How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari on iPhone (2022)

Learn how to get rid of Frequently Visited sites on iPhone and how to add the section if you want it back.

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The websites you visit most often appear in the Frequently Visited section when you open a new tab in Safari. If you want full control over what appears in new tabs (or just don't want to be reminded of how often you browse certain sites), you may want to turn off this feature. We'll show you how to disable this feature and how to turn it back on.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Keep full control over what sites appear on new tabs in Safari.
  • Learn how to restore the section if your iOS 15 Safari Frequently Visited sites disappeared.

How to Remove Frequently Visited Sites on iPhone

Keep in mind that your list of frequently visited websites is not the same thing as Bookmarks, so any sites you’ve saved there will remain if you disable the Frequently Visited list. If you are looking into disabling this feature due to privacy concerns, download our In-Depth Privacy Guide for a more complete overview on browsing securely, and be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter for more guides on configuring your iPhone apps.

  1. Open Safari.

    iOS Home Screen with Safari app marked

  2. If it doesn't open to a new tab, tap the tabs icon in the lower right corner.

    Safari app screen with Tabs button marked

  3. Tap the Add icon on the lower left to open a new tab.

    Safari Tabs screen with New Tab button marked

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the new tab and tap the Edit button.

    New Tab in Safari with Edit button marked

  5. On the Customize Start Page screen are a variety of options to customize what new tabs look like, and if you want to disable the Frequently Visited section you can tap the toggle switch.

    Customize Start Page in Safari with Frequently Visited toggle marked

When you turn Frequently Visited Sites off, the section disappears from Safari completely. If you turn the feature back on, the sites will reappear.

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Abbey Dufoe

Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.