Maybe you don’t want anyone to check out your Safari browsing history or just wish to wipe out all the stored data to make the app run smoothly. But when you go to delete your web browsing data, you find Safari’s “Clear History and Website Data” option grayed out on your iOS device.
Before you start wondering why you can’t clean up iOS Safari history, let me tell you that it’s not a bug (most probably. And you can easily fix this issue. Let’s get it done!
Cannot Delete Safari History and Website Data on Your iOS Device? Quick Fix
For starters, “Restrictions” is now the part of Screen Time in iOS 12 or later. And when you enable “Content & Privacy Restrictions”, the option to clear out Safari’s browsing data gets automatically disabled. So, you can get rid of this problem just by turning it off.
What if you want to solve this problem without having to completely disable the restriction? Well, there is a way to get it done as well. I’m going to show you both the solutions. Choose the one that fits into your needs better:
Solution #1: Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Screen Time.
Step #2. Next, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Now, if you have enabled Screen Time passcode, you will need to authenticate.
Step #4. Turn off the switch for Content & Privacy Restrictions.
That’s it! Now, go back to Safari setting, and the option to wipe out history will appear green again.
Solution #2: Choose Unrestricted Access for Web Content
Step #1. Open Settings app on your device → Screen Time → Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Step #3. Next up, choose Unrestricted Access.
That’s all there is to it! Now, go ahead for the mission cleanup (Settings → Safari) as usual.
I’ve tried these tricks hands-on and they have worked consistently in troubleshooting this problem. So, I don’t see any reason why they can’t do the job for you.
Just in case, these tricks don’t work; I won’t rule out the possibility of a bug. In this case, go for the Software Update (as and when it’s available: Settings → General → Software Update)
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