Safari tab

Browsing the web on an iPhone is a great way to kill a few minutes, and it’s still the best mobile browsing experience around. If you’ve collected a bunch of open tabs, here’s an easy way to close just the ones you want.

There are, in fact, a couple of different ways to close tabs in Safari on iPhone. Whether you want to close all of the open tabs or just a select few, we’ve got your back. If you’re anything like us you have tabs upon tabs open right now and swiping across them all one by one is crazy making. Thankfully, the folks at Apple thought up a couple of ways to save our sanity.

How to Close Several Similar Tabs at Once

To close specific tabs at once, first, open Safari and then tap the Tabs button.

Open Safari and tap the tabs icon

Next, scroll to the top of your collection of open tabs and search for the tabs you want to close. An example may be all tabs that have Twitter open, or maybe all tabs from the Apple Store.

Type into the search bar at the top of the screen

When the tabs are selected, press and hold “Cancel.” You’ll be shown an option to close tabs matching the search you just entered. Tap it.

Tap and hold Cancel

You’ll see all of the selected tabs close, leaving you with any remaining tabs open.

How to Close All Tabs at Once

If you’re coming out of a particularly heavy browsing session, you may need to close all your open tabs. To do that, open Safari and tap and hold the tab button.

Open Safari and tap the tabs icon

You’ll be shown a list of options, including one labeled “Close All x Tabs,” where “x” is the number of tabs that you have open. To close all of your tabs, tap the button.

Tap Close All Tabs button

And that’s it. You now have a clean slate, ready for your next browsing session.

Oliver Haslam Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password's blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple.
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