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I'm always happy when my son shoots down all the "open apps" on my iPhone and then tells me that my iPhone has more space again. Somehow that will probably be true, but of course not all apps that are displayed in the app switcher are also active in the background. As a rule, this should only be the last two or three.
It is the same with the open tabs in the Safari browser on iOS. I usually open a new tab whenever I'm looking for something, and this way you can easily have a high double-digit number of open tabs in Safari after a few weeks.
My son would probably get into the crisis if he knew what my safari looks like. I don't really care, because these tabs do not actively use memory or CPU power, but Safari only keeps the small screenshot of the tabs in memory. As soon as you tap such a tab, the page is completely reloaded.
If you are just as tidy as my child, you can make things easy for yourself in the future, then Safari has an option that you can use to tell the Apple browser after what time it should automatically close unused tabs with websites.
This setting can be found under Settings> Safari> Tabs> Close tabs. There you can choose from these options:
Here you can see the screenshots that show how to maneuver through the settings to land on the corresponding option.
For my purposes, the setting "After a month" is completely sufficient. I want to remember a website every now and then and then just leave it open on the iPhone. If I still haven't looked back after a month, it probably wasn't that important after all. And then she can actually go away. If I look in earlier, she still has a chance to get my attention.
If you prefer to press the Nuke button manually every now and then and shoot all tabs into nirvana, you should be happy about this tip:
If you go to the view with all the open tabs in Safari (iPad or iPhone), you will find a button labeled "Done" at the bottom right. If you press and hold this button for about a second, the option appears that allows you to close all open tabs with one swipe.
Here is the action again as a screenshot:
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.