I probably use my phone to search for at least a dozen things on the web every day, often more. For each search or visit to a favourite website, I instinctively open a new tab. Eventually, that means I have a pretty significant number of tabs open on my phone.
With iOS 13, Apple built in a solution to the problem in the form of a feature that allows you to set those tabs to automatically close after a period of time.
That means you can set things up so tabs will automatically expire after a day, week or month so you don’t have to go in and manually close them on your own (or wonder why you opened them in the first place). Macworld pointed out the feature earlier this week.
Here’s how to use it yourself:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down to Safari
- On the next page, scroll down until you see the Tabs section
- Tap Close Tabs at the bottom of that menu
- Select the amount of time you’d like for tabs to stay open on the next page
By default, Apple will keep this set to manual, but you can choose to have the tabs close after a day, week or month as well.
I’d personally suggest the week option. While I’ve definitely found myself going back to reopen tabs that I had open the day before, it’s exceptionally rare that I’ll actually go back and look at a week old tab. In cases where I need that information again, I often end up opening a new tab entirely instead.
That said, you do you. Pick the setting that works best for you, even if that means leaving those tabs open until your phone bites the dust.