How to Selectively Clear Your Browsing History in Safari iPhone & iPad

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If you share an iPhone or iPad with others, you may wish to keep parts of your iPhone web browsing history private. But what if you forget to turn on Private Browsing? You could clear your entire browsing history, but nothing says "I'm hiding things from you" more effectively than clearing your browsing history. Fortunately, there are options for clearing your Safari history on iPhone selectively. Here’s how to selectively clear your browsing history in Safari on iPhone or iPad.

Related: How to Delete Most Frequently Visited Sites on iPhone

To do this:

  • Open Safari. To delete a webste from your Safari browser history, tap the Bookmarks icon.

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  • Select History. Once in History, you have two options:

  • You can tap Clear. This will allow you to erase your Safari history from a certain time period by choosing from the menu of options: the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all time.

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  • Or, you can clear individual history items and URLs on iPhone or iPad by swiping left on the selected item and tapping Delete. Tap Done when you’ve finished your selective deleting.  
Tip of the Day: How to Selectively Clear Your Browsing History in Safari

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.