How To Close Tabs On Android

How To Close Tabs On Android

For many Android devices, Google Chrome is the default browser, and for good reasons. However, sometimes, having too many tabs open on the browser always tends to turn tedious. That’s why it is important to close your tabs regularly. 

The process to do so is somewhat different for normal Android mobile phones and tablets. This segment will explain to you how to close tabs on Android.  So, let’s start without further ado. 

Google Chrome’s New Warning Pop-Up When You Select “Close All Tabs” Option 

Google Chrome's New Warning Pop-Up When You Select "Close All Tabs" Option

Time and again, we all have had to deal with the annoyance of getting all of the tabs of their Chrome browser deleted by mistake. And if you have opened vital web pages on those tabs, you can understand how it feels. 

It is quite surprising that browsers such as Firefox provided a warning before closing all tabs, but this feature was not present in Google Chrome, a widely used browser worldwide. 

That is up until now. After ages, it looks like Google Chrome has started testing its new “Close all tabs modal dialog” flag on the experimental Chrome Canary. When enabled (discussed next), you’ll get a confirmation pop-up on your device’s screen. So, you can decide whether you want to close all tabs on Android or not. 

How To Enable Confirmation Dialog When Closing All Tabs In Chrome For Android?

While Google is working on an experimental version of the warning function, users will need to enable it so that the warning appears as this feature won’t be enabled by default. 

To enable  the confirmation dialog when closing all tabs, you will need to : 

  • Open Chrome browser on your Android device 
  • Search for chrome://flags in the search bar and hit the Enter key
  • Go to the search bar and type “close all.”
  • In the menu, you will find the term “Close all tabs modal dialog.”
  • In the dropdown, change the configuration to Enable.

That is how to enable the confirmation pop-up when you tap on the Close all tabs option. 

How To Close Tabs On An Android Tablet? 

Google Chrome offers you the ability to open and browse through numerous tabs. This segment will help you close tabs on Android. To close either a single or all tabs on an Android tablet, you will need to 

Follow these steps to close a single tab.

  • Open the Chrome application on your Android tablet
  • Go to the tab you want to close and tap the X symbol

Follow these steps to close all tabs.

  • Open the Chrome application on your Android Tablet
  • Choose a tab, tap, and hold the X symbol.
  • Tap the Close all tabs option 

How to Close Tabs On Android?

While managing, opening, and closing Chrome tabs on all Android devices is similar, some differences exist between the normal Android model and the Android tablet. Follow the instructions to close a single or all tabs on an Android device.

Follow these steps to close a single tab. 

  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome on your Android phone
  2. Tap the Switch tabs Switch tabslocated on the right side
  3. Here, all of your open Chrome tabs will be visible
  4. Tap Close Close located on the top right area of the required tab
  5. Alternatively, you can also swipe across the tab to close it
  1. Open the Chrome app Chrome on your Android phone
  2. Tap the Switch tabs Switch tabslocated on the right side
Tap the Switch tabs located on the right side
  1. Here, all of your open Chrome tabs will be visible
Here, all of your open Chrome tabs will be visible
  1. Tap Close Close located on the top right area of the required tab
Tap Close  located on the top right area of the required tab
  1. Alternatively, you can also swipe across the tab to close it

Follow these steps to close all tabs.

  • Open the Chrome app Chrome on your Android phone
  • Tap the Switch tabs Switch tabslocated on the right side
  • Here, all of your open Chrome tabs will be visible
  • Tap on the three vertical dots on the top-right corner of the screen
Tap Close  located on the top right area of the required tab
  • Select the Close all tabs option from the menu
Select the Close all tabs option from the menu

Conclusion

So, here you go. Hopefully, this piece will help you to close tabs on Android mobile devices and tablets. If you have still not enabled the confirmation pop-up while closing all tabs on Chrome, we recommend enabling it. This will help you avoid mistakenly closing an important tab. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I close tabs on my Samsung phone? 

There are several methods for closing tabs on your Samsung phone. One method is to employ the bottom-of-the-screen “swipe up” motion. Another option is to utilize the “close tab” button on the top-right tab bar.

How do I close all open tabs?

There are several methods for closing open tabs on your Android device.
– One method is to utilize the “X” in the tab’s upper right corner. The tab will be closed, and the current page will be saved as a web page shortcut.
– Another option is to utilize the bottom toolbar’s “Menu” button and select “Close Tab.”

Does Chrome support the automatic closing of tabs feature?

Chrome tabs are sometimes not visible on Androids and mobiles. This is often disorienting and can leave old tabs open for months, if not days. These tabs can negatively affect your device.  Your browser will start lagging, and your device’s performance can be impacted. 
It is much easier for users to have their open tabs closed after some time to preserve memory. 
However, this feature, which is present in Safari and Mozilla Firefox, is not present in Google Chrome. So up until then, you can resort to using Mozilla Firefox.