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, cookies and cache on iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6(s) Plus, 6(s) and iPad in iOS 11 or iOS 10.

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 safari browsing history, cookies and cache on iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6(s) Plus, 6(s) and iPad in iOS 11 or iOS 10, let’s check how you can view your tab’s recent history.

How to Clear Safari History, Cookies and Cache on iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6(s) Plus, 6(s) and iPad in iOS 11 or iOS 10

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.

How to Delete History, Cookies and Website Data on iPhone and iPad from Safari Browser

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 tab.

Tap on History tab in Safari browser

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

Tap on Clear to delete all safari browsing history and website data

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

Clear Safari History and Browsing Data

Step #5: Simply choose any one option.

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

How to Clear Safari History and Cookies from Settings App

Step #1: Tap Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Open Settings on iPhone or iPad running iOS 11

Step #2: Tap on Safari.

Tap on Safari

Step #3: Now, tap on clear History and Website Data.

Tap on clear History and Website Data

Step #4: Finally, tap on clear history and data to confirm your action.

Tap on clear history and data to confirm your action

This will clear all your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari but this won’t change your AutoFill information.

How to Clear Safari Cookies on iPhone and iPad from Settings App

Step #1: Launch Settings on your iOS device.

Step #2: Now, tap on Safari.

Tap on Safari

Step #3: Tap on Advanced → Website Data.

Tap on Advanced and Website Data

Step #4: Finally tap on Remove All Website Data.

Tap on Remove All Website Data

If you see settings greyed out then it means that there is no history or website data to delete. The setting might also be greyed out if you have set parental controls for the websites. To change your settings, Tap on Settings→ General→ Restrictions enter the passcode and then tap Websites. Follow this guide, if you have forgotten Restrictions Passcode.

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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