The Safari browser on your iPhone allows you to open a new tab to view a Web page. often, if you click a link in an email or from a text message, Safari will open that link in a new browser tab. Over time this can cause a very high number of browser tabs to be open on your phone, which could be causing the phone to run a little more slowly than it should.
Fortunately closing tabs in your iPhone’s Safari browser is quick and easy, and there are a couple of different ways that you can close those tabs. If you have never closed your browser tabs before then there may be a lot of them, so this first session of tab-closing might take a while as you scroll through all of them. If you would rather just close all of your open tabs, we have a way at the bottom of this article that will let you do that, too.
How to Close Browser Tabs on an iPhone
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.2. You can use these steps to close individual browser tabs that are currently open in the Safari Web browser on your iPhone 7.
Step 1: Open the Safari browser.
Step 2: Tap the Tabs icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. It’s the button that looks like two squares on top of one another. This is going to open a screen that shows all of the tabs that are currently open.
Step 3: Tap the small x at the top-left of each browser tab that you would like to close. Note that you can also swipe a tab to the left side of the screen to close it as well.
If you would rather just close all of your open tabs in Safari, then you can tap and hold on the Tabs icon that you pressed in Step 2. Then tap the button that says Close X Tabs, where X is the number of tabs currently open in Safari.
If you would also like to delete cookies and history from the Safari browser, then this article will show you where you can find the option that allows you to do that.