How to clear Safari browsing history on iPhone and iPad

Clear Safari browsing history on iPhone and iPad in a few simple steps

iPhone screen showing the Safari app icon in the center

You'll definitely want to know how to clear Safari browsing history on iPhone and iPad. Know how to delete browsing history is part of basic user operation on all your devices, and is especially if you share devices with others. 

Luckily, deleting browsing history on Safari is easy and can be done in just a few taps, and is the same on iOS and iPadOS, so whether you're using an iPhone 15 Pro or an iPad Air , these steps will apply.

Remember, though, that deleting your browsing history only stops your activity being visible on that device. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will still be able to see the webpages you have visited. If you want to stop that, for ultimate privacy, you'll need to use one of the best VPN services .

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  • In Safari, tap the book icon
  • Go to the history tab (clock)
  • Select how far back to clear

Read on to see full illustrated instructions.

1. In Safari, tap the book icon

A screenshot showing how to delete browsing history on Safari for iPhone and iPad.

Firstly, open Safari and tap the book icon in the bottom bar.

2. Select the history tab (clock icon) and tap Clear

A screenshot showing how to delete browsing history on Safari for iPhone and iPad.

Now select the history tab (clock icon) and tap Clear at the bottom.

3. Select how far back to clear and tap Delete

A screenshot showing how to delete browsing history on Safari for iPhone and iPad.

Now choose how far back you'd like to delete : last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all time.

If you like, you can toggle on Close All Tabs , which will close every open tab that isn't in a tab group (we can show you how to use tab groups if you aren't sure).

Finally, when you're happy, hit Delete .

A screenshot showing empty browsing history on Safari for iPhone

As you can see in the screenshot above, if you now go back to the history tab, your history will have been deleted.

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How to view and clear your web browsing history in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Easily wipe your browsing history in Apple's Safari web browser in seconds.

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How to find your web-browsing history

How to clear your web browsing history.

Clearing your browsing history on iPhone and iPad in Safari has been a straightforward affair for years now.

Sometimes, you may want a fresh start with your web browsing — perhaps to get rid of some history that may bring up a memory you'd rather forget as you type in a website URL in the address bar.

Apple makes this feature very easy to access on both the iPhone and iPad by offering two ways to clear your history. So with this in mind, here's how you can do just that and make a fresh start in Safari .

Viewing your web history in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 is very easy to do — and it's all done from Safari.

  • In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar that's below the address bar.
  • Tap the History icon in the upper right corner. Here, you can view your entire web history.

To search for bookmarks, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar at the bottom of the app, then select the Bookmark icon.

  • Use the History search bar to find previously viewed pages.

To find History, tap the History menu. Then use the search to find previously viewed information.

If the time calls to wipe most or all of your web browsing history in Safari, here's how to do it on both iPhone and iPad.

To note, the below steps will be the same if you attempt to wipe your web browsing history on an iPhone 15 Pro Max , and an iPad Mini 6 for example.

  • In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button.
  • Select the History icon in the upper right corner.
  • Tap Clear and select how much history you'd like to clear: the last hour, the last day, 48 hours' worth, or all recorded history.

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It's great to have a feature like this in Safari — but it would be good to have this automated. To tell Apple's web browser to automatically clear history after 24 hours would be very useful, as you wouldn't leave a trail behind.

Regardless, it's still a good feature, and one you should use every week.

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You can clear your Safari browsing history on both iOS and Mac

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As tracking goes, Safari keeping your browsing history is less about privacy-busting security and more about just being useful. It's your history that means Safari remembers where to go to when you choose forward and back within a site, for instance.

It's also how Safari is able to offer you a list of sites that you regularly go to, on account of how handy it is to be able to back to them with a click. History also does keep things you may not expect, though, such as a list of items you've downloaded.

If you don't want that, though, or you're just fed up of Safari going to site addresses you haven't looked at in years, you can wipe the whole browsing history.

On a Mac, you can also wipe, for instance, just the last hour's browsing history. So if you share Safari and it's someone's special birthday coming up, you can avoid them inadvertently finding out you plan to surprise them with dance lessons.

Go to History, Clear History, and then choose how far back you want your browsing cleared

How to clear search history on Safari on Mac

  • In Safari, choose the History menu
  • Select Clear History from the very bottom of the menu
  • In the dialog box that appears, choose from clearing the last hour , today , today and yesterday , or all history
  • Click on Clear History

Alternatively, within Safari you can press Command-Y and the current page will be replaced by a history list. There's a Clear History... button toward the top right.

Clicking on that gives you exactly the same dialog about choosing how far back you want to clear your browsing history. But this page does also give you one extra option — the ability to delete one specific item.

How to clear one item from Safari search history on Mac

  • In Safari, press Command-Y
  • From the long list, click once on a history item to select it
  • Right-click to bring up a menu, then choose Delete

Alternatively, if you select one, two, or more items in the history list, you can then press the Delete key to remove them all.

You can remove your takeaway habits from Safari, we're not judging you.

That kind of precision removal is only possible on your Mac, not on iOS . However, whether it's precision or wholesale clearing of your history, though, there is a way to replicate it on iOS.

If you have set iCloud to share your Safari history, then just doing this on your Mac also removes the history from your iPhone, and iPad.

Otherwise, you're stuck with going to your iOS device. And then with clearing the entire history.

How to clear search history on iPhone

  • Go to Settings on your iOS device
  • Tap on Safari
  • Scroll down to Clear History and Website Data
  • Tap that, then tap Clear History and Data to confirm

One important thing to note is that you can't selectively remove, say, today's browsing history on the iPhone or iPad . It's all or nothing, with iOS.

Clearing your Safari history is all or nothing on iOS

What you leave behind

Clearing your history like this does remove the list of sites and pages you've visited. It does mean you can't go back to that site you read last Tuesday, not without remembering what it was and going there yourself.

What it doesn't remove, though, is the information that gets used by something like AutoFill. If you have your address, for instance, and you're used to online forms being filled out with it, you've still got that feature.

You've also still got anything you downloaded. It's purely that Safari won't keep the list of downloads.

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How to clear history, cache, and cookies in safari on iphone or ipad.

We're going to assume that most How-To Geek writers know how to delete the history, cookies, and cache in Mobile Safari, but just in case you don't know, here is how to do it.

Open up the Settings app and find Safari in the left-hand list, and then scroll down the right side until you find the "Clear History and Website Data" button.

You'll be prompted to verify that you really want to do this, and it will point out that this is also going to delete the history from other devices using your iCloud account to sync Safari.

Related: How to Clear Cookies / Cache for a Single Website on iPhone or iPad

Perhaps this is a good time to point out that you should use private browsing mode if you don't want history being saved on your device!

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You can delete all of your web browsing history or specific entries on both the OS X and the iOS versions of Safari. This can come in handy if you're on a public computer, or need to remove a certain website from your browsing history. No matter what system you're using, it will only take a few moments.

OS X (All History)

Step 1 Open Safari and click the

  • If you're using an older version of Safari, click the "History" menu instead and select "Clear History".

Step 3 Use the pop-up menu to select the range of history you want to delete.

  • Note that this will delete history across all devices connected to your iCloud account.

OS X (Single Entries)

Step 1 Open Safari and click the

iOS (All History)

Step 1 Open the Settings app.

  • If you want to delete a single entry, click here .

Step 2 Scroll down and tap

iOS (Single Entries)

Step 1 Open the Safari app on your device.

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  • How to browse privately 

How to clear the search history on your iPhone

  • To clear the browsing history on your iPhone, delete it directly from the browser you use. 
  • You can also delete your Siri search history and data. 
  • Browsing the web in private mode can eliminate the need for clearing your iPhone's history.

The reason for wanting to clear the search history on your iPhone is your business. 

But the fact is, browsers keep a running log of all the sites you visit. And if you're curious about how to delete your browsing history, know that browsers aren't the only thing on your phone being tracked. If you normally use Siri to search for things on the web, it might be worth deleting your Siri data, too.

Here's how to clear the history on your iPhone, whether you use Safari, Siri, Chrome, or Firefox.

You can clear your search history in Safari in several ways, removing individual pages, deleting by batches, or clearing all search history at once.

Clearing all history on Safari

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Safari .

2. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data .

3. Confirm by clicking Clear History and Data .

Clearing Safari history based on time periods

1. Open Safari and tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of your screen. The icon looks like an open book.

2. Tap on the History icon on the upper-right hand corner of your screen. The icon looks like a clock. 

3. Tap Clear at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. 

4. Select the time range you want to clear, from The last hour to Today to Today and yesterday to All time .

Deleting individual sites from Safari history

1. Open Safari and tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of your screen. 

2. Tap on the History icon on the upper-right hand corner of your screen. 

3. Swipe left on the website, then tap Delete . You can also swipe all the way left.

Like Safari, you can clear your search history in Chrome in several ways. Note that deleting your entire history in Chrome will clear synced data from your other Google accounts.

Clearing all history on Chrome

1. On your iPhone, open Chrome and tap the Menu icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. The icon looks like three dots.

2. Tap History .

3. At the bottom of your screen, tap Clear Browsing Data.

4. Select a time range and the information you want to delete. In this instance, check Browsing History and uncheck items you do not want to delete. 

5. At the bottom of your screen, tap Clear Browsing Data . Confirm the action in the pop-up box that appears. 

Deleting individual sites from Chrome history

1. On your iPhone, open Chrome and tap the Menu icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. 

3. At the bottom of your screen, tap Edit.

4. Select the sites you want to delete, and then tap Delete .

The searches you perform on Firefox are logged. And like Safari and Chrome, you can choose different ways to clear your browsing history. 

Clearing all history on Firefox

1. On your iPhone, open Firefox and tap the Menu icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. The icon looks like three horizontal lines.

2. Tap History . 

3. Select Clear Recent History, and then tap Everything.

Deleting individual sites from Firefox history

1. On your iPhone, open Firefox and tap the Menu icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

4. In History, you will see a list of recently visited sites. Swipe left on the website, then tap Delete . You can also swipe all the way left.

If you normally use Siri, it's worth noting that Apple saves the history of your Siri interactions. If you're concerned about privacy, you can delete your Siri search history . 

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Siri & Search.

2. Select Siri & Dictionary History .

3.  Tap Delete Siri & Dictation History .

How to browse privately 

If you want to browse freely without needing to delete your history later, you should use private browsing mode. To learn how to do that, check out our guide on how to turn on private browsing mode for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and more.

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How to Clear Safari Profile Web History on iPhone

In iOS 17 , Apple has increased the options available for clearing Safari's web history and website data. You can even clear Safari's cache for a specific Safari profile. Keep reading to learn how it works.

iOS 17 General Safari Feature

If a site you regularly frequent has elements that have stopped working, or if a site has stopped loading completely, there may be a conflict between an older version of it that Safari has cached and a newer one. Or perhaps you simply want to protect your privacy by wiping the slate clean and removing all the data associated with websites you've visited.

With ‌iOS 17‌, Apple doesn't just let you clear Safari's history and website data for a specific timeframe. You can also clear the cache for a specific Safari Profile. (Profiles are is designed to help separate your browsing sessions into things like Work, School, or Personal: For more on how to use Profiles, click this link .)

How to Clear Safari Cache

Here's how to clear Safari history and website data on iPhones running ‌iOS 17‌, and iPads running iPadOS 17 .

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Safari .
  • Tap Clear History and Website Data in blue.
  • Choose a timeframe in which to clear your history: Last hour , Today , Today and yesterday , or All history .
  • Choose a specific profile to clear from the list, or check All Profiles .
  • To close all open tabs within your timeframe and profile(s), toggle on the switch next to Close All Tabs .
  • Tap Clear History , then confirm when prompted.

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That's all you need to do. The next time you open the associated profile(s), you should notice that all web history for the chosen timeframe will be gone.

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How to Clear Search History on iPhone

Clear selected Safari entries or your entire browsing history

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The Safari web browser on your iPhone keeps a log of web pages that you visit. If you want to clear your search history, you can do so through Safari or your iPhone's Settings app.

These procedures work for all recent versions of iOS.

Clear Browsing History Using the Safari App

Here's how to delete your browsing history through the Safari app on your iOS device.

Open the Safari app and tap Bookmarks (the icon that looks like an open book) at the bottom.

Tap History (clock icon).

Select Clear , and then select All time to erase your browsing history completely. Alternatively, choose The last hour , Today , or Today and yesterday .

Depending on the setting you chose, you've deleted your browsing history.

To delete individual entries, instead of tapping Clear , swipe from right to left over the website you want to remove, and then choose Delete .

Clear Browsing History Using the Settings App

You also can delete your browsing history through your iOS device's Settings app.

Tap Settings and then scroll down and tap Safari .

Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data .

In the confirmation box, tap Clear History and Data . You've deleted your Safari browsing history.

This method clears your entire browsing history, with no option to delete items selectively.

Open the Safari app and tap the book icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap the History icon (clock) and pull down on the screen to reveal the Search History field. Enter a search term .

You can't, but neither can anyone else. When you enter Safari's Private Browsing mode , the iPhone doesn't store your browsing history. To browse without recording the history, tap the Safari app > Tabs icon > [number] button > Private .

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How to Clear Safari's Browsing History on an iPhone or Mac

Browsing data reveals your browsing habits, and can be accessed by sites you visit. If you're concerned about your privacy, you can manage and delete your browsing history.

Navigating the digital world creates a footprint similar to how our steps leave marks in real life. These digital traces, from sites visited to search queries, can pose privacy risks. So, it's essential to know how to clear your browsing history.

Whether you aim to clear search history on your iPhone or Mac, delete history from a specific timeframe in Safari, or fully clear your browsing history, Apple offers streamlined solutions. Let's take a look.

How to Delete Your Safari Browsing History on an iPhone or iPad

If you're looking to clear Safari's browsing history from within the Safari app on the iPhone or iPad, you're looking in the wrong place. Apple puts such options in the Settings app, and this is how to find them:

  • Open the Settings app. Then, scroll down and tap on Safari .
  • Scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and tap Clear History and Website Data .
  • When a sub-window pops up, choose a timeframe and tap Clear History .

If you find yourself needing to delete your history in short timeframes, consider using private browsing (or incognito mode) in Safari instead of heading to the Settings app to do this often.

How to Clear Your Browsing History in Safari on a Mac

Unlike on an iPhone or iPad, you'll find all you need to clear Safari's history within the app. There's no need to open System Settings. Here's how to do it:

  • Launch Safari using Spotlight search ( Command + Space ) or any other desired method.

There are still a few other things you would have to do if you want to reset Safari to default settings . But this method is all you need to delete your Safari browsing history on a Mac.

Safari Keeps Your History Private

Do not be worried if you suspect Apple is selling your browsing data; that is far from the truth. Apple has built a reputation for prioritizing privacy and security and even goes the extra mile to protect you from advertisers and third parties.

In fact, Safari might be safer to use than Google Chrome since Google doesn't offer the same commitment to privacy as Safari does. Use Private Browsing if necessary or delete your history if you still want to keep it from prying eyes.

How to See the Safari History on an iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide

Seeing the Safari history on an iPhone is a straightforward process. Just open the Safari app, tap the book icon at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the clock icon to view your browsing history. You’ll be able to see a list of all the websites you’ve visited, sorted by date.

After completing this action, you’ll have access to the list of websites you’ve visited using Safari on your iPhone. This can be useful for finding a site you forgot to bookmark, checking what sites were visited on a particular day, or clearing your history for privacy reasons.

Introduction

Browsing the internet on your iPhone is a daily activity for many of us, but how often do we think about our digital footprints? Whether you’re a privacy-conscious individual, a parent wanting to check what your kids have been up to online, or simply trying to find that one website you stumbled upon a few days ago, knowing how to view your Safari history is essential.

Safari, the default browser on all Apple devices, keeps track of all the websites you visit, allowing you to revisit a site whenever you need to. However, not everyone knows how to access this history. This article is for iPhone users of all ages and skill levels who want to learn how to see their Safari history. It’s an important skill that can help you in a variety of situations. Plus, it’s super easy to do!

How to See the Safari History on an iPhone

The following steps will guide you through the process of viewing your Safari history on an iPhone.

Open the Safari app on your iPhone. Upon opening the Safari app, you’ll be greeted with your default homepage or the last page you visited.

Tap the book icon located at the bottom of the screen. This icon will take you to your bookmarks, reading list, and history.

Tap the clock icon to view your browsing history. The clock icon is typically at the top of the list, and tapping it will display all the sites you’ve visited, organized by date.

Additional Information

When browsing through your Safari history, you can tap on any entry to revisit that webpage immediately. Plus, if you’re looking to delete certain parts of your history, you can do that too! Just swipe left on any entry and tap ‘Delete’ to remove it from your history. If you want to clear your entire browsing history, there’s an option for that at the bottom of the history list. Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone for good, so make sure you really don’t need that history before you delete it.

Additionally, keep in mind that if you’re using iCloud to sync Safari across your devices, your history will be visible on all devices signed into that iCloud account. This is super handy if you want to access a webpage you visited on your Mac from your iPhone, for example. However, if privacy is a concern for you, consider using private browsing mode, which doesn’t save any history.

  • Open the Safari app.
  • Tap the book icon.
  • Select the clock icon to view history.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i delete my safari history.

To delete your Safari history, go to the history page, tap ‘Clear’ at the bottom, and choose the time range you want to clear.

Can I search through my Safari history?

Yes, there’s a search bar at the top of the history page where you can enter keywords to find specific sites.

Will my Safari history be synced across all my Apple devices?

If you’re using iCloud Safari syncing, then yes, your history will be visible on all devices signed into that iCloud account.

How long does Safari keep my browsing history?

Safari typically keeps your browsing history for up to one month, but this can be adjusted in settings.

Is there a way to keep my browsing private?

Yes, you can use private browsing mode in Safari, which does not save your history or AutoFill information.

Knowing how to see the Safari history on your iPhone is a neat trick that can save you time and ensure that you’re never too far from a useful website you’ve visited. Whether it’s for privacy, parental control, or pure convenience, mastering this skill is a must for any iPhone user. Remember to manage your history responsibly and enjoy the vast wealth of information the internet has to offer right at your fingertips. Happy browsing!

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His work can be found on many websites and focuses on topics such as Microsoft Office, Apple devices, Android devices, Photoshop, and more.

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iPhone 15: How to Clear Safari History Quickly and Easily

Clearing your Safari history on the iPhone 15 is a quick and straightforward process. Simply head to the Settings app, scroll down to Safari, tap on it, and then select “Clear History and Website Data.” Confirm the action, and voila, your browsing history is gone!

After you complete this action, all the records of your browsing history, cookies, and other website data on your iPhone will be erased. This means that anyone else who uses your phone won’t be able to see which websites you’ve visited.

You can also check out this video about how to clear Safari history on iPhone 15 for more information on this topic.

Introduction

The iPhone 15 is a remarkable gadget that’s become an integral part of our daily lives. From making calls to surfing the web, this device does it all. But have you ever thought about the digital footprints you leave behind while browsing the internet? Your browsing history can reveal a lot about your interests, preferences, and even your location. That’s why knowing how to clear your Safari history is crucial for maintaining your privacy.

You might be wondering why this is important. Well, if you’re someone who values your privacy or simply wants to keep your browsing habits to yourself, clearing your history is a must. It’s also relevant to those who share their devices with others and prefer to keep their internet activity private. Plus, it’s a good practice to clear your history regularly to keep your device running smoothly.

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Step by Step Tutorial on How to Clear Safari History

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re trying to achieve here. Clearing your Safari history removes traces of the websites you’ve visited. This can help protect your privacy and also free up some storage space on your device.

Step 1: Open the Settings App

Start by opening the Settings app on your iPhone 15.

In the Settings app, you’ll have access to a variety of options. To clear your browsing history, you need to navigate to the Safari settings.

Step 2: Scroll Down and Tap on Safari

Scroll down until you find Safari and tap on it.

The Safari settings give you control over your web browsing experience, including privacy settings and history.

Step 3: Select “Clear History and Website Data”

Locate and select the “Clear History and Website Data” option.

tap Clear History and Website Data

By tapping on this, you’re just a step away from erasing your browsing history. This action cannot be undone, so make sure you’re ready to clear everything.

Step 4: Confirm the Action

Confirm your choice to clear the history and website data.

Once you confirm, your iPhone will remove all records of your browsing history, cookies, and other website data.

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Additional Information

When it comes to managing your digital privacy, clearing your Safari history on the iPhone 15 is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s also a good idea to regularly review your privacy settings and be mindful of the permissions you grant to apps and websites. Remember, the more proactive you are about your digital privacy, the less you’ll have to worry about your personal information being compromised.

Furthermore, consider using private browsing modes like Safari’s Private Browsing when you don’t want your history to be saved at all. This can be handy for one-off searches or when you’re using a shared device. And finally, keep your iPhone’s software up to date to benefit from the latest security features and fixes.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Safari.
  • Select “Clear History and Website Data.”
  • Confirm the action to clear the history.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does clearing safari history also clear bookmarks.

No, clearing your Safari history will not delete your bookmarks.

Can I recover my browsing history after clearing it?

Once your history is cleared, it cannot be recovered.

Will clearing history log me out of websites?

Yes, you will be logged out from most websites after clearing history and website data.

Can I clear history for a specific time period?

No, clearing history on Safari removes all history; you can’t specify a time period.

Does clearing history affect other devices signed into the same iCloud account?

Yes, if Safari’s iCloud sync is enabled, clearing history will affect all devices signed into the same account.

Keeping your digital life private is crucial in today’s interconnected world, and clearing your Safari history on the iPhone 15 is a step towards that. Not only does this simple act protect your privacy, but it also helps your device run better.

So, whether you’re a privacy enthusiast or just someone who likes to keep things tidy, clearing your Safari history is a smart move. Remember, the digital footprints you leave behind can tell a story you might not want to share, so take control of your data and browse with confidence.

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After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.

His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.

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How To Clear Safari History On IPhone With Restrictions

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Introduction

Clearing browsing history on Safari is a fundamental aspect of maintaining privacy and optimizing the performance of your iPhone. Whether you want to erase your digital footprint for security reasons or simply declutter your browsing experience, knowing how to clear Safari history with restrictions is essential. By following a few simple steps, you can effectively remove your browsing history and website data while adhering to any content and privacy restrictions set on your device.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of clearing Safari history on your iPhone while working within the constraints of content and privacy restrictions. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a clear understanding of how to manage your browsing data effectively, ensuring a seamless and secure online experience.

Let's dive into the details and explore the simple yet crucial steps to clear Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions in place. Whether you are a tech-savvy individual or a novice iPhone user, this guide will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to manage your browsing history with ease.

Step 1: Open Settings

To initiate the process of clearing your Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions, the first step is to open the Settings app. This fundamental action serves as the gateway to accessing and managing various device settings, including those related to browsing history and privacy.

Upon unlocking your iPhone, navigate to the home screen and locate the Settings app icon. It typically features a gear-shaped symbol and is commonly found on the first page of the home screen or within a folder. Tapping on the Settings app icon will launch the application, presenting you with a comprehensive array of configurable options and preferences.

Once inside the Settings app, you will be greeted by a user-friendly interface that organizes device settings into distinct categories. These categories encompass a wide range of functionalities, from general device configurations to specific app settings and privacy controls. As you explore the Settings app, you will notice the intuitive layout designed to facilitate seamless navigation and efficient management of your iPhone's features.

In the context of clearing Safari history with restrictions, opening the Settings app is the crucial first step that sets the stage for subsequent actions. By accessing the Settings app, you gain access to the foundational controls that enable you to customize your device's behavior and manage its data effectively. This initial step paves the way for a streamlined and secure browsing experience, aligning with your privacy and content restrictions while ensuring the optimal performance of Safari on your iPhone.

In summary, opening the Settings app is the essential starting point for clearing Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions. This foundational action lays the groundwork for the subsequent steps, empowering you to navigate through the device settings and take control of your browsing history and privacy settings with ease.

Step 2: Go to Screen Time

Upon entering the Settings app, the next pivotal step in the process of clearing Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions involves navigating to the Screen Time section. Screen Time serves as a comprehensive tool that empowers users to manage and monitor their device usage, including app activities, screen time statistics, and content restrictions. By accessing the Screen Time settings, you gain valuable insights into your digital habits while gaining granular control over various aspects of your iPhone's functionality.

To proceed to the Screen Time section, scroll through the main categories within the Settings app until you locate the "Screen Time" option. This may be positioned prominently within the list of settings, typically featuring a distinctive icon that represents the concept of screen time management and usage tracking. Tapping on the "Screen Time" option will transition you into a dedicated interface designed to offer a comprehensive overview of your device usage patterns and associated controls.

As you delve into the Screen Time settings, you will encounter a wealth of information related to your iPhone usage, including daily and weekly activity reports, app usage insights, and parental controls. This multifaceted tool not only provides visibility into your digital interactions but also empowers you to set restrictions and manage content access, aligning with your preferences and privacy requirements.

The journey to the Screen Time section within the Settings app marks a pivotal stage in the process of clearing Safari history with restrictions. By navigating to this feature-rich area, you position yourself to leverage the robust capabilities of Screen Time, enabling you to align your browsing history management with your desired content and privacy restrictions seamlessly.

In summary, venturing into the Screen Time settings within the Settings app represents a crucial step in the journey to clear Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions. This pivotal action sets the stage for the subsequent steps, empowering you to harness the full potential of Screen Time as you navigate through the process of managing your browsing history and privacy settings effectively.

Step 3: Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions

Upon entering the Screen Time section within the Settings app, the next critical step in the process of clearing Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions involves tapping on "Content & Privacy Restrictions." This pivotal action serves as the gateway to a comprehensive suite of controls that empower you to manage the content accessed on your device and enforce robust privacy restrictions in alignment with your preferences.

As you navigate through the Screen Time settings, the "Content & Privacy Restrictions" option stands out as a central pillar of control, encapsulating a diverse range of settings that govern the digital experiences available on your iPhone. By tapping on this option, you gain access to a wealth of configurable parameters that enable you to tailor the content accessibility and privacy safeguards according to your specific requirements.

Upon tapping on "Content & Privacy Restrictions," you will be prompted to enter your Screen Time passcode, which serves as a crucial security measure to ensure that only authorized users can modify these sensitive settings. This additional layer of authentication underscores the significance of the controls housed within the "Content & Privacy Restrictions" section, emphasizing the paramount importance of safeguarding your privacy and content preferences.

Once you have successfully entered the Screen Time passcode, you will be ushered into a comprehensive interface that presents a multitude of configurable options, ranging from app restrictions and content filters to privacy settings and explicit content controls. This rich tapestry of controls empowers you to fine-tune the digital environment on your iPhone, ensuring that it aligns with your desired content restrictions and privacy parameters.

Within the "Content & Privacy Restrictions" section, you can delve into specific categories such as "Content Restrictions," "Privacy Restrictions," and "Allowed Apps," each offering granular controls that cater to diverse aspects of your digital experience. Whether you seek to restrict certain websites, manage app usage, or enforce privacy safeguards, this section provides the necessary tools to customize your iPhone's behavior in accordance with your preferences.

In essence, tapping on "Content & Privacy Restrictions" within the Screen Time settings represents a pivotal stage in the process of clearing Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions. This action positions you to leverage a comprehensive suite of controls that enable you to tailor the content accessibility and privacy safeguards on your device, ensuring a secure and personalized digital experience that aligns with your preferences and restrictions.

Step 4: Enter Screen Time Passcode

Upon tapping on "Content & Privacy Restrictions" within the Screen Time settings, you will encounter a pivotal security measure that underscores the significance of safeguarding your privacy and content preferences: the requirement to enter the Screen Time passcode. This essential step serves as a crucial authentication mechanism, ensuring that only authorized users can modify the sensitive settings encompassed within the "Content & Privacy Restrictions" section.

The Screen Time passcode, a unique numeric code set by the user or the device administrator, acts as a robust barrier against unauthorized access to critical privacy and content controls. By prompting users to enter this passcode before granting access to the configurable parameters, Apple prioritizes the security and integrity of the user's digital environment, reinforcing the notion of personalized and secure device management.

Upon initiating the process of entering the Screen Time passcode, users are prompted to input the predetermined numeric sequence, thereby validating their authorization to modify the content and privacy restrictions on the device. This deliberate authentication process not only safeguards the user's privacy but also instills a sense of confidence in the efficacy of the privacy controls embedded within the iOS ecosystem.

The act of entering the Screen Time passcode represents a pivotal juncture in the journey to clear Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions. It underscores the user's agency in managing their digital footprint while emphasizing the paramount importance of privacy and content security. By adhering to this security protocol, users can navigate through the sensitive settings with the assurance that their privacy and content preferences are safeguarded against unauthorized modifications.

In essence, the requirement to enter the Screen Time passcode serves as a testament to Apple's commitment to user privacy and security, ensuring that users can manage their digital experiences within a robust and personalized framework. This security measure, woven into the fabric of the iOS ecosystem, reinforces the notion of user empowerment and privacy-centric device management, aligning with the overarching ethos of Apple's commitment to user-centric innovation and security.

Step 5: Tap on Clear History and Website Data

After successfully navigating to the "Content & Privacy Restrictions" section and entering the Screen Time passcode, the next crucial step in the process of clearing Safari history on your iPhone with restrictions involves tapping on "Clear History and Website Data." This pivotal action serves as the definitive mechanism to erase your browsing history and associated website data, ensuring a clean slate for your digital footprint while adhering to the content and privacy restrictions set on your device.

Upon tapping on "Clear History and Website Data," you will be presented with a prompt that seeks confirmation for the deletion of your browsing history and website data. This deliberate confirmation step serves as a safeguard against inadvertent data loss, ensuring that users can make an informed decision before proceeding with the deletion process. By prompting users to confirm their intent, Apple underscores the significance of data privacy and empowers users to exercise control over their digital footprint with mindfulness and deliberation.

Once the confirmation is provided, the Safari browser will initiate the process of clearing the browsing history and website data, effectively removing the traces of your online activities from the device. This comprehensive data erasure encompasses not only the browsing history but also associated website data, including cookies, cached files, and other browsing-related information. By purging this data, users can ensure a streamlined and privacy-enhanced browsing experience, aligning with their content and privacy restrictions while optimizing the performance of the Safari browser on their iPhone.

The act of tapping on "Clear History and Website Data" represents the culmination of the process to clear Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions, marking the definitive step towards managing and safeguarding your digital privacy. By embracing this action, users can proactively declutter their browsing history, mitigate privacy risks, and optimize the performance of their device, all within the confines of the content and privacy restrictions set on their iPhone.

In essence, tapping on "Clear History and Website Data" embodies the user's agency in managing their digital footprint, underscoring the pivotal role of privacy controls in shaping a secure and personalized browsing experience. This deliberate action, woven into the fabric of iOS device management, empowers users to navigate their digital interactions with confidence, knowing that their privacy and content preferences are upheld with unwavering commitment within the iOS ecosystem.

In conclusion, the process of clearing Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions encompasses a series of deliberate and pivotal steps that underscore the paramount importance of privacy, security, and user empowerment within the iOS ecosystem. By navigating through the Settings app, venturing into the Screen Time section, and tapping into the Content & Privacy Restrictions, users embark on a journey that culminates in the deliberate action of clearing browsing history and website data. This journey, woven into the fabric of iOS device management, embodies the ethos of user-centric innovation and privacy-centric device management, aligning with Apple's unwavering commitment to user empowerment and data privacy.

The deliberate sequence of steps, from opening the Settings app to entering the Screen Time passcode and tapping on "Clear History and Website Data," underscores the user's agency in managing their digital footprint while adhering to content and privacy restrictions. Each step serves as a testament to Apple's dedication to user privacy and security, ensuring that users can navigate their digital experiences within a robust and personalized framework.

By embracing the process of clearing Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions, users proactively declutter their browsing history, mitigate privacy risks, and optimize the performance of the Safari browser, all within the confines of their content and privacy restrictions. This deliberate action empowers users to exercise control over their digital footprint with mindfulness and deliberation, reinforcing the notion of user empowerment and privacy-centric device management.

Ultimately, the journey to clear Safari history on an iPhone with restrictions transcends the mere act of data erasure; it embodies a commitment to user privacy, security, and personalized device management. As users navigate through the sensitive settings and engage in deliberate actions to safeguard their digital privacy, they contribute to a privacy-enhanced digital ecosystem, fostering a culture of mindful and empowered digital interactions within the iOS landscape.

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Give your iPhone a fresh start by clearing your browser cache.

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A clear cache keeps your browsing snappy.

Your  iPhone  can get cluttered, just like the rest of your home. No, I'm not talking about too many videos of your kids and pets, or too many memes saved to your camera roll. I'm talking about your browser cache.

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If you're cleaning up your home for the spring, don't forget to spruce up your iPhone's cache, especially if your browsing starts to feel sluggish over time. It takes only a few seconds to keep your iPhone 15 or 15 Plus , iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max or any other model moving as fast as possible. 

Browser caches are intended as a convenience, but without proper maintenance, they can turn into more of a hassle. Think of them like a table, counter or other flat surface in your home that starts as a quick place to leave and grab your keys but eventually turns into a cluttered mess where it's impossible to find anything. Your cache stores website data for faster retrieval the next time you visit, but if the design or content of that site changes, it can actually slow down your browsing or lead to bad formatting on the site. Clearing your cache is like clearing off the counter so everything is clean and easy to navigate.

Whether you use  Chrome , Safari or other browsers on your iPhone, your cache builds up that digital clutter over time. Clearing your cache gives the browser a new start, which can speed up your web surfing, even on  iOS 17 . (If you're trying to get your phone to run faster, try  managing your iPhone's storage .)

Website cookies are similar, except they store information about user data, rather than data on the website itself. Clearing your cookies gives you a chance to reset those preferences, which could improve your browsing experience. Note that clearing your cache and cookies will log you out of sites, which means you'll have to log into them again and reset any preferences. The upfront investment of that time can lead to a smoother experience down the road, and it can be a useful fix if you've recently changed settings that aren't being applied properly.

Here are step-by-step guides on how to clear your cache on your iPhone based on  the browser you use . 

How to clear your iPhone cache in Safari

Safari is the default browser on iPhones, and you can clear your Safari cache in a few short steps. Starting with iOS 11, following this process will affect all devices signed in to your iCloud account . As a result, all your devices' caches will be cleared, and you'll need to sign in to everything the next time you use them. Here's what to do.

1 . Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2 . Select Safari from the list of apps.

3 . Go to Clear History and Website Data.

4 . Choose Clear History and Data in the pop-up box.

Then you're set!

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How to clear your iPhone cache in Chrome

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It's easy to clear your iPhone cache in Chrome.

Chrome is another popular browser for iPhone users. Thankfully, Google has simplified the process for clearing your Chrome cache, making it much faster to clear your data. 

1 . Open the Chrome app.

2 . Select the three dots in the bottom right to open more options.

3 . Swipe over to Settings in the top menu bar. 

4 . Scroll down and tap Privacy and security .

5 . Tap Clear Browsing Data  to open up another menu. Select the intended time range at the top of the menu (anywhere from Last Hour to All Time). Make sure that Cookies, Site Data is checked, along with Cached Images and Files . Finally, hit Clear Browsing Data at the bottom of the screen.

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How to clear your iPhone cache in Firefox

If you're a Firefox devotee, don't worry. Clearing the cache on your iPhone is pretty straightforward. Just follow these steps. 

1 . Click the hamburger menu in the bottom right corner to open up options.

2 . Choose Settings at the bottom of the menu.

3 . Select  Data Management  in the Privacy section.

4 . You can select Website Data to clear data for individual sites, or select Clear Private Data at the bottom of the screen to clear data from all selected fields.

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What happens when you clear the cache? 

Clearing your cache removes the website data your phone stored locally to prevent having to download that data upon each new visit. The data in your cache builds over time and can end up slowing things down if it becomes too bulky or out of date. (My phone had about 150MB of data stored in Chrome when I checked.) Clearing that data gives sites a fresh start, which may fix some loading errors and speed up your browser. Clearing your cache also signs you out of pages, so be prepared to sign in to everything again. 

How often do I need to clear my cache?

Most people only need to clear their caches once every month or two. That's generally the point when your browser will build up a cache large enough to start slowing things down. If you frequent a large number of sites, you should err on the side of clearing your cache more often.

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How to Clear Cookies On Your iPhone (and Why You Should)

T his is a complete guide on how to clear cookies on iPhone . It covers the most popular mobile browsers, such as Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

When you delete cookies, you free up space on your iPhone and stop websites from following you around the web. Therefore, you protect your personal information and privacy online.

Let's jump right to it.

What Are Cookies on My iPhone?

Cookies are small encrypted pieces of information that websites store on your iPhone to remember information about you and your visit.

A typical example would be when you visit an online store and add a product to your shopping cart but don't complete the order.

So next time you visit the same website, you'll find your item right where you left it, in the shopping cart. That's the power of cookies.

Should I Clear Cookies on My iPhone?

Besides personalizing your experience and making surfing the web a pleasant adventure, cookies can sometimes become a serious problem. At some point, you may need to delete them from your browser.

Even though they're tiny, they can take up space over time, which may affect your device's performance speed.

Speaking of performance, please read this helpful article for an in-depth guide on how to speed up your iPhone .

Sometimes, cookies get obsolete, which can create vulnerability so hackers can steal your information. You sure don't want any of that.

That's why you need to clear cookies on your iPhone because it can protect your phone from hackers . So enough with the waffling; we've got a lot to cover in this guide. Let’s get started.

How to Clear Cookies in Safari on an iPhone

While cookies may pose a problem in certain circumstances, we don't recommend you block them altogether.

This will lead to bad user experiences. Instead, delete them periodically. Without further ado, let's get started.

Step 1 . To clear cookies on your iPhone, open the Settings app, scroll down until you find the Safari app, and tap on it.

Step 2 . Under the "Privacy & Security" section of the Safari screen, tap Clear History and Website Data .

A prompt window will show up asking for your confirmation

Step 3 . Select the time period for which you want to delete cookies (e.g., last hour, today, today and yesterday, all history). Then, tap Clear History to remove your browsing history, cookies, and other website data from Safari.

This method will delete all cookies stored in Safari and also erase all cache, browsing history, and other data.

Delete Cookies for Specific Sites on Safari

If you only want to delete cookies for certain websites, proceed this way.

Step 1 . From the Home screen, open Settings and select Safari .

Step 2 . Tap  Advanced at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3 . On the next screen, select Website Data .

Step 4 . You should see a list of all cookies saved on your iPhone for every website you've visited. Tap Remove All Website Data at the end of the screen to delete every single cookie saved on your browser.

Step 5 . A prompt will appear on the screen to confirm your decision. Just tap Remove Now . This will prevent websites from tracking what you do on the web.

If you want to delete cookies for a particular website, tap the Edit button on the upper right of the screen, then tap the red minus icon next to the website name.

To delete cookies for a specific website, swipe left on that website's entry.

As mentioned earlier, we don't recommend blocking cookies as some websites require them to function properly.

However, if you still wish to proceed, here's how to block all cookies on an iPhone.

  • Open the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Scroll down and tap Safari .
  • Tap Advanced .
  • Turn on Block All Cookies by sliding the toggle to the right.
  • Then, tap Block All to confirm your action.

Not everyone is a fan of Safari. If you happen to use other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera to surf the web on your iPhone, here's how to delete cookies stored by them.

How to Clear Cookies in Chrome on Your iPhone

Follow the steps below to clear cookies in Chrome on your iPhone.

1. Launch the Chrome app, then tap the  ... menu icon in the lower-right corner.

2. On the next screen, select  Settings from the menu tab.

3. Swipe up, then select  Privacy . You may not need to swipe if you have an iPhone with a large display.

4. On the next screen, tap  Clear Browsing Data to delete all the data Chrome has stored when visiting web sites over time.

5. From the list, choose what you want to delete. To clear only cookies on your iPhone, select " Cookies , Site Data. " You can also specify a time range if needed.

6. Choose  Clear Browsing Data , then tap  Clear Browsing Data  again to confirm your decision.

How to Clear Cookies in Firefox on Your iPhone

Follow the instructions below to clear cookies in Firefox on your iPhone.

1. From your home screen, open the Firefox app, then tap the hamburger menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

2. Tap Settings right at the bottom.

3. Scroll down and select Data Management .

4. Tap Clear Private Data at the bottom of the page and confirm your decision by tapping OK in the confirmation window.

How to Clear Cookies on Opera on Your iPhone

Now that we've covered Chrome and Firefox let's see how to clear cookies on Opera on your iPhone. The steps are pretty similar.

1. Open the Opera app and tap the vertical three-dots Menu button at the top right corner of the screen.

2. Then, tap on  Settings from the drop-down menu.

3. In the  Browser section, tap Clear Browser Data .

4. Select Cookies and Site Data from the list. Note that this will sign you out of most sites.

5. Then, tap the Clear button at the top right corner of the screen.

After following the steps, a "Data Cleared" message will appear, confirming that all cookies stored by Opera have been deleted and reset.

Final Thoughts on Clearing Cookies on iPhone

Clearing cookies periodically on your iPhone can protect your online privacy and make your device run faster by freeing up storage space and removing website data that may contain personal information.

Let us know if this helped you clear cookies on your iPhone. If you have any feedback or questions, please don't hesitate to comment below.

FAQs on Clearing Cookies on iPhone

Should I clear cookies on my iPhone?

Although not essential, periodically clearing the cookies on your iPhone can free up storage space and resolve certain browsing problems.

What happens when I delete iPhone cookies?

When you delete your iPhone cookies, it removes all the data from the built-in browser.

Is there a downside to deleting cookies?

Clearing cookies can enhance your internet speed, but it may result in slower access to frequently visited websites.

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How to Clear the Cache on an iPad

All the websites you've ever visited are still hogging up space on your ipad. take a minute out to clear them..

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Even if some of us have no idea what online cookies are, we accept a ton of them every day. Not only are they a privacy concern, but they also take up memory on your device.

Refer to this helpful guide for a detailed and easy lesson on internet cookies. For the scope of this piece, all you need to know is that every time you click on ‘Accept Cookies’ or even visit a site, you’re putting a bunch of files on your device. These files pile up over time, slow your iPad down, and hog up space.

If you frequently use Safari on your iPad, you probably have a lot of passwords, cookies, site permissions, and other login info in your Safari cache. It’s a good habit to clear that from time to time.

Note that this will require re-entering login credentials or other personal info on some sites since clearing your cache will make your Safari brand new again. Also, note that this will only clear your Safari data, not your browsing history, and save website data from other apps on your iPad.

While at it, you might also want to clear your iPhone’s cache and help speed it up.

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To clear the cache on your iPad, open Safari > tap on the Show Sidebar icon on the top-left > click on the History icon > and tap Clear.   Both of these icons are highlighted in the screenshot above. Clicking on Clear will show you multiple timeframes. If you want all your cache deleted, pick ‘All time.’

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Keep your browsing history private in Safari and Maps

Reviewing and clearing search history and caches for browsers and other apps may be a good practice if you’re concerned someone has access to your device. Many apps store information about what you’ve searched for and what you’ve looked at so that it’s easy for you to rediscover it in the future. For example, when you use the Maps app, having a history of locations you’ve searched for or navigated to can make it easier to navigate back to a place you recently visited.

If you’re in an unsafe personal situation and need to look up safety strategies online but don’t want Safari to keep a record of what you’ve viewed, you can open a Private Browsing window on iPhone , iPad , and Mac . When you use Private Browsing, the details of your browsing aren’t saved, and they aren’t shared across your devices. Additionally, if you’ve updated your devices to iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 , or macOS Sonoma 14 , Safari locks Private Browsing tabs after a period of inactivity so that they can be opened only with your password, passcode, Face ID or Touch ID , protecting your privacy when you’re away from your device. You can clear your browsing history and open a Private Browsing window on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Clear your browsing history in Safari

If you’ve been looking up information about safety strategies online and are concerned someone may see your browsing history, you can remove all records that Safari keeps about where you’ve browsed.

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When you clear your history, Safari removes data it saves as a result of your browsing, including:

A history of the webpages you visited

The back and forward list for open webpages

A list of frequently visited sites

Recent searches

Icons for webpages

Snapshots saved for open webpages

A list of items you downloaded (downloaded files aren’t removed)

Websites you added for a Quick Website Search

Websites that asked to use your location

Websites that asked to send you notifications

Clear recent directions and favorites in Maps on iPhone and iPad

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Do one of the following:

Swipe a recent route left.

Tap More directly above the list, then swipe a recent route left; or to delete a group of routes, tap Clear above the group.

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Clear recent directions and favorites in Maps on Mac

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Below Recents, click Clear Recents.

If you want to remove a Favorite location, Control-click a location (in the sidebar below Favorites), then choose Remove from Favorites.

Open a Private Browsing window on iPhone

Open the Safari app.

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The tab is automatically added to a Tab Group called Private. You can open multiple private tabs in the group.

You can easily confirm that you’re in Private Browsing Mode by checking that the search field bar is gray or that it displays the word Private.

Open a Private Browsing window on iPad

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While Private Browsing Mode is on, the search field background is black instead of white and sites you visit don’t appear in History on iPad or in the list of tabs on your other devices. You can open multiple private tabs in the Private Tab Group.

Open a Private Browsing window on Mac

A window using Private Browsing has a dark Smart Search field with white text.

A normal Safari window on a Mac with its light Smart Search field, and a private Safari window with its dark Smart Search field.

Browse as you normally would.

If you want to always open windows with Private Browsing on Mac

Click the “Safari opens with” pop-up menu, then choose “A new private window.”

If you don’t see this option, do one of the following:

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To further enhance Safari privacy

In your Downloads folder, delete any items that were downloaded while you were using Private Browsing windows.

Close any other Private Browsing windows that are still open, to prevent other people from using the Back and Forward buttons to see pages you visited.

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iOS System Data bug stealing your iPhone storage? Here are 5 solutions

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There’s been an iOS bug for years that gobbles up a big percentage of an iPhone’s available storage. The issue persists in iOS 17.4 and 17.5 but fortunately, there are solutions that don’t involve wiping your iPhone. Here’s how to fix the iPhone System Data storage bug.

Across Apple’s Community forums , Reddit , and more, iOS users have complained about the iPhone System Data storage bug for years (some reports date back to iOS 13). I haven’t had trouble with the bug until iOS 17.3-17.5 where I’ve seen up to 60 GB of storage eaten up by iOS System Data.

And it’s not just a reporting bug, the storage used by System Data is unusable. Unlike the cache in individual iOS apps or Apple apps like Safari, there’s no button to quickly empty System Data. Here’s how Apple describes what it’s used for:

System Data includes caches, logs and other resources currently in use by the system. This value will fluctuate according to system needs.

Apple hasn’t offered an official solution to the problem, but there are several ways to resolve the issue. We’ll start from the simplest and quickest option to more involved tactics.

How to fix the iPhone System Data storage bug

You can see how much storage System Data is using on your iPhone by heading to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Go to the very bottom > System Data

  • Head back to iPhone Storage > System Data to see if that’s helped
  • This alone has worked to reduce my System Data by over 50 GB (but sometimes in days or weeks it will inflate again with further restarts helping)
  • Head to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages > 1 year or 30 Days
  • Some users report having success with deleting and reinstalling Apple TV to clear the cache and doing the same with apps like Instagram, TikTok, Discord, Slack, etc.
  • Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data (note: this impacts any sites you were logged into, etc.)
  • Via Reddit user Vertsix , there is a more complex “date trick” that seems to work reliably to purge iOS System Data – make sure to follow the steps as described to avoid losing iMessages in the process

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