Delete Specific Pages from Safari History in iOS
Safari in iOS has always had the ability to clear all browser history on the iPhone and iPad, but up until the latest versions of iOS, it was either delete all history or nothing. That has changed however, and if you would rather selectively delete individual pages from history instead of clearing out all browser history from Safari, you can now choose to do that easily.
This is useful in many situations, whether you forgot to enter into Privacy Mode in iOS Safari, want to cover your tracks when trying to surprise someone, or just want to delete an embarrassing page or two that you happened to visit on your iPhone or iPad.
Remove a Specific Webpage or Site from Safari History in iOS
- From the Safari app, tap on the open book icon (this is the bookmarks icon)
- At the next screen, tap on the same book icon tab so that you’re in the History view of Safari, this shows a list of all browser history in Safari for iOS
- Swipe left over the individual page history you wish to remove, then tap on the red “Delete” button that appears
- Repeat for other pages to remove from history as necessary, when finished tap on “Done”
The page title and URL magically disappears from Safari History, as if it was never visited. Note that you must be in the bookmarks History view described here, as the ability to remove pages from history does not work in the Back Button history view.
The swipe-left-to-delete gesture is nearly universal in Apple iOS apps, from Mail to Messages, so it’s a good trick to remember in general.
If you find yourself constantly deleting pages from your history, you can also prevent pages from being stored in history altogether by using Private Browsing mode in Safari, which won’t store any local browsing data on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Similarly, you can choose to clear specific cookies for websites in Safari for iOS as well.