Sometimes, you may want a fresh start with your web browsing — perhaps to get rid of some history that may bring up a memory you'd rather forget as you type in a website URL in the address bar.
Apple makes this feature very easy to access on both the iPhone and iPad by offering two ways to clear your history. So with this in mind, here's how you can do just that and make a fresh start in Safari.
How to find your web-browsing history
- In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar that's below the address bar.
- Tap the History icon in the upper right corner. Here, you can view your entire web history.
- Use the History search bar to find previously viewed pages.
How to clear your web browsing history
If the time calls to wipe most or all of your web browsing history in Safari, here's how to do it on both iPhone and iPad.
- In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button.
- Select the History icon in the upper right corner.
- Tap Clear and select how much history you'd like to clear: the last hour, the last day, 48 hours' worth, or all recorded history.
One more thing… A feature no one talks about
Privacy on the web matters more than ever in these modern times. Websites store the pages you click on, especially when you sign into a page that can contain personal information about you.
It's great to have a feature like this in Safari — but it would be good to have this automated. To tell Apple's web browser to automatically clear history after 24 hours would be very useful, as you wouldn't leave a trail behind.
Regardless, it's still a good feature, and one you should use every week.
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Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use everyday to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.
Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64 and Daily Star.
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