How to Remove Safari Browsing History and Cookies on iPhone and iPad

If you are in habit of browsing websites on your iPhone or iPad in Safari browser, you need to do some maintenance of the browser. By maintenance I mean clearing safari history and cookies on iPhone and iPad.

This frequent spring-cleaning exercise can help you load Safari browser smoothly; moreover, it also enhances the browser’s security if you tend to open sensitive information on your iOS devices. Users normally save their log in ids and passwords on browsers, and therefore, deleting cookies and cache helps protect your private data.

Before we deal with how to delete history and cookies in Safari, let’s check how you can view your tab’s recent history.

How to View Recent Safari History on iOS Device

Step #1: Tap on Safari app from the Home screen of your iOS device.

Launch Safari

Step #2: You will see page forward and page backward buttons at the bottom. Long press the page back button.

Long press the page back button.

Step #3: This will bring up History of the current tab on your phone’s screen. Note that you cannot clear the history from this screen; you can just view what you have browsed on this tab.

View History on Safari Browser

This was how you could see a tab’s recent history. If you want to view full history on your Safari, follow below mentioned steps.

How to Search or View Full History in Safari Browser

Step #1: Launch Safari app on your iPhone/iPad.

Launch Safari

Step #2: From the bottom menu, tap on Bookmarks icon (this icon looks like an open book).

Tap on Bookmarks icon

Step #3: You will see three tabs on top of your iOS device screen: Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. Tap on Bookmarks tab.

Tap on Bookmarks tab

Step #4: Next, tap on History from the list.

Tap on History

Step #5: Here, you can view and search full history. Gently tap on Search History bar and type in related query.

Tap on Search History and type in related query

How to Delete Browsing History, Cookies and Website Data in Safari on iPhone or iPad

Sometimes your iPhone or iPad runs slow; you need to delete browser history, cookies and website data in Safari.

Step #1: Open Safari app on iPhone/iPad.

Launch Safari

Step #2: Tap on the Bookmarks button from the top menu.

Tap on Bookmarks

Step #3: Next, tap History from the list of options.

Tap on History Tab

Step #4: At the bottom right corner, tap Clear button.

Tap on Clear

This will swipe up a few options: The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All time.

The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All time Option after tapping on Clear

Step #5: Simply choose any one option.

Note that this action will also clear History from all iCloud devices.

Alternatively, you can also remove safari history and data from Settings of your iPhone/iPad.

Step #1: Launch Settings app on iPhone or iPad.

Tap on Settings

Step #2: Scroll down and tap on Safari.

Tap on Safari Option from Settings

Step #3: Again scroll down to tap on Clear History and Website Data option.

Tap on Clear History and Website Data

Step #4: A menu will swipe up asking you to clear history and data. Simply tap on Clear History and Data.

Tap on Clear History and Website Data option

Now you can open the Safari app from the Home screen to check that all history data is removed from the app.

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