How to Delete Frequently Visited Websites on Your iPhone

Clear the list in Safari or Chrome

When you browse the web on your iPhone, the Safari and Chrome mobile browsers keep records of websites you visit. When you visit a website regularly, the browsers recognize it as a frequently visited or favorite site. This makes the site's icon readily available to you when you open a new tab.

If your preferences change, you have privacy concerns, or you want to remove your list of frequently visited sites and start fresh, it's easy to delete your most visited sites in Safari and Chrome.

Sites you visit while browsing in Private or Incognito mode aren't saved in the Safari Frequently Visited section or the Chrome most-visited list.

Google Chrome and Safari web browser applications on iPhone 7.
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Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari on an iPhone

In Safari, icons for sites you visit often appear under the Frequently Visited heading when you open a new tab. It's easy to delete these sites one at a time.

Frequently visited sites are different from Favorites. Sites that appear under the Favorites heading are sites you marked as a favorite. Frequently visited sites are automatically added unless you disable this function.

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone and open a new tab. You'll see a Favorites heading and a Frequently Visited heading.

  2. To remove a site from your Frequently Visited list, tap and hold the site's icon.

  3. Tap Delete on the pop-up menu.

  4. The site is removed from your Frequently Visited list.

    Deleting a frequently visited site on iPhone

How to Disable Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

Stop any new sites from appearing in your Frequently Visited list of the Safari browser by disabling the feature.

  1. Go to Settings > Safari.

  2. Tap the Frequently Visited Sites toggle so that it turns from green (enabled) to white (disabled).

    Turning off Frequently Visited Sites on an iPhone
  3. Repeat these steps to re-enable this functionality at any time.

Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Chrome on an iPhone

On an iPhone, Chrome displays your most-visited sites below the search bar on a new tab.

  1. Open Chrome on your iPhone and open a new tab.

  2. Tap and hold the icon of the site you want to remove.

  3. Select Remove.

  4. The site's icon is removed from your most-visited sites.

    Removing a frequently visited site from Chrome