The steps in this guide are going to show you a way to quickly close all of your open tabs at the same time in the Google Chrome Web browser on your Apple iPhone.
It’s pretty common to have a lot of open tabs on your iPhone’s Web browser. Mobile Web browsing is a little different than desktop Web browsing as the way that tabs are displayed makes you less aware of them.
While Google Chrome does show a number inside the tabs button at the bottom of the screen, when you don’t actually see all of those tabs like you would on your Windows 10 computer, it’s easy to ignore them.
But a lot of open tabs can make it tough to locate open pages that are actually important, so you may decide that it’s time to close those open tabs.
Luckily you don’t need to close them all individually. Our guide below is going to show you how to quickly close all of your open tabs in Chrome on an iPhone.
How to Close All Tabs at Once in the Chrome iPhone App
- Open the Google Chrome app.
- Touch the Tabs icon at the bottom of the screen.
- Select Edit.
- Tap the Close All option at the bottom-left of the screen.
Our guide continues below with additional information on closing Chrome iPhone tabs, including pictures of these steps.
How to Close All of Your Open Tabs in Chrome on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1. I am using the most current version of the Google Chrome app that was available when this article was written.
Step 1: Open the Chrome app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Touch the Tabs button at the bottom of the screen.
The tabs button is a square with number button, which indicates the number of open Chrome tabs. When you tap Switch Tabs it is going to open a screen where you can see every open tab on the device.
Step 3: Tap the Close All button at the bottom-left of the screen.
Note that in newer versions of the Chrome browser this says “Edit” now, so you will need to touch that before you can close all of the tabs.
Now you can either create a new tab by touching the button at the bottom middle of the screen, or you can tap Done at the lower right corner of the screen to return to the “New Tab” page.
Our tutorial continues below with additional information on how to close tabs in Google Chrome browser on an Apple iOS device.
More Information on Closing Browser tabs in the Chrome Mobile App
If you did this accidentally, there is an Undo option that will appear in place of the Close All button that you can use to restore the tabs that you just closed.
Note that closing all of the tabs in regular browsing or private Incognito tabs from browsing isn’t going to also close the tabs in the other browsing mode. You will need to select each browsing mode option at the top of the screen and close the tabs there separately.
There isn’t a specific “Close All Tabs” option in other browsers on your iPhone, but you do have ways of closing multiple tabs at once in Safari. If you tan and hold on an x on the upper right corner of one of the open tabs, you will see an option to “Close Other Tabs.”
If you are using the Google Search app instead of the Google Chrome app, then things are slightly different.
While the Google Search app hides things like “Clone Tab” behind a long press menu, you can easily tap the tabs button in the Search app which brings you to the tab overview page. You can then tap Close All at the upper right hand corner of the screen. You will then see a “Are you sure you want to close all open tabs” message, to which you can select Close all.
While the steps in this article were written on an iPhone, the steps are nearly identical if you are using Chrome on an Android phone instead.
If you would like to see your Chrome browsing history then you can tap the three dots at the bottom right corner of the screen, then select History. Here you can use the search bar in the upper left hand corner to find things, or you can clear browsing data, or edit some of your history.
If you would like to make Chrome your default browser on your iPhone then you can go to Settings > Chrome > Default Browser App > then select Chrome.
Find out how to reload a Web page in Chrome on an iPhone if you would like to display your current Web page with the most current content.