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 clear safari history and cookies on iPhone or iPad, 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.
Step #2: You will see page forward and page backward buttons at the bottom. 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.
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.
Step #2: From the bottom menu, tap on Bookmarks icon (this icon looks like an open book).
Step #3: You will see three tabs on top of your iOS device screen: Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. Tap on Bookmarks tab.
Step #4: Next, tap on History from the list.
Step #5: Here, you can view and search full history. Gently tap on Search History bar 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.
Step #2: Tap on the Bookmarks button from the top menu.
Step #3: Next, tap History from the list of options.
Step #4: At the bottom right corner, tap Clear button.
This will swipe up a few options: The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All time.
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.
Step #2: Scroll down and tap on Safari.
Step #3: Again scroll down to tap on Clear History and Website Data option.
Step #4: A menu will swipe up asking you to clear history and data. Simply tap on Clear History and Data.
Now you can open the Safari app from the Home screen to check that all history data is removed from the app.