safari privacy settings

Most people want to keep their Internet activities private. It isn’t that we are necessarily doing something illegal or immoral (most of the time), we just don’t think our browsing activities are anyone’s business but our own.

Safari comes with a few options to help you keep your business to yourself and your browser secure from others’ prying eyes.

If you already know this stuff, feel free to skip it. However, if you didn’t know you could adjust your privacy settings for Safari on your iPhone, this post is for you. Welcome to the iOS ecosystem.

I like to clear my browser history every few days, just for the fun of it. I’m the only one that uses my iPhone and iPad, so I don’t worry about the wrong person seeing my activities. It just makes me feel good to clean out those cobwebs.

How to clear cookies and browsing history in Safari

To clear your browser history in Safari on your iOS device:

Step 1: Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Safari clear history website data

Step 2: When asked to confirm, simply tap on Clear History and Data. This will remove history, cookies, and other browsing data. History will be cleared from all devices signed into your iCloud account.


How to remove website data in Safari

You can also clear other stored information from your iOS device in the Advanced menu.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data.

Step 2: Scroll down to the “Remove All Website Data” tab.

remove safari website data


Step 2: Tap the “Edit” tab in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Manually delete websites.

How to turn on Private Browsing in Safari

If you want to check out a new job offer while using your current employer’s iPad, you can turn on Private Browsing for iOS.

Step 1: Launch Safari, and tap on the All Tabs icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

safari private browsing

Step 2: Tap on the Private button in the lower left corner of the screen.

Now you have a bit of control over whether others can see your Internet browsing activities in Safari on your iOS device. I have no advice for what to do when your wife finds your “P” drive.

  • Parth Patel

    Lol! we all know this.

    • We go out of our way by adding 75 words about how this is for beginners only and we still manage to get that kind of comment. Sigh.

      • Victor

        I doubt any beginner would visit idownloadblog regularly…

      • We hope that beginners visit us as often as old-schoolers. We love new readers!

      • Gus Me

        You expect people to read the whole thing?!?! /sarcasm We shouldn’t be surprised, but yet here we are haha

      • If you didn’t read the whole thing, you would have missed my joke. Aren’t you glad you stuck it out? 🙂

      • Jack

        Unbelievable isn’t it? You try your best to explain something only to have a fool comment something like that. Fair play on helping those that don’t know a lot about iPhones and have been pointed towards iDB for help. You’re not just all about jailbreaking..

  • O_o

    Wtf? Damn there must not be much news huh? xD

  • Gus Me

    Another nice tutorial for the new iOS users. I had to chuckle at “I have no advice for what to do when your wife finds your “P” drive.”

    • Thanks Gus. That must mean you have a P drive yourself. 😉

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    One important thing that I don’t see mentioned in the article is the use of the “Do Not Track” feature. Even though it is optional whether or not companies adhere to it for me it is an essential thing to be enabled. It should be done after every software update or re-installation of iOS too since for some reason Apple likes to disable it after any new installation of iOS…

    • Kurt

      What do not track feature??

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        My mistake. I thought it was a separate option. On iOS 6 just turning on private browsing enables Do Not Track iOS7 will have a separate option to enable it though…