Safari for iPhone allows you to have a maximum of 500 open tabs for each tab group, but you can create as many tab groups as you like.
In the past, there was a specific number of tabs you could have open in your iPhone’s Safari browser. Now, things are a bit more complicated. This is how Safari tabs work on iOS.
But first, some tips for disputing tabs
Before we delve into the historical and current tab limits in the mobile version of Safari, it is very likely that if you opened this article more than out of curiosity, it is because you are interested in more effectively managing the tabs of your iOS browser.
In that case, check out our list of tips to keep iPhone Safari tabs under control. And while you’re at it, we’ve also got some great general tips for getting the most out of iPhone Safari.
If you’ve just been using Safari as a basic web browser to open links and haven’t accessed any of the extra features like reading mode and tab grouping, you’re missing out.
So how many iPhone Safari tabs can you have?
Maybe you’ve never looked at how many tabs you have open in Safari. I admit, I didn’t pay much attention to it. In fact, I’ve upgraded several iPhones over the years, bringing all my apps, settings, and data, including Safari data, and never really looking.
Until one day, I looked and, to my surprise, saw a clean number: 500. It turned out that this was not some kind of cosmic coincidence, but rather that I was staring at the upper limit of tabs that Safari will retain.
Historically, before the advent of iOS 15 and Safari tab groups, you could only have 500 tabs in normal browsing mode and 500 tabs in private browsing mode, which allowed you, if you used private browsing mode creatively, reach a maximum of 1000 tabs.
With the arrival of iOS 15, not only can you max out the main list to 500 and private browsing mode to 500, but you can also take advantage of the tab grouping feature to copy your existing tab stack into a group or start fresh. with a new set of tabs. The new group has a limit of 500 tabs.
You can create tons of new tabs. How much? We couldn’t find any documentation on an upper limit, and frankly, after creating dozens and dozens of new tabs, we weren’t sure if there was any use in testing the upper limit. Once you have 25 tab groups with the capacity to hold 500 tabs each, you will have 12,500 tabs.
On top of that, once you get to 6 tab groups (3,000 tabs), you have to scroll to see more. Once you get to 13 tab groups (6,500 tabs), they don’t all fit on the screen and you have to scroll to see more than the initial group. Now, obviously, not everyone will distinguish each group of tabs in the full 500 tabs, and may like to use them that way for organizational purposes.
However, our point is that with the changes introduced to Safari with iOS 15, there is no practical limit to the number of tabs you can save. You can save as many as you can, although we seriously question the usefulness of having thousands of tabs. Even with tab grouping and the ability to search through tab page titles, it quickly becomes an unmanageable mess.
And if all this talk about lash clutter makes you feel the need to clean your lashes, feel free. In fact, you can even set Safari to automatically clean tabs on schedule.