watchOS lead Kevin Lynch announces the WebKit rendering engine is coming to Apple Watch Series 3 and later

Apple Watch doesn’t have a Safari app, but watchOS 5 includes Apple’s WebKit engine that can render web content on your wrist, like a message containing a website link.

It optimizes webpages for the small Apple Watch display and provides basic navigation features, like following links, switching between normal and Reader view and more.

As you access web content on your wrist, the WebKit layout engine stores cached website data and cookies on your Apple Watch, just like Safari does on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

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If you experience hiccups viewing web content via the Messages or Mail app, or just want to clean up your Apple Watch storage, consider clearing any saved website data.

Here’s how to delete your website browsing history in watchOS 5.

How to clear website data on Apple Watch

Clearing website data stored on the watch cannot be done from within the companion Watch app on your paired iPhone, so you will need to do this directly on the watch.

To clear your browsing history and cookies, do the following:

1) Press the Digital Crown on your watch to get back to the Home screen.

2) Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

3) Choose General from the list.

4) Tap Website Data.

5) Tap Clear Website Data.

6) Confirm the operation by tapping Clear Data from the popup menu.

Clearing the website data and caches will remove the following:

  • Website cookies
  • Saved passwords and other credentials
  • Other browsing data

Clearing website data on the watch won’t change your AutoFill information.

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