Clear Cache, Cookies and History in Safari on iPhone

Safari on iOS has a very straight-forward interface to Reset Safari. The controls to clear your Cookies, Browsing history, cache and other things in Safari are all stored in the same screen. To get to these controls and choose what you want to clear, follow these instructions.

  1. Open the "Settings" App

    The controls to reset Safari aren't actually inside Safari! They're in the Settings app.

    Go back to the Home Screen and tap the Settings app.

    Screenshot of the Home Screen, highlighting the Settings app icon

  2. Scroll down to the "Safari" item

    Scroll the screen down until you see Safari and tap on it.

    Screenshot of the Settings screen, highlighting the Safari item

    When you see the Safari item, tap on it to see the options for Safari.

  3. Scroll down to the "Clear History and Website Data" item

    This item is towards the bottom of the screen so you'll need to scroll down a bit.

    Screenshot of Safari's settings, highlighting the Clear History... item

    When you see it, simply tap on it. You will be prompted to confirm deleting your history, cookies and other browsing data.

  4. Confirm your decision to clear your browsing data

    Now you are prompted to clear your browsing data. You can tap Cancel (or just press the Home button) to abort clearing your browsing data from Safari if you've decided not to proceed.

    Screenshot of the confirmation dialog

    Once you've cleared your data you can simply press the Home button to return to the Home Screen of your device.

Looking for guides to clear your browser history in other web browsers?

Here are some guides for other web browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

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