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Purging Safari – How to close all open tabs

Do you often find yourself with countless open web page tabs in Safari? Do you wish you could just delete them all in one fell swoop? Allow us to help.

The problem with Safari tabs

Safari is an excellent, speedy web browser that lets you open seemingly endless reams of tabs without slowing things down one iota. The only trouble is, this can swiftly lead to a massive build up of dozens of open tabs.

This isn’t enough to cause any performance issues, but it is enough to irritate anyone with even a hint of OCD. It can also be difficult to retrace your steps to a previously opened tab when it’s one of 70.

Besides this, having lots of open tabs can be a bit of a privacy concern, particularly if you’re someone who freely shares their phone with family members, colleagues or friends.

How to close all Safari tabs

It doesn’t matter how many open Safari tabs you have open, you can close them all in one go by following our advice.

Open Safari and press and hold the tabs button (the two overlapping squares) in the bottom right corner. Tap the numerical Tabs button with the phone icon if it’s not already selected, then reenter the Tabs menu.

Now hit the red Close All X Tabs option from this Tabs menu and confirm to shut all those bothersome tabs down in one shot.

How to prevent the Safari Tabs build-up in the first place

It’s possible to set Safari up so that it no longer continues to open endless tabs, meaning you don’t need to worry about initiating such a mass-closure method again.

Once you’ve performed the aforementioned ‘close all’ maneuver, Safari will pop up the option to Automatically Close Tabs after a day, a week, or a month. Alternatively, you can opt not to close automatically at all and continue as things were.

You can also find this option at any time by heading to Settings > Safari, scrolling down to the Tabs section, and selecting Close Tabs.