How to clear history and cookies from iOS 7 Safari

How to clear history and cookies from iOS 7 Safari

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 (we don't judge!) you can always use Private browsing mode. If you forget, however, iOS 7 lets you quickly and easily clear your history and cookies, and start over fresh and clean.

How to clear web history from iOS 7 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 History.

How to clear cookies from iOS 7 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.

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.

How to get more help with iOS 7 Safari

If you have specific questions about Safari or iOS 7 in general, check out our iOS 7 help and discussion forum. For more on Safari in specific, check out our ultimate guide:

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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Becjr says:

I use this at least once a month just to clean house, and every time I do I dream of how wonderful it would be if all iOS apps had an option to clear Documents & Data - some of those little buggers an really, really bloat!
[...delete, reinstall, repeat...]

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Brianmay says:

Don't know if you've ever tried a tool called iPhone Data Eraser.

I bet it's working on clearing History on iPad

You may see the guide below.

http://www.ipad-converters.org/how-to-delete-history-on-ipad/

asuperstarr says:

Allyson, You offer some great tips for iOS 7. This information is good to know and I guess I need to remember to do this. Thanks for the tip!

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zdn1042 says:

I'm thinking the same thing.
One of the most useful thing I've learned here is how to use UNDO on my iOS device. Simple trick but very helpful.

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Becjr says:

I think she is secretly working on a book for the best tips for getting the most out of iOS 7. (Like Guitar World releases monthly columns and then releases a DVD to purchase with the year's contributions for that column.) xD

ron_hites says:

I learned how to clear my history and cookies the first time I ended up at a porn site (by accident of course)... :)

audiefitradi says:

Easy tip to close all windows: if you tap on the 'private' while you're in Safari, it'll ask you to close all the open browser window. Cheers!