How to Delete “Frequently Visited” Sites from Safari on iPhone & iPad

Jan 14, 2016 - 10 Comments

Safari iOS Safari keeps track of frequently visited webpages, offering quick links to those pages and sites on the initial startup and new tabs in the browser. For the less familiar, the Frequently Visited section is underneath Safari Favorites in iOS, and it updates itself as you browse the web and access particular pages on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

While many users may like the Frequently Visited section and find it helpful, you may discover a web page or link under this list that you’d rather not be there, and in such a case, you’d probably want to delete the frequently visited page from this list in Safari.

How to Delete Web Pages from Safari Frequently Visited List in iOS and iPadOS

This is the same whether it’s Safari on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open Safari in iOS if you haven’t done so already and open a new tab so that the Favorites section is visible, then scroll down to find Frequently Visited
  2. Tap and hold on the Frequently Visited site / page icon that you want to remove, then let go and tap on the “Delete” button when it appears above the icon to remove it from the Safari Frequently Visited list
  3. Repeat with other pages and links you’d like to remove from the section

Delete frequently visited sites in Safari for iOS

Note that removed pages will appear again if you visit them again frequently, so even if you delete a page but continue to go visit that site again after the fact, it will show up again. You can then either remove it again, disable the feature, or use Private Browsing mode in Safari in the future to prevent the sites from appearing in the Frequently Visited lists again in the future.

Removing sites from the frequently visited list in Safari on iOS

Remember you can also clear recent browsing history in Safari on iOS, or go all out and delete all cookies, history, caches, and web data from the iOS browser.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. TJ says:

    Thank you, Peter Brussndorff! Why the experts thought leaving that part out would be helpful I’ll never understand. I, too, couldn’t get the standard instructions to work, but turning my phone horizontally did the trick. Thank you s much!

  2. Duncan says:

    Only worked partially. When you go into advanced section all the webpages show up, but it shows no gigs used….when you swipe to the left a delete shows up and when that is used it goes away …then you exit , go back in and the site name is still there…also the same when you use the edit button and get the red circle with the negative sign in it… never deletes permantly whether you re visit site or not…..any ideas??

    • Paul says:

      You could try clearing all web cache and web data, in Settings > Safari

      But you will lose saved logins, cookies, etc

  3. Renee says:

    I cannot delete any frequently visited icons.
    I’ve read all the instructions and it doesn’t work. I have no icon or tab. Can I get detailed instructions? I choose to delete them all and pick my favorites myself. Please help.

  4. Another Chris says:

    You can turn off Frequently Visited sites in settings, but you turn them ALL off. The author intended you to be able to selectively pair the list down.

    To see your Tabs, you need to first display them by clicking on the double-squares icon, you can see it in the pictures above below the ESPN icon. If you don’t see these, swipe up or down until you do.

    Once in the stacked “Tabs” view, at the bottom you’ll see a “+” which will give you a new Tab. Then scroll/swipe down to see the Frequently Visited and follow the instructions above.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re in horizontal or vertical, the “+” will be plainly there.

  5. Art Adelman says:

    I would like to alphabetize my Bookmarks in Safari. That option does not seem to be available, though it is easy to accomplish in Microsoft.

    Can anyone advise how to alphabetize Bookmarks in Safari, I would be most grateful.


    • Another Chris says:

      This is a different topic, but press the open-book icon next to the tabs icon (see discussion above; it’s to the left of the ESPN icon) Then select the left-most tab (again, the open book) on that screen. You can from here organize the folders shown, or select a folder to see its contents and organize those.

      Select “Edit” at the bottom and you can delete bookmarks (using the red “-” circle), or reorder them by dragging on the right side where the three gray lines are. This doesn’t allow automatic alphabetizing, but you can do it manually

  6. Peter Brusendorff says:

    Guys – the same happened to me; however you need to turn your iPhone into horisontal view instead of vertical view, then the + sign appears in the top section. Press the + and then the Frequently Visited pages appears further down.

  7. Chris says:

    Please go to Settings –> Safari which is where you can address the aforementioned issues. I was unable to understand the instrux as well.

    Best, Chris

  8. Bill says:

    Sorry, I can neither open a new Tab nor find Safari Favorites. I do not know how to do either on my iPhone 6.

    You have lost me completely.


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