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How to Stop Tab Autoclose in Safari Browser?

The Safari browser is optimized for Apple devices which autokills the dormant and inactive processes. If the browsing tab is not running, Safari will stop allocating the process thread hence freeing up the memory space for the active tasks. It introduced a similar feature in Safari 15 for iOS. You can set autoclose for tabs; however, you can also stop the autoclose tab by setting it to the manual option.

It would be justified to say that Apple did manage to capture the attention of its user base with its impressive offerings in version 15 of its OS.

The likes of SharePlay, Focus Mode, and Redesigned Notifications are just some of its noteworthy features. Along the same lines, its default browser is imbibed with a couple of nifty functionalities.

The ability to send the address bar to the bottom for ease of one hand usage, the new Website Tinting that blends the tab bar with the website’s color, and the ability to change the start page’s background did manage to gather few positive receptions.

However, despite all these goodies, there is one issue that is bugging the users as of late. Whenever they open Safari, it reverts to a blank home page rather than opening the tabs of the previous browsing session.

It leads to great inconvenience for the users as they would then have to go through their search history and open those websites manually. Fortunately, there do exist a couple of workarounds that have managed to rectify this issue.

So without further ado, let’s check out the methods to stop Safari from auto-closing tabs.

Safari Tab Autoclose in iPhone

The Safari browser has a built-in tab management feature that automatically closes all the tabs after a specific period. It is mainly done to preserve the battery life and free up memory for other active tasks.

But as you might have guessed, this feature usually proves to be the primary culprit when we talk about the tab autoclose issue. Therefore, it is recommended to keep this feature disabled across your concerned device.

Here are the steps to change the tab autoclose feature in iPhone devices:

  1. Launch the Phone Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Scroll and select the Safari app from the settings list.
  3. Scroll to the Tabs section, and choose to open the Close Tab option.
    Close Tabs option in Safari Settings on iPhone
  4. Set the option to Manually from the list.
    Manually Close Tabs in Safari iPhone browser settings

That’s it; the autoclosing of the inactive tabs will be immediately disabled. The tabs will be closed only when you manually close using the X from the tabs menu.

Safari Stop Autoclose in Mac

When we close the Safari on Mac, all the tabs are automatically terminated, and when relaunched, the homepage or startup page appears by default.

However, we can make a simple change that will help relaunch the same tabs that we had before closing the Safari browser.

Here are the steps to keep the tabs and windows from the last session on Safari mac:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari menu and select Preferences… from the drop-down.
    Safari Preferences menu options in MacOSIt will open the Preferences window for the Safari browser.
  3. Switch to the General tab in the Preferences window.
  4. Under Safari opens with settings, select All windows from last session drop-down option.
    Safari opens with all windows from last session preference
  5. Relaunch the Safari Mac browser.

While the options are named differently across the Mac and iPhone, they both carry the same objective to prevent Safari from auto-closing the tabs. Next time when you launch the browser, all the tabs will automatically start loading.

Bottom Line: Safari Tab Autoclose

We conclude this guide on how you could stop Safari from automatically closing the tabs. No doubt it is quite an infuriating experience when you would have to let go of all your opened tabs with no intervention from your end.

However, with the workarounds that we have shared above, it should rectify the issue.

But even if the Safari browser is force quit or abruptly closed due to any memory issue, it isn’t a cause of concern as the browser shall automatically load those tabs the next time you launch the Safari browser.

The close tab feature within Safari iPhone is helpful for users who forget to close the inactive tabs. If you’re one of those people, then make sure to set the preferred time for autoclose.

On that note, we round off this tutorial on stopping the tab autoclose in Safari. Let us know how you feel about this feature.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
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17 thoughts on “How to Stop Tab Autoclose in Safari Browser?”

  1. LindaC

    My phone is set fine as is my MacBook Pro but with them same settings activated on my iPad it is still shutting everything down I have open ! Does anyone have any more ideas! Too much to do to constantly go through and reopen every damn page!

  2. JoshC

    My iPhone already was on manually but safari is still deleting my tabs after a week or so, not sure what’s going on but it is extremely annoying

      1. William Garber

        Mine is auto closing also really upsetting and mine is set to manual
        Im at a loss as to what to do

      2. JRL331

        Same here. It is extremely annoying.

    1. Linda

      My iPadPro is set on Manual — after having it happen twice before. However, I just lost them all just the same. And the half dozen were viewed each day, too. No way to easily reconstruct. Why did this happen?

      1. Editor

        by any chance did you close these tabs on other connected devices like iPhone or Mac? The safari browser stays synced with all the connected devices and it’s possible to be autoclosed.

        1. Cheryl

          I have the same problem. Both my iPad Pro and iPhone are set to manual. I only have the problem on my iPad Pro.

      2. chris owen

        I have Big Sur on my Mac. I opened Preferences >General, but the options shown are different to the ones you show.

      3. David

        I lose them when I accidentally open another image or document or link in Safari on my iPad. The new window has no tabs and becomes the default with no tabs. When I close and reopen Safari all my tabs are gone no matter what…

        1. Judy Vallas

          This is also my issue. Auto close is set to manual but, for instance, if I accidentally open a safari page from email (I think with a long press perhaps, not a normal open), a minimized page opens in safari and loses all my other open tabs.

      4. Louise Comino

        My settings show “all windows from last session” checkbox ticked but Apple Mac is still closing all windows on exit. Very annoying. I do not understand why Apple is lauded as such a superior technology as I find it extremely counterintuitive and complex to use. I have to google every problem and mostly the standard instructions for fixes don’t work as per the above. I wish I had stuck with Microsoft.

      5. I am so pissed!
        I set my devices to manual close however safari keeps closing them anyway!

        When researching subjects I need to go back and forth between articles and tabs so I leave them open for a time.

        To come back to work and find everything gone really creates frustration and a loss of valuable time.

        Some subjects I research in private so those tabs are lost because history can’t pull them up.

        Apple really pisses me off when they think we can’t decide what we want and need.

        I wish they would fix needed stuff and STOP helping /fixing unnecessary things that we can decide.

        1. Terri

          Having the same issue for months now & it’s beyond frustrating! It will even close it when I just toggle to another app. And yet I have manually closed many tabs & they re-appear when I go back in. It’s driving me crazy!!

      6. Just started yesterday or day before
        Tabs close on iPad
        And it has gotten worse as they are open only as long as a few seconds
        I did see a blue screen at one point
        Tried the settings tab manual fix but it failed to correct
        Is iPad fixable?

      7. Sam Leikind

        I just turned my iPhone 8 plus on and I went to Safari only to see that all of my 340 something tabs had been closed automatically. I have the close tabs thing set to manually. So why did it close all of my tabs? Yes 340 is an extremely high number of tabs, but I think it shouldn’t matter how many tabs you have open. Safari shouldn’t automatically close them.

        Why can’t it be easier to reopen tabs that Safari has closed? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a button in the Recently Closed Tabs thing that said “reopen all tabs”, and you press it and all of the tabs are reopened again. That was people wouldn’t have to scroll through the recently closed tabs to find the tabs that you want to reopen. Also a lot of my tabs aren’t shown in the recents closed tabs, despite being “recently closed”. Where do the tabs go when they are closed? Do they just disappear into thin air?

        Thank you for any help I can get. I will send this to Apple to see what they can do. They won’t be able to do anything.

        1. Editor

          Hi Sam, looks like the iPhone has abruptly killed the Safari browser process which might lead to the closure of all the tabs (hence, it’s not appearing in recently closed tabs as well). The reason for this force killing might be the overutilization of the hardware resources. Apple’s iOS and any other OS try to limit the utilization of resource-hungry apps and programs to avoid the system breakdown.

          If the recently closed tab does not have the records for tabs, you can check the Browser History. I understand it’s a tedious job, but we have no other option. As a workaround, I suggest to bookmarks the links as and when required to keep your links stored safely and avoid such mishaps.

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