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How to Close All Tabs in Safari on the iPad

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Closing All Webpages in Safari at the Same Time
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Have you ever needed to close all of the tabs in Safari all at once? Opening too many tabs can cause the iPad to become slow and even unresponsive while in the Safari browser, sometimes even making it impossible to close each tab individually. And while there is no way within Safari to close all of the tabs at once, there is (fortunately) a way to accomplish this task.

You can close all of the webpage tabs on your iPad by placing Safari in "Private Browsing" mode within the iPad's settings. Toggling Private Browsing either on or off will prompt the iPad to offer you a choice of closing all tabs, making it a great way to do a quick cleanup of your Safari browser.

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Here's a quick step-by-step guide for closing all of the Safari tabs:

  1. Go into your iPad's settings. (Get help getting into the iPad's settings.)
  2. Scroll down the left-side menu until you locate Safari. Choosing this option will bring up all of the Safari settings.
  3. Private Browsing is located in the Privacy section. Flip the switch from Off to On (or On to Off) and a message box will appear offering you a choice to close down all of the tabs.
  4. Choose "Close All" to shut down the tabs.
  5. Important: Switch Private Browsing back off before exiting.

What is Private Browsing? It allows you to browse the web without the websites being logged in your web history. It also prevents websites from recognizing and tracking you based on cookies.

Find out more about customizing your Safari settings.

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