12 Safari Tips Close Search tabs results

Last week we highlighted 10 general iPhone tips that everyone should know. This week, we’re back at it again, this time with a dozen Safari for iPhone tips that should be every iOS user’s repertoire.

Rearrange tabs

If you tend to keep a lot of tabs open then you may it find it useful to manually arrange your tabs. To do so, open the tab browse, and long-press and drag it to the desired spot in your list.

Add tabs to Safari

You can add tabs to Safari in a variety of ways. If you have a 3D Touch-enabled device, you can 3D Touch on the Safari icon to invoke a Quick Action Shortcut to create a new tab. You can also long-press on the Tab button, or press the + button in the tab browser to create a new tab.

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Closing tabs

You can open new tabs in a variety of ways, so it only makes sense that you can close tabs using multiple methods as well. You can swipe left on a tab inside the tab browser or tap the X button in the upper left-hand corner of a tab. You can also long-press on the Tab button while viewing a single tab to reveal a Close Tab button.

12 Safari Tips Close Tabs

Paste and Go & Paste and Search

If you have a URL or search term in your iOS clipboard, simply long-press on the address bar to reveal a Paste and Go or Paste and Search option.

12 Safari Tips Paste and Go

Quickly add bookmarks

Long-press on the Bookmark button to reveal quick shortcuts for adding a new bookmark, or adding a page to your Reading List.

12 Safari Tips Quick Add BookMark

Load desktop site

Although many sites these days are of the responsive variety, occasionally you may run across one where you’ll need to request the desktop version. In cases such as these, long-press the Refresh button in the address bar, and select Request Desktop Site.

12 Safari Tips Request Desktop Site

How to search tabs

Swipe up to the very top of the tab browser to reveal a search bar that allows you to search for specific tabs.

12 Safari Tips Search tabs

How to close search tab results

You can also close the tabs revealed on your tab search results. To do so, long-press the Cancel button while viewing your search results. Special thanks to @mxswd for sharing this awesome tip.

12 Safari Tips Close Search tabs results

Access recently closed tabs

Long-press on the + button in the tab browser to access a list of recently closed tabs.

12 Safari Tips Recently closed tabs

Access back and forward history

Long-press on either the Back or Forward button to access back or forward history.

12 Safari Tips Back Forward history

Quickly close all tabs

If you long-press on the Tab button or the Done button in the tab browser, you’ll reveal an option that allows you to close all open tabs in one fell swoop.

12 Safari Tips Close all tabs

Build on search suggestions (beta)

This is a feature found in the newest iOS 12.2 beta, but it’s so good I thought it was worth including. This feature allows you to build on search suggestions in Safari’s address bar without submitting the search. Google Chrome has had this feature for a while, but it’s coming soon to all iOS users.

12 Safari Tips Build Search Suggestions


What’s your favorite item in this list of handy Safari for iPhone tips? Is there anything that you didn’t see that you felt was worth including? Check back next week for yet another set of Apple-related tips that everyone should know, and as always, feel free to drop a comment down below with your thoughts.

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