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How to View and Clear Your Browser History on Safari – 2017 Guide

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Safari is a web browser that has been developed by Apple. It comes with every device that has Mac OS X and iOS installed on it, by default. This means that Safari is installed on every iPhone and iPad as well. Safari was first released in 2003. With the fall of Internet Explorer, and the rise of new web browsers, Apple saw an opportunity to release their own browser. Since then, Safari has received a large amount of updates. Currently, Safari is a very popular web browser. It has a spot in the list of top five web browsers, thanks to its many users.

Safari offers many of the features that other modern browsers offer as well. With Safari, it is possible to manage your bookmarks, check your e-mail with the integrated e-mail feature and block pop-ups by default. There is also an incognito feature, which allows you to surf the web without saving anything to your browser’s history. Safari also checks your spelling, and allows for tabs. This should give you an optimal internet experience while using the browser.

Just like any other web browser, Safari also saves your browser history by default. And just like any other browser, it is possible to view and clear your browser history on Safari. You can either delete certain websites from your history, partially clear your history or completely clear your Safari history. The option you choose depends on your needs. In this article, you will learn how to successfully view and clear your browser history on Safari.

View Your Browser History on Safari

Viewing your browser history on Safari is different on every device. In this article, we are going to assume that you either running OS X or Windows on your device. To view your browser history on Safari using an OS X device, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Start Safari by clicking on the Safari icon in your dock
  2. At the top of your screen, you will see a button called “History”
  3. Click on the “History” button
  4. A menu showing your most recently visited websites will appear

  1. To see more history, select one of the sub-menus
  2. Safari groups your history in a daily overview
  3. To see your history of a certain day, simply click on the corresponding sub-menu

Viewing your Safari browser history on a Windows machine is slightly different. However, it is actually quite straightforward. To view your browser history on Safari using a Windows device, simply follow these steps:

  1. Start Safari by clicking on the Safari icon on your taskbar/desktop
  2. Click on the “gear” icon, at the top-right corner
  3. Click on “history” to make your history appear

  1. Your history will be shown in a daily overview
  2. Double-clicking on any of the websites will redirect you to that website

Alternatively, it is also possible to use a shortcut to make your browser history appear in Safari. You will have to press CTRL + H simultaneously. The CTRL and H keys can be found on every Windows keyboard. This shortcut is great for people that view their Safari history on a regular basis.

Clear Your Browser History on Safari

Clearing your browser history on Safari is pretty straightforward. However, since Safari is available on different operating systems, the way you do it might differ. We will tell you how to clear your browser history on Safari on an OS X, Windows and iOS device. To clear your Safari browser history on your OS X device, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Start Safari by clicking on the Safari icon in your dock
  2. At the top of your screen, you will see a button called “History”
  3. Click on the “History” button
  4. At the bottom of the “History” dropdown menu, you will see “Clear History”
  5. Click on “Clear History”

  1. Select how much of your history you want cleared (one hour ago, today, yesterday, all history)
  2. Click on the “Clear History” button to clear your Safari browser history on OS X
Clear Your Safari Browser History on Windows

On Windows, it is possible to clear individual websites from your Safari browser history, or to completely clear your history. To individually clear websites from your Safari browser history, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Start Safari by clicking on the Safari icon on your taskbar/desktop
  2. Click on the “gear” icon, at the top-right corner
  3. Click on “history” to make your history appear

  1. Left click once on the website that you want to clear from your history
  2. Right click on the website that you want to clear from your history
  3. Click on “Delete”
  4. The website is now cleared from your history

To completely clear your Safari browser history on a Windows machine, you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Start Safari by clicking on the Safari icon on your taskbar/desktop
  2. Click on the “gear” icon, at the top-right corner
  3. Click on “history” to make your history appear
  4. At the bottom, you will see a “Clear History” button
  5. Click on “Clear History”
  6. Select how much of your history you want cleared (one hour ago, today, yesterday, all history)
  7. Click on the “Clear History” button to clear your Safari browser history on Windows
Clear Your Safari Browser History on iOS

If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you have surely used the Safari browser. Safari comes with iOS devices by default. To clear your Safari history on iOS devices, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Navigate to “Safari” and tap on it
  3. Scroll down
  4. Tap on “Clear History and Website Data”

  1. Tap on “Clear History and Website Data” again to confirm the action
  2. All history and website data is now cleared