Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
January 12, 2022
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If you want to delete history on your iPhone, this article is for you. We will explain how to clear Safari history, Google Chrome history, and search history in iCloud. Like everything in iOS, the steps to do this are easy. Also, you can delete the whole history at once or particular actions from the history.

Contents

  1. How to clear Safari history on iPhone.
  2. How to clear Google Chrome history on iPhone.
  3. FAQ about history on iPhone.
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How to clear Safari history on iPhone

We will provide two ways on how to clear Safari history on iPhone. Note that if you remove the history via the Setting on iPhone, all the data will be deleted, including caches and cookies. If you want to remove only the history of websites you visited, do this right in the browser settings.

Steps on how to clear Safari history via iPhone Settings:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and find Safari. Tap on Safari.
  3. Tap on the “Clear History and Website Data” option.
  4. Confirm the action. iPhone screens showing steps to clear Safari history data

Your Safari history will be removed, including search history, caches, cookies, and other browsing data.

Note! The Safari history will be cleared on all devices signed into your iCloud account.

If you want to remove only the search history in Safari, then follow the steps below.

How to clear history in Safari browser on iPhone:

  1. On iPhone or iPad, go to Settings.
  2. Find and tap on Safari.
  3. Go to the Advanced section→ Website Data.
  4. Tap on Remove All Website Data.
iPhone screens showing steps to find the option to clear Safari history

How to delete particular events in Safari history on iPhone

If you don’t want to clear the whole Safari history on your iPhone, you can delete particular websites visits from the history. Follow the steps below to do this:

  1. Open the Safari browser on your iPhone (iPad).
  2. Tap on the Bookmarks icon in the bottom panel.
  3. Go to the History tab (tap on the Clock icon).
  4. Here you will see the list of all websites you have visited. To remove a particular webpage from the history, slide it to the left and tap on Delete.
  5. If you want to remove the history of a particular period of time, tap on Clear in the bottom panel.
  6. In the popup menu, select the period for history clearing: All time, Today and yesterday, Today, The last hour.
clear history in Safri on iPhone

How to disable saving history on iPhone

If you don’t want your history of visits to be saved, use the Private mode. To enable the private mode, do the following:

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Tap on the Tab icon in the bottom panel.
  3. Tap on Private in the bottom left corner.
  4. Tap on the Plus (+) icon to open a new tab in the private mode.

You can recognize a private mode by a dark search field on the top of the screen. Phone screens showing how to enable private mode


How to clear Google search history on iPhone

Google Chrome is an excellent alternative to the “native” Apple web browser Safari. The clearing of cache and browsing data in Safari and Chrome is quite different. But there is nothing complicated either.

Here are the steps on how to clear the Google Chrome history on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone (or iPad).
  2. Tap on the “Three dots” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the “Clear Browsing Data…”
  4. Select what type of data you want to delete: browsing history, cookies, site data, cached images and files, auto-fill data, or even saved password.
  5. Tap again on “Clear Browsing Data…”
  6. Confirm the action.
iPhone screens showing how to clear Chrome history

Conclusion

We recommend that you clear the history on your iPhone from time to time because browsing data is like layers of dust that may occupy up to several hundred megabytes. If you are a photo-making lover and are bothered by the lack of Storage space, then a free application Phone Cleaner may help you. The app helps you clean up iPhone Storage in 2 steps.

We hope this article was helpful for you. Find more tips and tricks for Mac, iPhone, and iPad in our blog.



FAQ about history on iPhone

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