How to Manage Your Browsing History In Safari for the iPhone

You can manage your browser history on the iPhone with Safari.

Please note that this tutorial was created on an older version of iOS. If necessary, visit the updated version created on iOS 5.1.

The Safari Web browser on your iPhone keeps a log of Web pages that you have visited in the past.

From time to time you may find it useful to look back through your history in order to revisit a particular site. You may also have the desire to clear this history for privacy purposes or to prevent government spying. In this tutorial, you will learn how to do both of these things.

Please note that the Safari application must be completely shut down prior to clearing any history, cache, cookies, etc. If you are unsure how to do this, visit our How to Kill iPhone Apps tutorial.

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The Bookmarks Button

First, open your Safari browser by tapping on the Safari icon, normally located on your iPhone Home Screen.

Your Safari browser window should now be displayed on your iPhone. Click on the Bookmarks button, located at the bottom of the screen.

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Select 'History' from the Bookmarks Menu

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The Bookmarks Menu should now be displayed on your iPhone screen. Select the choice labeled History, located at the top of the menu.

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Your Browsing History

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Safari's browsing history should now be displayed on your iPhone screen. Notice in the example shown here that sites visited earlier in the day, such as About.com and ESPN are displayed individually. Sites that were visited on previous days are separated into sub-menus. To view a particular day's browsing history, simply select the appropriate date from the menu. When a specific entry in the iPhone's browsing history is selected, the Safari browser immediately takes you to that particular Web page.

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Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 1)

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If you would like to clear your Safari browsing history completely it can be done in two simple steps.

At the bottom left-hand corner of the History menu is an option labeled Clear. Select this to delete your history records.

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Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 2)

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A confirmation message will now appear on your screen. To continue with deleting Safari's browsing history, select Clear History. To terminate the process, select Cancel.

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Alternate Method to Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 1)

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Steps 4 and 5 of this tutorial describe how to clear Safari's browsing history on the iPhone directly through the browser itself. There is an alternate method to accomplish this task which does not require opening the browser application at all.

First select the Settings icon, normally located toward the top of your iPhone Home Screen.

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Alternate Method to Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 2)

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Your iPhone Settings menu should now be displayed. Scroll down until you see the choice labeled Safari. Select Safari.

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Alternate Method to Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 3)

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Safari's Settings should now be displayed on your iPhone. To continue deleting the browser's history, select the button labeled Clear History.

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Alternate Method to Clear Safari's Browsing History (Part 4)

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A confirmation message will now appear on your screen. To continue with deleting Safari's browsing history, select Clear History. To terminate the process, select Cancel.

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