“Clear History & Website Data” Grayed Out in Safari on iPhone

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.

Cannot Clear Safari History and Website Data on Your iPhone or iPad? Quick Fix

For starters, “Restrictions” is now the part of Screen Time in iOS. 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:

Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Screen Time.

Tap on Settings Then Tap on Screen Time on iPhone

Step #2. Next, tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Now, if you have enabled Screen Time passcode, you will need to authenticate.

Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time

Step #4. Turn off the switch for Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Turn off Content & Privacy Restrictions on iPhone

That’s it! Now, go back to the Safari setting, and the option to wipe out history will appear green again.

Choose Unrestricted Access for Web Content

Step #1. Open Settings app on your device → Screen TimeContent & Privacy Restrictions.

Tap on Settings then Screen Time then Content and Privacy in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad
Step #2. Now, tap on Content RestrictionsWeb Content.

Tap on Content Restrictions and Then Tap on Web Content on iPhone

Step #3. Next up, choose Unrestricted Access.

Select Unrestricted Access in iOS 12

That’s all there is to it! Now, go ahead for the mission cleanup (Settings → Safari) as usual.

Wrapping Up…

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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Were you able to resolve the problem? If yes, which one of the above solutions worked for you? Make sure to share your feedback as that could be very helpful to the people who are facing this issue.

Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.