How to Manage History and Browsing Data in Safari for iPad

Learn How to View and Delete Your Safari History and Other Browsing Data

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The Safari web browser on your iOS 10 iPad stores a log of Web pages that you visit, as well as other browsing-related components such as a cache and cookies. You may find it useful to look back through your history in order to revisit a particular site. The cache and cookies prove useful and enhance the overall browsing experience by speeding up page loads and customizing the look and feel of a site based on your preferences.

Despite these conveniences, you may decide to delete the browsing history and the accompanying website data for privacy reasons. 

Viewing and Deleting Browsing History in Safari

To view your browsing history in Safari on the iPad, click on the open book icon at the top of the Safari screen. In the panel that opens, tap the open book icon again and select History. A list of the sites visited over the past month appears on the screen in reverse chronological order. Tap any site on the list to go directly to that site on the iPad. 

From the History screen, you can clear the history from your iPad and from all connected iCloud devices. Tap Clear at the bottom of the History screen. You are presented with four options for deleting history:

  • The last hour
  • Today
  • Today and yesterday
  • All time

Make your decision and tap the preferred option.

Deleting Browsing History and Cookies From the Settings App

You can also delete the browsing history and cookies from the iPad's Settings app.

To do this you must first quit out of Safari on the iPad:

  1. Double-click the Home button to reveal all the open apps.
  2. Scroll sideways if necessary to reach the Safari app screen.
  3. Place your finger on the Safari app screen and push the screen up and off the iPad screen to close Safari. 
  4. Press the Home button to return to the normal Home screen view.

    Select the Settings icon on the iPad's Home screen. When the iOS Settings interface appears, scroll down and tap on the option labeled Safari to display all the settings for the Safari app. Scroll through the list of Safari settings and select Clear History and Website Data to clear history, cookies and other browsing data. You are prompted to confirm this decision. To continue with the deletion process, tap Clear. To return to Safari's settings without removing any data, select the Cancel button.

    Note that when you clear the history on the iPad, the history is also cleared on any other devices you have signed in to your iCloud account.

    Deleting Stored Website Data 

    Some websites store additional data in a Website Data screen. To delete this data, scroll to the bottom of Safari's Settings screen and select the option labeled Advanced. When the Advanced screen is visible, select Website Data to display a breakdown of the amount of data currently stored on your iPad by each individual website. Tap Show All Sites to display the expanded list.

    To delete data from a specific site, swipe left on its name. Tap the red Delete button to delete only that one site's stored data. To delete the data stored by all the sites in the list, tap Remove All Website Data at the bottom of the screen.