Manage Your Browsing History in Safari for the iPhone

Clear selected entries or your entire history for privacy purposes

The Safari web browser on your iPhone keeps a log of web pages that you visit. There are two primary places to clear the Safari history on your phone: from the Safari app and through the Settings app.

These procedures work for iOS 12 and all recent versions of the Apple mobile operating system.

Clear Browsing History Using the Safari App

When you use Safari to delete the history off your iPhone, you're given various times that you can clear back to, such as just the last hour or even everything Safari has accumulated since the last time it was cleaned.

When you clear the history in Safari for your iPhone, not only is the history removed but also cookies and other browsing data.

Within Safari, tap the bookmarks icon and then tap the clock icon. Select Clear, then specify the appropriate option from the list: The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, or All time.

Safari for iPhone showing how to clear the browser history

All the history in the period you select is deleted immediately. There's no further confirmation.

To delete only a few entries from the history instead of everything, instead of using the Clear button, swipe from right to left over the website you want to remove, and then choose Delete.

Clear Browsing History Using the Settings App

Another way to delete your Safari browsing history that doesn't require opening the browser is through the Settings app. However, you're not given the option to delete the information selectively; it's an all or nothing deal.

Tap Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. When you see the confirmation box warning, tap Clear History and Data.

iPhone showing how to delete Safari browsing history through the Settings app