iPhone Clear Browser History

Whenever you visit a webpage using the Safari web browser, it gets recorded in you browser history so you can more easily go back and find that page again should you want to. Likewise, cookies get stored to persist things like logins and other information. If you don’t want a particular page recorded in your history or cookies you can always use Private browsing mode. If you forget, however, iOS lets you quickly and easily clear your history and cookies, and start over fresh and clean.

Clear Website Data in iOS 9 & iOS 8

You can clean up both History and Website Data on iOS 9 at once. It’s quite simple to do that. Let’s find out!

  1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Confirm it by tapping on Clear History and Website Data from the bottom.

That’s it!

Remove Only Website Data in iOS 9 or iOS 8

What if you want to remove only Website Data and don’t want to clear History, how would you do it? Guess what? It’s just as simple.

  1. Launch Settings app on your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down again and tap on Advanced.
  4. Up next, tap on Website Data.
  5. Now, you have two options:

    • If you want to clean up the entire Website Data, you can do so by tapping on Remove All Website Data.
    • If you want to remove individual website data, then tap on Edit from the top right corner → tap on red button next to a website data you want to remove → tap on Delete.

Clear Web History and Cookies on iOS 7

Whereas there are separate options to clear History and Website Data in Safari on iOS 7. Before you proceed, note that clearing cache, cookies or history might result in loss of data that you want to store in Safari. For instance, if you have saved log-in information via Safari, you might be logged out of the websites when you clear cookies. Also, you won’t be able to access data from past browsing sessions when you clear the history.

Clear Web History from Safari

Your iPhone stores a lot of data about what you do. Usually this is used to make things easier for you, such as tracking down a website you’ve visited or finding a call you missed. If you’re worried about someone seeing something they shouldn’t, you can clear the history for the various services on your iPhone, or erase everything completely.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Clear History.

That’s it. All the web data stored in Safari is now gone. Just be sure to repeat these steps each time you don’t want your web history to be visible to anyone else.

Clear Web History from Safari

Clear Cookies from Safari

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Clear Cookies and Data.
Clear Cookies from Safari

The latest versions of Safari for iPhone and iPad allow users to delete Safari website data, searches, cookies, cache, and Safari activity from the past hour, today only, or today and yesterday. This is a great solution if you want to wipe Safari browser data over a recent period of time, rather than everything for all time, though you can continue to do that from iOS Safari too if you wish.

Block Cookies on iPhone in iOS 9 or iOS 8

Cookies are small files which help advertisers or developers in attaining certain information about you like, which sites you visit. Here is how you can block them in a quick time.

  1. Launch Settings app → Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  2. Tap on Block Cookies under Privacy & Security → Now you have four options.

Block Safari Cookies in iPhone:

  • Always Block: To keep cookies always blocked.
  • Allow from Current Website Only: To allow cookies only from the current websites.
  • Allow from Websites I Visit: To allow cookies only from the website you visit.
  • Always Allow: to always allow cookies on your device.

You can select any option as per your preference or need.

Using Safari in Incognito Mode

Apple has made it very easy to open mobile Safari on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus in Incognito Mode, or private browsing mode. In Incognito Mode, no websites from your browsing session are saved in your Safari history nor are your Google searches.

To open up Incognito Mode, either 3D Touch click Safari open on your home screen, or if you don’t have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, open up Safari and then click on the tabs button located on the far right of the screen. You’ll notice a small button on left side of the screen labeled private: Click this to enable Incognito Mode.