Your mother may have told you that “a tidy home makes a tidy mind,” and we tend to believe the same goes for the tech we use every day.
Take the humble iPhone, for example. iPhone users have long debated whether to close apps running in the background to improve performance and save battery life, and while Apple’s official line on the matter is that closing apps is unnecessary unless they become completely unresponsive, We can confidently say that things are a bit different when opening browser tabs.
We’re all guilty of having too many tabs cluttering our Safari app, and — aside from being sluggish — Apple’s internal browser is known to Accidentally deleted Safari tabs (opens in a new tab) If at any time there is too much open.
To help you avoid the headaches of slow Safari, the good folks at old today (opens in a new tab) Already thought it appropriate to highlight a two-second iPhone trick that lets you delete Safari tabs en masse.
How old were you when you knew you could hold down a browser tab on your iPhone to save three minutes of swiping? pic.twitter.com/bXgf9mpcsfMay 11, 2023
If you navigate to the bottom right corner of Safari, you’ll see the open tabs icon.Clicking once will display all open tabs normally, but hold down The icon will bring up a menu with an option to delete all open tabs in one fell swoop. See the diagram below for the two-step process:
Arguably, it’s a neat trick that saves you from having to manually swipe Every. single. Open. Label. One by one — followers of the fact-finding Twitter account were quick to express their gratitude.
“OMG. THIS CHANGED MY LIFE. THANK YOU,” a user (opens in a new tab) wrote a reply, while another said: “I just closed 238 tabs in one second. Thanks for saving my time.”
And one more thing…
But wait! There’s an even more useful trick in your iPhone’s settings that doesn’t require manually deleting another open Safari tab again.
Apple actually introduced the option automatically Back in 2019, close open Safari tabs after a selected time with iOS 13. How do you ask? Let us explain.
First, navigate to Settings and select the Safari Options page. Once there, scroll down and select the “Close Tabs” menu. By default, this option is set to manual — meaning that out of the box the iPhone lets you manually delete open Safari tabs — but by selecting this menu, you can choose to have open tabs Auto off or one month. Long live!
But what if you need to restore a tab that was automatically closed? do not be afraid. If you want to regain access to a closed Safari tab, long press the plus icon in the lower left corner of the tab preview screen to display a list of recently closed tabs.
look! And just like that, you’ll live a cleaner digital life. For more on how to keep your tech tidy, read our guides on how to clean your phone’s charging port and how to close iPhone apps.