Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Clear Private Data, Caches, and Cookies on Mac Cover your tracks in Safari by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on April 13, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email To minimize the dangers of using your browser or accessing your email while on a public computer, instruct Safari to purge all information: its cache, browsing history, form data, and other information. Instructions in this article apply to the Safari web browser for macOS, OS X, and iOS devices. To remove your browsing history, cookies, caches, and other website data from Safari on your Mac and across any synchronized devices: Select Safari > Clear History from the menu bar at the top of the Safari screen. Select the Clear dropdown arrow and choose either the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history. You are notified that the history is also removed on other devices that are signed in to your iCloud account. Click Clear History. You can also clear all history by selecting History > Clear History. You have the same options here: the last hour, today, today and yesterday, and all history. There is no confirmation, and the deletion is immediate. From here, you also have options to view all history or to view history by specific days. Clear Data (But Not History) for Specific Sites in Safari Clearing data does not remove sites from your browsing history. You may want to clear your history in addition to deleting certain sites' data. Select Safari > Preferences. Select the Privacy tab. Click Manage Website Data. All sites you've visited that store data via cookies, database, or local storage (such as cookies or files) are listed here. For each site whose data you want to remove, highlight the site in the list and click Remove. To remove all the sites, click Remove All. Removing the data of any particular site might log you out of it or change the site's behavior. Click Done. Close the Privacy preferences window. Clear Private Data, Empty Caches, and Remove Cookies in Safari for iOS To delete all Safari history entries, cookies, and data websites using your iOS mobile device: Open Settings. Go to Safari. Tap Clear History and Website Data. Tap Clear History and Data to confirm and delete all the entries. View Sites and Selectively Delete Data on iOS Devices To delete Safari history for a specific website on your iOS mobile device: Open Settings. Tap Safari. Select Advanced at the bottom of the screen. Tap Website Data. Scroll through the list of entries. Swipe to the left on any entry and tap Delete to remove it. To remove all the entries, tap Remove All Website Data at the bottom of the entry list.