How to Remove Cookies and Web History on the iPad

Prevent some or all websites from putting cookies on your iPad

It is a common practice for websites to put a cookie, which is a small piece of data, on your browser to store information. This information can be anything from a username to keep you logged in on your next visit to data used to track your visit to the website. If you've visited a website you don't quite trust and want to delete that site's cookies from the iPad's Safari web browser, it's a simple task.

You can also delete your web history. The iPad keeps track of every website you visit, which is helpful for auto-completing website addresses when you try to find them again. However, it is awkward if you don't want anyone to know you've visited a particular website, such as jewelry sites when shopping for your spouse's anniversary gift.

Information in this article applies to iPads running, iOS 12, iOS 11, or iOS 10.

How to Clear Website Data and History on iPad

Apple makes it easy to delete website data, which includes cookies, and your web history at the same time.

Clear history and data from iPad
  1. Go to the iPad's Settings.

  2. Scroll down the menu in the left panel and choose Safari to bring up the Safari settings.

  3. Tap Clear History and Website Data to delete all records of the websites you have been to on the iPad and all website data (cookies) collected on the iPad.

    Clear History and Website Data in iOS Settings
  4. You are prompted to confirm your request. Tap the Clear button to confirm you want to delete this information.

    Clear button in iOS Settings

Preventing Cookies With Safari Privacy Mode

Safari's Privacy Mode keeps sites from showing up in your web history or accessing your cookies. It's easy to browse the iPad in privacy mode.

When you are browsing in privacy mode, the top menu bar in Safari will is a dark gray to let you know you are in privacy mode.

How to Clear Cookies From a Specific Website

Clearing cookies from a specific website is helpful if you have concerns with a single site but don't want all your usernames and passwords cleared from the other websites you visit. You can delete cookies from a specific website by going into the Advanced settings at the bottom of the Safari settings.

  1. Go back to the Safari Settings and tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.

    Advanced button in Safari iOS Settings
  2. Choose Website Data to open a list of websites.

    Website Data in Advanced Safari Settings on iOS
  3. If the website you are looking for isn't on the first page, tap Show All Sites to see the full list.

  4. Swipe your finger from right to left on the website's name to reveal a delete button. When you tap Delete, the data from that website is removed.

    Delete button in Safari Website Data screen on iOS

    There is no confirmation screen following this step.

  5. If you have trouble deleting data by swiping, you can make the process easier by tapping the Edit button at the top of the screen. This puts a red circle with a minus sign next to each website. Selecting the button next to a website reveals the Delete button, which you tap to confirm your intent.

    Red circle with white minus sign on iOS

You can also remove the data from all the sites by tapping Remove All Website Data at the bottom of the list.

How to Prevent Cookies

You can prevent the iPad from accepting cookies from all Safari websites in the Settings screen.

  1. Go to the Setting screen and tap Safari in the left panel.

  2. Move the slider next to Block All Cookies to the On/green position.

    Block all Cookies toggle in iOS Safari settings
  3. If you don't want to block all cookies, turn on Prevent Cross-Site Tracking for additional privacy.