How to quickly close all iOS 7 Safari tabs in just a few taps

How to close all open Safari tabs in just a few taps in iOS 7

Safari for iOS 7 allows you to keep up to two-dozen or more tabs open at the same time. That's fantastic... until you want to close them all and quickly. Then you're either touching-and-flinging cards (iPhone and iPod touch) or tapping little X icons, over and over and over again. Luckily, there's a great work-around that lets you close all the tabs you have, all at once. Here's how!

How to close all your iOS 7 Safari tabs, all at once

  1. Launch the Safari app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the all windows button in the lower right hand corner of the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Now tap on Private in the bottom navigation.
  4. Now tap on Close All.

That's all there is to it. All open Safari tabs will be closed instantly. If you'd like to turn off Private Browsing, just tap on the Private button one more time. You can of course still clear selective ones out by just swiping if you'd like. This is just a handy way to get rid of all tabs if you've got lots of them open.

How to get more help with iOS 7 Safari

If you have specific questions about Safari or iOS 7 in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum. For more on Safari in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

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There are 24 comments. Add yours.

applelex says:

Oh that's very helpful, I didn't even know that you could swipe then to the side I usually hitting the "x" in the top left corner. Thanks for the information

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Becjr says:

I never knew that... Brilliant!
Thanks Allyson.

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Cojrom says:

Thanks. This will definitely save time.

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Iphonejackson says:

Great tip!

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go3fan says:

That's a great idea! Never knew that!

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Guy4Tech says:

I guess that's the only way to do it for now. I am hoping Apple will get it together soon and have a "close all" tab for Safari AND closing apps!

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Vsundonna says:

Thanks for the tip. I too didn't know about swiping to close a page, I just clicked on the "X". I wonder how many hidden shortcuts exist in iOS 7.

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allthingspixel says:

I'm not sure I would have discovered the swipe gesture to remove an open tab if I hadn't watched the iOS7 keynote. I think Apple could have done a better job with consistency in their gesture language. You swipe up to kill an app in the multitasking view but swipe to the side to kill a tab in Safari. This small difference in gesturing May be why many aren't aware one or the other functions exists.

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pr1nce says:

Great tip Ally. I've been using it for awhile. Does save a little time.

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Adrian Liu says:

That's a great workaround! I'll save a lot of time not tapping the tiny little x's.

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News_Dr2521 says:

Once again iMore shows me that I still have much to learn on iOS. Thank you. Didn't know that this was an option.

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bruteforce037 says:


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Trubador says:

I'm not having any luck swiping to close a tab, nor do I see the multiple tab icon in the bottom right of my Safari browser in iOS7 (iPadAir). The bottom left DOES have the "private" link. Am I missing something here?

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Rowanova says:

The tip is for iPhone. It's a little different on the iPad Air with iOS 7.

Mutz says:

This tip only works for the iPhone version of Safari but step #1 says:

Launch the Safari app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

The article should be edited to state that this is an iPhone only tip.

zdn1042 says:

Great tip. Thanks. It'll definitely help me save some time with this neat little trick.

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asuperstarr says:

This is a great tip! I enjoy when you guys post the type of articles.

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acondax says:

I've always known about private mode, but I never considered using it to clear tabs, that's a great quick tip I would have never thought about!

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jsntrenkler says:

Wow, great tip ... I was getting tired of swiping all of those windows closed.

Vanti says:

I guess I must be one of the few people who gets rid of my tabs as soon as I'm done with them. But this is still very useful though for people who leave a lot of tabs open.

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MsLoveTech says:

Oooomg I been doing it backwards all this time thanks iMore

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BeyondtheTech says:

Well, that was actually something new to learn and use. Thanks!

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redsandvb says:

Any way to do it on an iPad2?