How to Close All of Your Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone or iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    There are some iOS gestures and tricks that have been around forever, but remain relatively hidden because they're hard to find unless you know about them.

    Closing all of the tabs in your Safari browser on an iOS device is one such trick -- it's simple if you know how to do it, but it's a gesture you might not know exists.

    Here's how to do it:
    1. Open up Safari.
    2. Long press on the "Tabs" icon denoted by two squares. On iPhones, it's at the bottom of the browser in portrait mode or at the top in landscape mode. On the iPad, it's at the top.
    3. Select Close All Tabs.
    Alternatively, you can single tap on the Tabs icon to bring up the browser window view, and then long press on "Done" to bring up the same "Close All Tabs" interface.

    That's all there is to it. Safari will let you know how many tabs are currently open, and it will close each and every one after the Close All Tabs option is tapped.

    Because it's so easy to open a new tab when browsing without meaning to on an iOS device, the Close All Tabs option is super handy for getting rid of all those open browser windows in one quick go.

    Article Link: How to Close All of Your Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone or iPad
  2. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
  3. philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    Thanks for sharing the shortcut. It will be real helpful to me in the future. Especially when I am cleaning up my wife’s iPhone. She usually has 20 to 30 tabs open.
  4. midkay macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    Are there really MacRumors readers that don’t know this?
  5. philipk macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    Yes, I am a regular here and didn’t know it. There are a lot of shortcuts in iOS, macOS, and other software programs that most people do not know.

    MacRumor readers may be well informed but there still much that they (we) do not know.
  6. artfossil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2015
    the Great Plains
  7. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Wow! I have wanted this forever and it's been there all along!
  8. artfossil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2015
    the Great Plains
    Some of us (raises hand) are lazy/distracted/forgetful and appreciate getting useful information—even if we’re supposed to know it (and maybe did at one time).
  9. radiologyman macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2011
    is there a way to tell safari on iOS to reuse tabs instead of opening new ones?
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Clearly some of the responses in this thread indicate that they did not know how to close all the tabs at once. The iPhone has a lot a little features others were not aware of and its helpful to have a brief article explaining this.
  11. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Why doesn’t this use force touch? iOS has more and more UX inconsistencies.
  12. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Because my iPad Air on iOS10 doesn't have Force Touch. And, yes, there are a ton of inconsistencies in iOS. Feature bloat and mystery meat navigation abounds.
  13. midkay macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2008
    I’m floored. I thought you guys knew your stuff!
  14. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah didn't know this until now. Would have helped a week ago when I had what felt like a 100 tabs open!
  15. goose <3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2018
    You are a life saver! I am new to Apple products and the ways they work, so you really helped me a lot.
  16. Lopezzi macrumors newbie


    Jul 23, 2002
    Springfield, MO
    My wife is notorious for having lots of tabs open. I asked her to perform the steps and then tell me what the top option says. She gets back to me, "It says Close All 117 tabs". :eek: Hahaha.
  17. artfossil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2015
    the Great Plains
    AFAIK, Which is obviously precious little, when you close Safari on iOS (by swiping) when you reopen it’ll have your last open tabs. Which is one reason I’m happy to be reminded how to close all tabs.
  18. dannynjoni macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010

    S.H.A.M.E. (Should Have Already Mastered Everything) on me for not knowing this!

    And kudos for this write up it’s much appreciated!! Thank you :)
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    I had 54 tabs
  19. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Wish there was a long press to kill all apps.
  20. jdsingle macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    This is really a dumb question. Are there people that don't know every shortcut combination Apple has created?
  21. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
  22. Paul Mendelsohn macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2018
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    Does closing a large number of tabs help with battery life?
  23. smirking macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I wish I knew this last week. I had to close two years worth of tabs on my dad's phone when I helped him with a tech problem.
  24. Atomic77 macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2017
    West Bend Wisconsin

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