Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Manage Your Browsing History in Safari Revisit websites or remove them from your browsing history By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated February 27, 2020 VVadyab / Getty Images Browsers Safari Chrome Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Apple's Safari web browser keeps a log of websites that you've visited in the past. Its default settings record a significant amount of browsing history; you don't have to change anything to save your browsing history in Safari. In time, though, you may need to use or manage it. You can look back through your history to revisit a particular site, and you can delete some or all of your browsing history for privacy or data storage purposes, whether you use Safari on a Mac or an iOS device. Instructions in this article apply to Macs running OS X Yosemite (10.10) and later, and mobile devices running iOS 8 and above. How to Manage Browsing History in Safari on macOS Safari has long been a standard feature on Mac computers. It is built into the operating system of Mac OS X and macOS. Here's how to manage Safari's history on a Mac. Click History in the menu located at the top of the screen to view a drop-down menu with icons and titles of the web pages you have visited recently. Click any of the websites to load the respective page, or click one of the previous days at the bottom of the menu to see more options. To clear your Safari browsing history, cookies and other site-specific data that's been stored locally, choose Clear History at the bottom of the History drop-down menu. Select the period you want to clear from the drop-down menu. Options are: The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All history. Click Clear History to delete the list of sites. If you sync your Safari data with any Apple mobile devices via iCloud, the history on those devices is cleared as well. How to Use a Private Window in Safari To prevent websites from ever appearing in the Safari browsing history, use a Private Window when you access the internet. Select New Private Window under the File menu to create one. You can also press Shift+Command+N on your keyboard. When you close the Private Window, Safari won't remember your search history, the web pages you visited, or any Autofill information. The only distinguishing feature of the new window is that the address bar is tinted dark gray. The browsing history for all tabs in this window is private. How to Manage Browsing History in Safari on iOS Devices The Safari app is part of the iOS operating system used in Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. To manage the Safari browsing history on an iOS device: Tap the Safari app to open it. Tap the Bookmarks icon on the menu at the bottom of the screen. It resembles an open book. Tap the History icon at the top of the screen that opens. It resembles a clock face. Scroll through the screen for a website to open. Tap an entry to go to the page in Safari. To clear the browsing history, tap Clear at the bottom of the History screen. Choose from four options: The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All time. Clearing the history removes history, cookies and other browsing data. If your iOS device is signed into your iCloud account, the browsing history will be removed from other devices that are signed in. Tap Done to exit the screen and return to the browser page.