How to Close All Tabs at Once in Safari on iPhone or iPad Running iOS 13 and iOS 12

Are you in the habit of closing all Safari tabs on your iPhone/iPad running iOS 13, iOS 12 and earlier? That way, your browsing interests are not exposed when you hand over your device. Learn how to do it here.

Safari is one of the widely used browsers on the iPhone and iPad. Users usually open a new tab to visit a website and then just press the Home button when they are done. They don’t close tabs and thus, the tabs get piled up. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to close all Safari tabs at once in iOS 13. The feature was introduced in iOS 10, and it has been appreciated since then.

I hated the tedious process of getting rid of several tabs one-by-one. In iOS 12, Safari made some improvements in closing all tabs at once; however, in iOS 13, you actually don’t have to do anything to close tabs. Safari does this automatically for you once you select necessary options on your iPhone or iPad.

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Enough talk? Let’s head over to find how to kill multiple tabs at one go in Safari on iPhone and iPad!

How to Automatically Close All Safari Tabs at Once in iOS 13 on iPhone

Until now, you were supposed to open the Safari app on your iOS device to close all tabs. In iOS 13, you can ask Safari to do this on its own from the Settings app.

Step #1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.

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Open Settings and Tap on Safari in iOS 13
Step #3.
Next, Tap on Close Tabs.

Here, you will find four options: Manually, After One Day, After One Week, and After One Month.

If you choose Manually, you need to open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad, and then follow the same steps as you used to follow on your iOS 12 enabled device.

Automatically Close All Safari Tabs at Once in iOS 13
For those who have not updated iOS 13 on their iPhones or iPads, they can follow the method given below.

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How to Close All Safari Tabs at Once in iOS 12 or Earlier on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open Safari app on your iPhone/iPad.

Step #2. Tap and hold the Tabs icon at the bottom-right corner of the Safari app screen.

Step #3. You’ll see four options, tap on “Close All [Number] Tabs” tapping that will close all tabs.

Close All Safari Tabs at Once

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There is another option to get the job done. Just tap and hold the Done button, you will get the option to close all the open tabs.

Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Interesting tip: You can swipe the individual tab from right to left to close it. To do so, tap on the “Tab” button → Swipe the tab from right to left.

Close Safari Tabs on iPhone or iPad using Swipe Gesture

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That’s all there is to it.

Quick video on how to close all Safari tabs at once on iPhone or iPad

Wrapping up

As a bonus tip, have a habit of clearing cookies, cache, and history from Safari app on your iPhone and iPad. It not only removes the browsing history and protects your privacy, but it also frees up a lot of storage from your device.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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