How to Manage Your Browsing History in Safari for the iPhone

Clear selected entries or your entire history for privacy purposes

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The Safari web browser on your iPhone keeps a log of web pages that you visit. From time to time you may find it useful to look back through your history to revisit a particular site. You may also want to clear this history for privacy purposes. In iOS 11, you can clear your Safari browser history in two places: from the Safari app and the iPhone's Settings app.

Delete Your Entire Browsing History in the Safari App

The browsing history is located in its own tab inside the bookmarks icon in Safari. To access:

  1. Tap on the Safari icon on your iPhone to open the app.
  2. Click on the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the Safari screen. It resembles an open book.
  3. Tap the Clock tab at the top of the Bookmarks screen to open your browsing history. Websites are listed in reverse chronological order.
  4. If you want to delete everything in the history, tap Clear at the bottom of the screen. Note that clearing the entire history removes history, cookies and other browsing data. If your iPhone is signed in to your iCloud account, the history is removed from your other devices that are signed in as well. 
  5. Pick one of the options on the delete screen: The last half hourTodayToday and Yesterday, or All time

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

Delete Only Some History Entries in the Safari App

It could be that you'd rather delete only a few specific entries in your browsing history. To do this:

  1. Tap on the Safari icon on your iPhone to open the app.
  2. Click on the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the Safari screen. 
  3. Tap the Clock tab at the top of the Bookmarks screen to open your browsing history. 
  4. To delete only some entries in the history, locate each entry you want to delete in the list of websites and swipe across it from right to left.
  5. Tap the red Delete button that appears next to the entry.

There is no confirmation screen when you delete browsing history entries in this way.

Delete Your Entire Browsing History in the Settings App

You can also delete your browsing history without opening the Safari app at all.

  1. Tap the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Select Safari on the Settings screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Safari screen and tap Clear History and Website Data. The confirmation screen that opens warns you that this action clears all history, cookies, and other data from the iPhone and all other devices signed in to your iCloud account.
  4. Tap Clear History and Data.

Note: There is no option to select individual entries for deletion through the Settings app. You can only do that from the Safari app.