tabs in an iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
How to Manually Manage Your Open Tabs in the Safari iPhone Browser (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.3. By making this change Safari will no longer close any of your open tabs. This can lead to a lot of open tabs if you don’t close them out periodically, which can affect how quickly your phone runs.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Scroll down and open the Safari menu.
Step 3: Scroll to the Tabs section of the menu, then choose the Close Tabs option.
Step 4: Tap the Manually button at the top of the screen.
Safari will no longer close your tabs automatically, which means that you will need to close them on your own. This can be accomplished by opening Safari, selecting the Tabs button, then either tapping the X on a tab to close it, or by swiping it to the left side of the screen.
While it can be tempting to never close any tabs in Safari, it can have a negative impact on Safari’s performance, as well as the iPhone’s overall performance. If you elect to manually close your tabs that it is beneficial to periodically audit your open tabs and close the ones you don’t need anymore.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.