How to Control Your Browsing History in Safari?

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Are you looking for ways to control your browsing history in Safari? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we will be discussing how to manage your Safari history settings and the benefits of doing so.

First of all, it’s important to understand what your browser history is. Your browser history is a chronological record of all the websites you have visited while using Safari. This data can be used by advertisers or malicious actors to track your online activities or target ads at you. That’s why it’s important to manage your browsing history settings correctly.

Fortunately, Safari provides several options for managing your browsing history and setting preferences as desired. In the General preferences pane of Safari’s preferences (Safari?Preferences?General), you’ll see an option that lets you choose how long your browsing data will be kept. You can select one day, one week, two weeks, one month, or one year or manually delete it yourself whenever needed.

If you choose to delete your browsing data manually, you can do so by opening the Safari app and selecting Show All History in the History menu. From here you can find specific pages that should be removed and hold down the Control key while pressing on them with the mouse before choosing Delete from the contextual drop-down menu.

Another way to manage your browsing data is through iCloud sync. If iCloud sync is enabled on your device (which it likely is if you’re using a Mac), then any changes made on one device will be mirrored across all other devices linked with that iCloud account—including changes to any browser histories stored within those devices. To prevent this from happening, simply disable iCloud sync or turn off auto-delete history on Safari preferences.

Managing your Safari browser history settings can help protect you from unwanted tracking or targeted ads while also giving you peace of mind knowing that if someone else uses your device they won’t have access to any sensitive data stored in your browser history. Hopefully, this blog post has helped explain how easy it is to manage these settings in Safari!

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Finding Safari History Settings

To find your Safari history settings, open Safari and click on the ‘Safari’ menu in the top left corner of your screen. From there, select ‘Preferences’. In the ‘General’ tab of the Preferences window, you can find a section called ‘History’. Here you can adjust your browsing history settings such as setting how long items stay in your history and whether or not to keep information about which pages you visited. You can also choose to have Safari remember all your searches and forms as well as enable or disable Private Browsing.

Deleting Specific History on Safari

Yes, you can delete specific history on Safari. To do this, launch the app and select “Show All History” from the History menu. Find the page or site you want to remove and hold down the Control key while pressing the mouse. Then choose “Delete” from the contextual drop-down menu. By doing this, you will be able to delete specific pages or sites from your Safari history.

Safari Not Saving History

It’s possible that Safari is not saving your history due to an issue with iCloud sync. iCloud sync is a feature that allows you to access your browsing history across all Apple devices, so if it is enabled and having trouble syncing, it could be preventing your history from being saved. To check if this is the case, you can try disabling iCloud sync in the Settings app on your device. You can also try disabling the auto-delete history setting in Safari Preferences. If neither of these options resolves the issue, it may be worth contacting Apple Support for further assistance.

Managing Safari History on iPhone

To manage your Safari history on your iPhone, open the Settings app, then tap Safari. From there, you can access the following options:

• Clear History and Website Data: This option clears your browsing history, cache, and cookies.
• Advanced: This section lets you adjust a few different settings related to your browsing history. You can choose to block all third-party cookies, prevent cross-site tracking, and more.
• Website Data: Here you can view a list of websites that have stored data on your device. You can tap Edit to delete specific entries or Remove All Website Data to delete all website data from your device.
• Search Engine: This option lets you choose the default search engine used in Safari.

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Troubleshooting Safari History Issues on iPhone

There could be several reasons why Safari is not saving your history on your iPhone. Firstly, make sure you are signed in to iCloud and that iCloud is turned on. If this doesn’t help, try restarting your iPhone and resetting Safari. To do this, close Safari completely from the app switcher window by double-clicking the Home button and swiping up the Safari preview pane until it disappears from the screen.

If you’re still having issues, check if there’s a software update available for your phone. If so, update to the latest version of iOS as this may fix the issue. Additionally, make sure that “Private Browsing” mode isn’t enabled in Safari as this will prevent your browsing history from being saved.

Finally, if all else fails you can restore your iPhone from a recent backup or reset it to factory settings.

Privacy of Safari Browser History

Yes, Safari history is private when you use Private Browsing. Your browsing information isn’t saved, and the websites you visit aren’t shared with your other devices. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information. If you do not have Private Browsing enabled, however, then your browsing history may be visible to other people who access your device.


In conclusion, the Safari web browser is an excellent choice for browsing the internet. It offers a variety of features and customizable settings, including the ability to control your browsing history. You can choose to keep your history for a certain period of time or delete it manually. By taking advantage of these options, you can ensure that your browsing activity remains private and secure.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.