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

Have a habit to close all Safari tabs on your iPhone/iPad running 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 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, they are piled up. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to close all Safari tabs at once in iOS 12. 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. But that’s going to change now as Safari seems to have done its homework pretty well. Enough talk? Let’s head over to find how to kill multiple tabs at one go in Safari on iPhone and iPad!

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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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