Safari saves you from forgotten tab chaos in iOS 13 and iPadOS

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Safari is getting a huge upgrade on iPad with the release of iPadOS, but there are some improvements that iPhone users can also enjoy in iOS 13. One of those is a new feature that saves you from forgotten tab chaos.

You won’t have to worry about closing dozens of tabs you forgot all about anymore.

iOS 13 and iPadOS are some of the biggest upgrades to Apple’s mobile operating systems in years. And it’s not just big new features we have to look forward; there is also a whole host of smaller tweaks and improvements on the way.

Here’s one of them coming to Safari.

Safari will take care of forgotten tabs for you

Safari in iOS 13 and iPadOS can take care of forgotten tabs for you. You can set it so that pages you haven’t viewed recently are automatically closed after one day, one week, or one month.

This will prevent Safari from quietly holding onto countless tabs that you had forgotten all about. It’s a problem that plagues most of us — particularly on iPhone where it’s not so easy to see how many tabs you have open.

Safari will prompt you to set up this feature after you’ve been using it for a little while in iOS 13 and iPadOS. You can change your preferences later in Settings, and there’s an option to disable the feature altogether if you don’t want it.

Coming this fall

iOS 13 and iPadOS will roll out to everyone for free this fall. Developers are currently testing out the very first beta. Apple has promised that the first public preview will be available next month.