How to clear search history on iPhone

How to clear search history on iPhone

The reason you want to clear the search history on your iPhone is your business.

But the fact is, browsers keep a running log of all the sites you visit. And if you’re curious about how to delete browsing history, know that browsers aren’t the only thing that is tracked on your phone. If you normally use Siri to search for things on the web, it might be worth deleting your Siri data as well.

Here’s how to clear the history on your iPhone, whether you’re using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.

How to clear Safari history on iPhone

You can clear your search history in Safari in several ways, by removing individual pages, deleting in batches or clearing all of your search history at the same time.

Clear all history on Safari

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Safari.

safari settings

2. Scroll down and tap Clear Website History and Data.

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3. Confirm by clicking Clear History and Data.

Clear Safari history based on time periods

1. Open Safari and tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen. The icon looks like an open book.

2. Tap the History icon in the upper right corner of the screen. The icon looks like a clock.

3. Tap Erase in the lower right corner of the screen.

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4. Select the time range you want to clear, from Last hour to Today to Today and from yesterday to Always.

Deleting individual sites from the Safari history

1. Open Safari and tap the Bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen.

2. Tap the History icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. Swipe left on the website, then tap Delete. You can also swipe all the way to the left.

How to clear Chrome history on iPhone

Like Safari, you can clear your search history in Chrome in several ways. Note that deleting the entire history in Chrome will clear synced data from other Google accounts.

Clear all history on Chrome

1. On your iPhone, open Chrome and tap the Menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen. The icon looks like three dots.

2. Tap History.

Chrome menu history

3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Clear Browsing Data.

4. Select a time range and the information you want to delete. In this case, select Browsing history and deselect the items you don’t want to delete.

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5. At the bottom of the screen, tap Clear Browsing Data. Confirm the action in the pop-up window that appears.

Deleting individual sites from the Chrome history

1. On your iPhone, open Chrome and tap the Menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

2. Tap History.

3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Edit.

4. Select the sites you want to delete, and then tap Delete.

How to clear Firefox history on iPhone

Searches you perform on Firefox are logged. And like Safari and Chrome, you can choose different ways to clear your browsing history.

Clear all history on Firefox

1. On your iPhone, open Firefox and tap the Menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen. The icon looks like three horizontal lines.

2. Tap History.

3. Select Clear recent history, then tap All.

Deleting individual sites from the Firefox history

firefox history sites

1. On your iPhone, open Firefox and tap the Menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

2. Tap History.

4. In History, you will see a list of recently visited sites. Swipe left on the website, then tap Delete. You can also swipe all the way to the left.

How to clear Siri history on iPhone

If you use Siri normally, it’s worth noting that Apple saves the history of your interactions with Siri. If you are concerned about privacy, you can delete Siri search history.

1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and select Siri and Search.

2. Select Siri History and Dictionary.

3. Tap Delete Siri and dictation history.

How to browse privately

If you want to browse freely without having to clear the history later, you should use the private browsing mode. To learn how to do this, check out our guide on how to enable private browsing mode for Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and more.

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