How to clear all website data from Safari on iPhone and iPad

How to clear all website data from Safari on iPhone and iPad

Whether you know it or not, your iPhone and iPad actually tracks what you're doing in Safari for several reasons. The main ones being to speed up browsing and to store logins. On the down side, website data can also be used for tracking purposes. If you'd rather not have sites track you, clearing out this data now and again is a good idea.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
  3. Again, scroll down to the bottom and tap on Advanced.
  4. Now tap on Website Data.
  5. This is where you'll see all the sites storing data via Safari. Scroll to the botom and tap on Remove All Website Data.
  6. You'll be asked to confirm you'd like to delete all data with a detailed explanation of what it does. Just tap Remove Now to confirm.

That's it. All the website data currently stored on your iPhone or iPad is now gone. Depending on how much you browse, you may have noticed lots of data being stored. This is also a way to free up a little storage space now and again if you find yourself running dangerously low.

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to clear all website data from Safari on iPhone and iPad

7 Comments

Could you not just tap "Clear Cookies and Data" from the Safari menu as shown in your screenshot above? Yes, you would lose cookies, but if you want to delete website data, you probably don't want cookies anyway.

You should Zero Out your personal data with the programs/apps like Safe eraser ( http://ow.ly/xeNGX ) which supports both non-jailbroken and jailbroken devices OR ishredder If you want to erase data permanently from your iPhone/iPad , so that no one can recover your deleted data by using various iOS recovery programs available in the market. This is true for both Jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices.

P.S - I was also looking for something to erase my iPhone 4S (jailbroken) data permanently before selling it.

Good article, didn't think about this previously. I've had my iPhone 5 since it came out and I only had 16.2MB worth of data. Will have to keep an eye out for this on other's devices when they complain about their lack of space.

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