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Tabs help you keep track of all the websites you’re currently visiting, so you can switch between them in a flash. That way, you don’t have to leave one website to visit another – simply open another tab!
Press the tabs button (two overlapping squares) on the right of the toolbar to see your current tabs. Here you can tap to re-enter any existing tab or press + to create a new one. Tap the X icon in the top right of any tab to permanently close it.
At the bottom, you’ll see a note of how many tabs you currently have open. Tap this number for more organization options thanks to a feature called Tab Groups. This lets you create specific web browsing sessions for particular tasks – one for work and one for home, for example – and access the whole lot in a flash.
Press New Empty Tab Group and give it a name when prompted. You can then swap between tab groups by returning to this menu at any time.
Recently closed tabs
You can also see which ones you’ve recently closed when looking at the pages. Tap and hold the + in tab view to see a list of recently closed tabs. Tap on one to reopen it.
You can configure Safari to automatically clear away open tabs when you no longer need them.
Load up the Settings app and navigate to the Safari section. There, look for a button marked Close Tabs. By default, it’ll be set to Manually.
However, if you’re tired of having countless tabs open on your device, you can set Safari to automatically close tabs after one day, one week, or one month. It’s a useful way to keep Safari under control.