By default, Safari for iPad shows a toolbar full of browser tabs when you have more than one tab open at a time. If you’d rather simplify the look of your screen, there’s a way to hide your open tabs. Here’s how to hide the tab bar—or how to get it back.
First, open Settings on your iPad by tapping the grey “gear” icon.
In Settings, scroll down through the sidebar and tap “Safari.”
In Safari settings, swipe upward until you locate the “Tabs” section. Tap the switch beside “Show Tab Bar” to turn it off.
If you previously turned off the tab bar and want it back, tap the “Show Tab Bar” switch instead to turn it back on here.
After that, launch Safari. You’ll notice that the tab toolbar is now hidden. (Or, if you’ve re-enabled it, it will appear once again.)
With the tab bar disabled, you can easily switch between open tabs by tapping the “tabs” button (which looks like two overlapping squares) in the toolbar. It works just like it does on iPhone.
If you change your mind and want to see the tab bar again, just revisit Settings > Safari and switch “Show Tab Bar” back on. Happy browsing!