Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers Manage Your Browsing History in Safari for the iPhone Clear selected entries or your entire history for privacy purposes 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 on May 04, 2020 Browsers Safari Chrome Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email 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. 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.