You Can Have 500 Safari Tabs Open on iPhone

Among the things that can slow your iPhone down, a big pile of tabs in Safari is not one of them.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 17, 2023

Among the things that can slow your iPhone down, a big pile of tabs in Safari is not one of them.

Safari tabs simply do not slow the iPhone down. In fact, you can have 500 tabs open, and it has zero performance impact. And 500 more if you make a new group. And 500 more if you use private browsing. And 500 more if you make another group. Whether we had 50 tabs or 5,000 tabs in Safari for iPhone, there was simply no difference in performance.

This is for devices using Safari. Screenshots are from iPhone 14 Pro running iOS 16+

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If you dislike the clutter and it feels like your mental burden is lighter if the tabs in your phone’s browser are wiped away, by all means, feel free to tidy up.

Your iPhone automatically manages Safari tabs, and the number of tabs has no impact on the performance of the phone. Open tabs cannot do work or use resources in the background.

There are, in fact, things that can slow down your phone. A really old and worn battery can make a phone feel sluggish. Updating an older phone to a current release of iOS can really show you how old the hardware has become. Stuffing your phone’s storage full of unused apps and undeleted blurry photos will do the trick, too.

View Number open Tabs

To see how many Safari tabs you have open, first, launch Safari and tap the double rectangle icon on the lower right-hand corner of your screen. Next, at the bottom, you will see your number of open tabs. Refer to the below image:

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Your number of open Safari tabs

Close All Open Tabs

It’s easy to close all tabs at once in Safari on an iPhone or iPad. First, launch the browser, then tap and hold the View Tabs button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Next, choose the Close All Tabs option to nuke your browsing session entirely. This works for the current session, so if you are in a Private browsing session then this will close all open private tabs. See the below image:

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Selecting to close all open Safari tabs

Reopen a Closed Tab

You can also get back any tabs you have recently closed. First, launch Safari, then tap tap the double rectangle icon on the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Next, long-press the plus “+” (New Tab) button. Now, select a tab to reopen. The recently closed tab will be launched in the new tab. See the following image:

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Launching a recently closed Safari tab

These tabs are limited only to tabs you have closed on the device you are using, rather than another device (like a Mac).

Reopen From History

Using History, you can also get back any tabs you have recently closed. First, launch Safari, then tap the Book icon on the lower part of your screen.

Next, tap the History icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Now, select a tab to reopen. The selected closed tab will be launched in the new tab. Refer to the below image:

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Launching a Safari tab from History

These tabs are limited only to tabs you have closed on the device you are using, rather than another device (like a Mac).

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