Having too many tabs open in your iPhone’s Safari web browser can make it difficult to find the exact tab you need.
While you may already know how to close individual tabs on the Tabs page, you may be looking for a faster way to close everything.
Fortunately, there is a way to do this, which you can read about in our guide below.
How to close all Safari tabs on iPhone
- Open Safari.
- Touch and hold the tabs icon.
- Select Close all tabs.
- Click Close All Tabs to confirm.
Our guide continues below with more information on closing all open tabs in Safari on iPhone, including pictures of the steps.
Many apps on your iPhone can interact with the Safari web browser on the device. When you click a link to a web page from an email or text message, it opens in Safari. But this page doesn’t just open in the current tab; It will open a new tab. If you don’t use Safari’s tab feature a lot or don’t close it regularly, you might be shocked to know how many tabs are currently open on your iPhone.
You can close Safari tabs by swiping left on the screen or by pressing the x in the top corner of that tab, but this can get tedious if there are a lot of them. Fortunately, iOS 10 offers the ability to quickly close all open web page tabs at the same time. Our guide below will show you how.
Video about closing iPhone Safari tabs
Close all open tabs on iPhone in iOS 10
The steps in this article were done on iPhone 5 with iOS 10. This will close all tabs that are currently open in the Safari browser on your iPhone. It will not affect other browsers you may be using such as Chrome or Firefox.
In addition, this will also not close any private browsing tabs that may be open. You will need to enter private mode and repeat these steps to close these tabs. Click here to learn more about how to determine which display mode you’re using.
Step 1: Open the Safari web browser.
Step 2: Press and hold the tab icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
If you don’t see the menu at the bottom of the screen, swipe down on the screen to bring it up.
Step 3: Click on the Close x Tabs button, where x is the number of tabs currently open on your device.
Please note that this does not clear your history or delete cookies. Only currently open web page tabs will be closed. You can read this article if you want to know how to delete your history as well as saved cookies and other browsing data.
Now that you know how to close all open tabs in Safari on iPhone, you can do it anytime you feel like you have too many tabs open or if Safari is slow.