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How to clear Safari cache, history, and cookies on Mac

You may want to clear Safari history, cache, and website data on Mac to prevent others from seeing what you were browsing. Removing these helps make the browser responsive. It also comes handy when Safari lags or takes ages to load webpages. The steps to delete website data of Safari in macOS is easy. Let us see how.

Consequences of clearing Safari History and Website Data

  • Records of visited web pages are deleted.
  • A list of the frequently visited sites is also cleared.
  • It may reduce tracking by websites. (a good thing)
  • You may be logged out of websites.
  • Records of blocked or allowed location access, notification, etc. are also reset. So, if you visit a website, it will again ask your permission for these.
  • The download list is deleted. (Actual downloaded files are not.)
  • If you have several Apple devices that sync via iCloud, the changes will reflect on all.

How to clear Safari history on Mac

You can choose to clear all history in a few clicks. Or choose to delete them date-wise or by specific pages. Let me show you how.

  1. Open Safari on Mac.
  2. Click on History from the top menu bar
  3. Click on Clear History.

    Open Safari, tap on History at top menu bar, select Clear History
  4. Dropdown menu will show all history. Click on it if you want to select another option, like the last hour, today, today, and yesterday.
  5. Finally, click on Clear History.

    Select All history, tap on Clear history

Now, if you don’t want to clear the entire history but just a few specific pages, here’s what you need to do.

How to delete specific webpage from Safari history on Mac

  1. Open Safari on Mac.
  2. From the top menu bar, click on History.
  3. Click on Show All History.

    Tap on History, select Show All History
  4. You will see Last Visited Today and other dates. Right-click on one and then choose Delete.

    Right click on particular day history, select Delete
  5. Or, click on the tiny triangle arrow ▶ to expand.
  6. Next, right-click on an individual page and choose Delete.

    Tap dropdown arrow, right click on particular page, select Delete

How to clear Safari cache and cookies on Mac

To clear cache and cookies of your existing Safari profile, you need to delete all of its Website Data. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Launch the Safari browser.
  2. On the menu bar, click Safari → Pick Settings.

    Choose Safari in menu bar and select Settings
  3. Open the Privacy tab → Select Manage Website Data.

    Open the Privacy tab and select Manage Website Data
  4. Select Remove All.
    You can individually select websites → Choose Remove.

    Select Remove All
  5. Validate by clicking the Remove Now button.

    Validate by pressing Remove Now button
  6. Lastly, click Done to complete your choices.

    Confirm by clicking Done

The above-mentioned method will only delete website data for a particular profile in Safari.

If you’re like me and enjoy using multiple profiles on Safari to maintain a separation between your personal and professional activities, then I’d like to notify you about something.

However, if you wish to clear the cookies and cache for all your Safari profiles, then you must employ the following method.

How to clear cache of all Safari profiles on Mac

  1. Launch Safari → Click Safari in the menu bar → Select Settings.
  2. Proceed to the Advanced tab → Tick the checkbox adjacent to Show features for web developers.

    Head to Advanced tab and tick the checkbox next to Show features for web developers
  3. Open the newly introduced Develop tab in the menu bar → Pick Empty Caches for All Profiles from the options.

    Go to Developer tab and select Empty Caches

How to block all cookies for Safari on Mac

Cookies are tiny data packets that a website saves on your device. It helps the site know that you are revisiting it. (If this is your first visit to iGeeksBlog, you might have seen a banner at the bottom asking for your cookie consent.)

When you clear history and website data, cookies are also deleted. However, here is how you can remove cookies (cache, etc. too) individually and how you can block them from accumulating further.

  1. Launch Safari browser → Click Safari in the menu bar → Select Settings.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced tab → Enable the checkbox next to Block all cookies.

    Click Advance and enable Block all cookies
  3. Confirm by clicking Block All.

    Confirm by clicking Block All
Will my bookmarks and saved passwords be deleted if I clear my Safari history?

No, clearing your Safari history will not lead to the removal of your bookmarks or saved passwords.

Will clearing cookies result in automatic sign-out from websites and services I’m presently using?

Yes, clearing cookies will log you out from websites and services where you were previously signed in. This process removes stored login credentials.

Could clearing cache, history, and cookies impact my browsing experience?

Yes, clearing cache, history, and cookies might have a temporary impact on your browsing experience. Websites could a bit slowly.

Be safe!

If you want to remove the Safari cache, history, and cookies on your Mac, just follow the instructions above. Furthermore, I’d highly recommend our complete guides if you’re thinking of changing your default search engine for normal and private windows in Safari.

Did you find this guide helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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