How to Manage Your Browsing History in Safari

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The History Menu

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Safari keeps a log of websites that you've visited in the past, with its default settings configured to record a significant amount of browsing history.

This tutorial describes two things: how you can look back through your history in order to revisit a particular site as well as how to delete some or all of it for privacy (or data storage) purposes.


  1. Click the Safari icon in the dock.
  2. Choose History in the menu located at the top of the screen.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, icons and titles of the web pages you have loaded recently will appear. Click any of them to load the respective page.

    Directly below these links you'll find the rest of your recorded browsing history, grouped by day into sub-menus. If you have visited more than ten pages on the current day there will also be a sub-menu labeled Earlier Today, containing the rest of the day's history.

To clear your Safari browsing history, cookies and other site-specific data that's been stored locally:

  1. Choose Clear History at the very bottom of the History drop-down menu.
  2. You should be given the option to delete this information from specific time intervals, including the last hour or day, as well as all history.


  1. Open the Safari app from the home screen of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  2. Tap the bookmarks icon on the bottom menu.
  3. From the Bookmarks tab (the first one among the three), choose History.
  4. Flip through or search the page for things to open, and tap whichever page you'd like to revisit.

If you want to clear out these pages:

  1. Tap Clear at the very bottom of the History page.
  2. Choose between The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday and All time.
  3. You can tap Done to exit that History screen and return to the browser page.

However, other browser data isn't removed this way. To delete cookies, cache files, and other related data:

  1. Tap the Settings app from the home screen.
  2. Scroll down and open Safari.
  3. Find the PRIVACY & SECURITY area and then tap Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap Clear History and Data to confirm it.
  5. Once the confirmation prompt disappears, you know the data has been deleted, and you can exit that page of the settings.
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