How to Clear Recent History in Safari

As tracking goes, Safari keeping your recent browsing history is less about privacy and more about just being useful. It’s your history that means Safari remembers where to go to when you choose forward and back within a site, for instance.

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As tracking goes, Safari seeing your recent browsing history is less about privacy and more about just being useful. It’s your history that means Safari remembers where to go to when you choose forward and back within a site, for instance.

While it’s possible to completely wipe your History in Settings, you can also erase only more recent history if you would like. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from iPhone

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Clear Recent History

First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the Bookmarks button. On the iPad, you will find it in the upper-left corner of the screen beside the address bar. On an iPhone, it’s at the bottom of the screen. Refer to below image:

Accessing Bookmarks button

Next, in the pop-up that appears, tap the History tab (which looks like a clock face), and then tap the Clear button. See below image:

Accessing History tab

Now, after you tap Clear, another pop-up will give you another choice. You can select All time, Today and yesterday, Today, or The last hour.

Choosing one of these options will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data from the point you select until now. For example, if you click Today, all the browsing history from sites you visited today will disappear, but everything earlier than that will remain on the list.

Next, tap the option you would prefer (or you can tap outside the pop-up box to cancel). See following image:

Selecting an option for deletion of Recent history

If you made a selection from the pop-up list, your browsing history will be cleared accordingly. Now, tap the Done button in upper right-hand corner to exit.

Erase a Single Entry

Also, you can delete individual entries by swiping to the left on them with your finger. When a red Delete button appears on the right, tap it. Refer to below image:

Selecting to delete a single Recent history item

When you are finished deleting single entries, tap the Done button in upper right-hand corner. See below image:

Exiting the History tab

Using this method, only the single entry you just swiped will be erased. This can be a easy way of erasing certain history items without having to clear everything at once.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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