Daily Tip: How to clear your browsing history in Mobile Safari

Mobile Safari - TiPb homepage

Want to find out how to clear your browsing history in Safari? Need to make sure no one has a way of knowing what websites you've visited on your iPhone or iPad? Keeping that special gift you got your friend a secret or any other reason (at TiPb we don't judge). Lucky for you there's a quick and easy way to clear all of your browsing history in Safari so hit the jump to find out how!

To clear your browsing history in Mobile Safari all you need to do is follow these quick steps:

  1. Go into the Settings app and select Safari

Settings - Safari

  1. Scroll down to the very bottom and tap 'Clear History'

Safari Settings - Clear History

  1. Confirm.

That's it! All of your browsing history will be gone the next time you launch Mobile Safari, so you don't have to worry about someone finding something you didn't want them to see!

Bonus Tip: From the Safari settings pane you also have options to clear cache and cookies. Mobile Safari stores a cache of websites you visit to help reduce bandwidth usage and server load. Cookies are used to store authentication information, site preferences etc. If you want to clear your cookies and cache just tap 'Clear Cookies' and 'Clear Cache'. You'll be asked to confirm for both, just like when you cleared your browsing history.

Bonus Tip 2**: Need to clear more than just safari? Check out our full iPhone and iPad clearing tip!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Daily Tip: How to clear your browsing history in Mobile Safari

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How about not using horrible looking hacked/jailbroken images for general user tutorials? Will only comfuse people. How on earth you can even use an iPhone that looks like that, is beyond me! It's awful...lol

Smart move is to use one-click solution to automate this process. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to do that: http://is.gd/rMAasA. It on takes a few minutes to delete individual items, such as history, cookies, photos, etc... Works for both jailbreak and non-jailbreak iOS devices.

You may not know that simple deletion is not enough, it can't delete call history permanently. It still can be recovered by some iPhone data recovery app. So it was highly suggested to use professional iPhone data eraser to completely delete call history without recovery.

To completely erase iPhone data: http://goo.gl/g7X753

Clear History is also available from inside Safari, on the Bookmarks menu. Tap History at the top of the list and then you'll see the Clear History button in the top-right corner.

Sorry, that's on the iPad. On the iPhone, the Clear button is in the lower-left corner of the History screen.