How to Clear History on Safari

Like other browsers, Safari stores your browsing activity in a History tab. While this can be beneficial, for example, if you forgot the URL of a recent website you visited, you might want to delete your browsing history for privacy reasons occasionally. This guide will show you easy ways to delete your browsing history on Safari on Mac and iPhone.

Clear Safari History on Mac

Clearing history for a specific period

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.

    Mac Screen
    Safari browser on a Mac computer
  2. Once the browser is open, the menu bar located at the top of your screen will also change providing you with Safari-specific options. Click on History.

    Safari Browser Opened on Mac
    Safari browser user interface upon launching
  3. This will open up a drop-down menu. Select Clear History… at the bottom.

    Safari Browser History Settings on Mac
    Safari browser history settings on a Mac computer
  4. On the dialogue box that appears select the history period that you would like to erase. If you would like to erase your entire browsing history, select the all History option.

    Clear History Dialogue Box on Safari for Mac
    The “Clear History” dialogue box for Safari on Mac
  5. Click Clear History and your history will be deleted for your selected time period!

Clearing a specific URL from your history

If you only want to delete specific links from Safari’s history, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. On the menu bar select History.

    Safari Browser Opened on Mac
    Safari browser user interface upon launching.
  3. Select Show All History from the dropdown menu.

    Show All History Option on Safari Browser
    The history menu on Safari browser
  4. Locate the URL you want deleted, right-click on it and select Delete.

    URL List on Safari History
    A list of URLs on a Safari browser.

Clear Safari History on iPhone or iPad

Note: Deleting history data from the Safari browser also deletes the same from

across all devices synced to it via iCloud.

Clearing history for a specific period of time

              1. Launch the Safari app.
              2. Tap on the Bookmark icon.

                The Bookmark Icon on Safari Browser for iPhone
                The Bookmark Icon on Safari Browser for iPhone
              3. Tap on the clock icon to reveal history.

                Clock icon
                The History icon on a Safari browser app interface
              4. Select clear on the bottom right corner of your screen

                Clear tool on Safari
                The clear history function on Safari App for iPhones
              5. Choose the browsing period you would like to delete

                History Time Periods
                Different time periods under which Safari app history can be deleted
              6. Tap Done.

Clearing all history

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Settings app.

    iPhone Screen
    iPhone screen with the Settings App highlighted on the dock.
  2. Scroll down to Safari and tap to select.

    iPhone Settings
    iPhone Settings page indicating where to find Safari Settings.
  3. Tap on Clear History and Website Data to erase your browsing history.
    Note: This also deleted any cache or cookies stored in Safari.

    iPhone Safari Settings
    The “clear browser and website data” option on iPhone Safari browser settings.

Clearing a specific URL from your history

To delete a specific page from your iPhone’s Safari browser these are the steps you need to follow.

    1. Launch the Safari app on your phone.
    2. Tap on the Bookmark icon at the bottom of your screen.

      The Bookmark Icon on Safari Browser for iPhone
      The Bookmark Icon on Safari Browser for iPhone
    3. Tap on the clock icon located on the extreme right of the page to reveal history.

      Clock icon
      The History icon on a Safari browser app interface
    4. Search for the relevant URL or scroll down to locate it.

      URLs on a Safari Browser's History
      A list of URLs on a Safari browser app’s history on iPhone
    5. Tap on the link and scroll down to reveal the delete function.

      History Delete Option
      The Delete URL history option on the Safari App history settings.
    6. Tap delete.

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