How to delete history on iPhone

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
February 2, 2024
7 minutes to read

If you want to keep your browsing activity private, you might want to delete history on your iPhone. This can help you protect your personal information, clear up storage space, and improve your device’s performance. This article will show you how to delete history for Safari, Google Chrome, and iCloud search. We will also give you some tips on how to manage your history settings.


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

Before we start

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How to clear Safari history on iPhone

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

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  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 data will be removed, including search data, 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 data in Safari, then follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  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 on iPhone

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

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  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 visit data, slide it to the left and tap on Delete.
  5. If you want to remove the data of a particular period of time, tap on Clear in the bottom panel.
  6. In the popup menu, select the period for 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

If you use Google as your default search engine on your iPhone, you may want to clear its search history. Here’s how:

  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

We recommend that you clear the history on your device 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 two easy steps.

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