If you doubt of someone snooping around your iPhone/iPad’s Safari app, you better clear stuff out. While Safari as such doesn’t store sensitive data, you might have checked a few tabs somewhere where sensitive logins are stored. Also, clearing the cache and cookies occasionally helps in making Safari load faster.
Before you proceed, note that clearing cache, cookies or history might result in loss of data that you want to store on Safari. For instance, if you have saved login information via Safari, you might be logged out of the websites when you clear cookies. Also, you won’t be able to access data from past browsing sessions when you clear history.
How to Delete Browsing History and Cookies from Safari on iOS Device
In this post, we are going to take a look at:
- How to Clear History, Cookies, and Stored website Data in Safari on iOS
- How to Block Cookies in Safari on iPhone and iPad
- How to Enable ‘Do Not Track’ in Safari on iOS
Delete History, Cookies, and Website Stored Data in Safari
Step #1. On your iPhone/iPad, open Settings → Scroll down and tap on Safari.
Step #2. Now, Tap on “Clear History and Website Data” and tap again to Confirm.
This is so simple, right? You can do this every once in a while if you log in to websites via Safari.
But what if you don’t want websites to track your data, set cookies or store data on your iPhone/iPad? Private Mode comes to the rescue.
Block Cookies in Safari on iOS Device
Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on Safari.
Step #2. Scroll down and tap on switch next to Block All Cookies under PRIVACY & SECURITY and tap on Block All to confirm it.
That’s it. From now, all cookies from all websites will be blocked on Safari. However, certain websites need cookies to function, so you may wish to reconsider your decision of blocking all cookies.
Turn ON ‘Do Not Track’ in Safari on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Launch Settings from your iPhone or iPad → Tap on Safari.
Step #2. Under PRIVACY & SECURITY, toggle ON the Prevent Cross-Site Tracking option.
Enabling this option causes Safari to tell certain websites to not track you online as you surf the web.
Even if you fear of losing your favorite websites or login credentials, you should consider blocking cookies and restricting tracking. This will help in securing your privacy without losing any Safari data. If you have any questions, we are just a comment away.
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