How to finetune your mobile Safari browsing settings

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.