Using private browsing in Safari on your iPhone 13 is great if you don’t want a webpage to be saved to your history.
But if you have many tabs open in a private window, closing each tab individually can be a problem.
You can close all open private tabs in the Safari app for iPhone by opening Safari, selecting the Tabs button, selecting the Private option, pressing and holding Done, selecting the Close All Tabs option, and then pressing Close All Tabs to confirm.
How to close all Safari private tabs at once
- Open Safari.
- Click on the Tabs button.
- Select the tab dropdown button.
- select private.
- Press and hold the Done button.
- Select Close all tabs.
- Select Close all tabs to confirm.
Below, our guide continues with more information on how to close all private tabs on iPhone 13, including images of these steps.
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Most desktop and mobile web browsers have an option to create private browsing tabs, and the Safari web browser on your iPhone is no exception.
If you want to visit a webpage without saving it to your history, or want to log into multiple accounts on the same site, the private browsing option can be really useful.
But private browsing mode won’t close tabs when you exit them, or even when you return to normal browsing mode.
This can leave you with a lot of open private tabs that you may need to close.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to close all of these tabs at the same time so that you don’t have to close each one individually.
Related: If you need to delete your history on iPhone Safari browser, this guide can show you how to do it.
How to close private tabs on iPhone Safari (all)
The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.
Step 1: Tap on the Safari icon on the home screen to open the browser.
Step 2: Click on the “Tabs” button in the bar at the bottom of the screen.
It’s a symbol that looks like two overlapping squares.
Step three: Click on the “Tabs” button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: Select the “Private” option from this menu.
Step 5: Press and hold the Done button in the lower right corner of the screen.
Step 6: Select the option to close all tabs.
Step 7: Select Close all tabs again at the bottom of the screen to confirm.
Now that you know how to close all private tabs in Safari on iPhone 13, you can use this option instead of hovering over and pressing X on each tab to close them individually.
Please note that since this is a private browsing mode, you will not be able to reopen these tabs in the future or find the page you were on in this mode. These tabs and all of their history will be gone.
You can use a similar technique to close all normal tabs open in normal browsing mode in Safari.
If you have other web browsers installed on your iPhone, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, it won’t affect the tabs you open in those browsers. If you want to close tabs in these browsers, you will need to open them and use the tab closing methods for that specific application.