How to close all of the open tabs on your iPhone's Safari browser at once


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  • The iPhone’s Safari browser allows you to have many websites open in different tabs, and there’s a way to close all the tabs on your iPhone at once. 
  • You can close all tabs on your iPhone’s Safari app in just one step that takes a few seconds to complete. 
  • You will lose all unsaved links or data in all closed Safari tabs, so make sure you’re not closing anything important.
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These days, we’re glued to our phones. From scrolling through our social media feeds to reading the news, there’s not much our devices can’t do to hold our attention. 

And if you use an iPhone, chances are your Safari web browser has multiple tabs open with different websites you’ve visited over the past days, weeks, or even months — guilty as charged over here! 

If you’ve lost track of what tabs you have open, and simply want to start from scratch, it’s possible to close all open Safari tabs on your iPhone at once. Doing so is quick and easy—here’s how.

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How to close all tabs on your iPhone’s Safari browser 

1. On your iPhone’s home screen, tap the Safari icon to open the app. 

2. In the lower right-hand corner of your screen, tap the tabs icon, which appears as two overlapping squares. 

3. Once the tab carousel appears, press and hold the “Done” option in the lower right corner of the screen for two to three seconds to launch an additional menu. 

4. An option will appear to close all tabs. Tap this to close all tabs immediately and return to a blank home screen in Safari, which will display your bookmarked sites as small squares. 


From here, you can either choose one of these bookmarks to navigate to, or use the toolbar at the top to type in the URL of the site you wish to visit, or a search term. 

It should be noted that unless you’ve bookmarked the particular tabs you closed, you’ll only be able to find them again via your History menu. Any unsaved form data or other submissions in the tabs will also be lost, unless you’ve saved them.

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