Clear History, Cache, and Cookies from Safari Browser on iPhone & iPad
Knowing how to clear browser history, cookies, and cache are absolutely essential for all web users, and this is no different for anyone using an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This is particularly true when you’re using a someone elses hardware or when you’re testing out iterative changes on websites.
Keeping this in mind, here’s how to delete all your browsing records, history, data, caches, and otherwise from the default web browser Safari on iOS:
How to Clear Browser History, Cache, and Cookies from Safari on iPhone & iPad
Instructions are the same for all iOS hardware and basically all versions of iOS with some minor variations:
- Open the “Settings” app in iOS
- Scroll down and tap on “Safari”, you’ll then pick one of the following depending on your iOS version:
- New iOS: Choose “Clear History & Website Data”
- Older iOS: Scroll down again and tap on each “Clear History”, “Clear Cache”, and “Clear Cookies”
- Confirm the removal of the cache and history to clear all website data from Safari in iOS
This function is basically the same in all versions of iOS Safari, though it will look slightly different in the newest versions compared to the older versions. This is what it looks like in the latest and greatest versions of iOS, like iOS 7 and iOS 8:
Modern versions of iOS make this a universal setting which removes cookies, history, and caches, whereas prior versions separate the three. The newer versions are obviously a bit simpler in this regard.
And here’s what the Safari history and web data removal option looks like in the older versions of iOS:
In the older versions of iOS, you’ll need to tap each item individually to clear it, and if you want to remove all traces of your browsing make sure to do all three. If you just want to clear out saved passwords from web forms and what not, clearing cookies is usually adequate.
This really isn’t much different than doing the same in Safari for Mac OS X, and it’s always good practice when you’re using either Mac, Windows, or iOS devices that aren’t your own.