How to Delete Search and Browsing History on iPhone

Whether you’re worried about security, border searches, or embarrassment, there can be plenty of good reasons to clean up your web activity. Here’s how to delete search history on iPhone, whether you’re using Safari, Siri, Chrome, or Google Search.

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To delete your Safari browsing history on an iPhone, open the Settings app, select Safarithen touch Clear history and website data. If you are using Google Chrome, launch the app and go to More (…) > History. Down, press Clear browsing datathen select the types and amount of data you want to erase.


How to Delete Google Search History on Your iPhone

Although it is the default search engine of Safari and of course Chrome, the best way to manage your Google history is through the dedicated tool Google Search application :

  • Open Google search, then tap your profile picture/icon top right.
  • Faucet Search history.
  • By using the Wipe off drop-down button or your search timeline, select the history you want to delete. It could be all of that, a narrow time range, or just specific searches.
  • If you want the history to be deleted automatically, go to Search History > Orders then switch Automatic deletion. You can choose the frequency of scans.

How to Delete Siri Search History

Siri is generally thought of as a voice assistant, but it has tendrils across all Apple platforms, including dictation features. Luckily, it’s extremely easy to browse your iPhone’s recent Siri history:

  • In the Settings app, open Siri and search.
  • Select Siri and dictation history.
  • Faucet Delete Siri and Dictation History.

The catch is that you have no control over the delay – following these instructions will clear Apple’s servers of all Siri interactions with your iPhone for the past six months. Anything beyond that is disassociated from your random ID and held anonymously by Apple to improve Siri.

You can use Settings > Privacy > Analytics and improvements to completely disable Siri recordings. If you delete something within 24 hours, no one at Apple will ever review it.

How to Delete Safari Browsing History

As you’d hope with the native iPhone browser, clearing Safari history is simple.

  • Open the Settings app, scroll down a bit and select Safari.
  • Further down the page, tap Clear history and website data. Don’t worry, you won’t lose saved autofill information for web forms.

How to Delete Chrome Browsing History

Chrome’s option isn’t as easy to find as Safari’s, but it’s not difficult either, and it’s quite flexible.

  • Open Chrome.
  • Move towards More (…) > History.
  • At the bottom of the next page, tap Clear browsing data.
  • Choose a time range, then the types of content you want to purge. Make sure that only Navigation history is selected if you do not want to delete items such as cookies or cached files.
  • Press red Clear browsing data button.

How to Use Safari’s Private Browsing Mode

Like other browsers these days, Safari offers an anonymous mode so you don’t have to worry about deleting history in the first place. Here’s how to enable private browsing:

  • Launch Safari on your iPhone.
  • Press the Tabs button in the lower right corner.
  • At the bottom center, press the button with the gray down arrow next to that. It may read “[number] Tabs” if you already have content open, or “Start Page” if you don’t.
  • Select Privatethen Do.

You can leave private browsing the same way, just by choosing one of your regular tab groups instead of Private. Remember that when you close a Private tab, you lose all information for that session, including anything you entered as autofill information.

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