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How to clear browsing data in Safari iOS Mobile

how to clear browsing data safari iOS mobile
January 18, 2019 at 10:06 pm

When I’m testing websites on my iPhone, I often need to clear my browsing data to refresh websites and see their new changes reflected on my phone. Clearing browsing history on your iPhone is super easy and can be done in a few steps. You might want to clear your browsing history for different reasons such as cross-site cookie tracking, but just be aware that all of your website cookies will be cleared using this technique and you’ll be logged out of all websites. I don’t log in to websites on my phone, but I figured I’d let you know just in case!

Clear your iOS Safari browsing data in a few easy steps:

  1. Open your main system settings menu.

  2. Scroll all the way down until you see Safari and then click on it.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Safari settings and then click on “Clear history and website data.”

  4. Click on “Clear history and data” once more in order to confirm the action.

Best privacy settings for Safari mobile browser on iOS

Now that you’ve cleared your browsing data, you might want to tweak some additional privacy settings. You’ll notice that in my video I also have a few other options selected for browsing the internet with Safari on my phone. If you want to minimize tracking as much as possible and save a little bit of extra data, you should use the following settings for Safari on iOS. Turning some of these auto suggestion and preloading settings off will reduce the amount of HTTP requests and ultimately reduce your mobile data usage, but not by a very significant amount.

Search Settings

  • Search Engine: DuckDuckGo

  • Search Engine Suggestions: Off

  • Safari Suggestions: Off

  • Quick Website Search: Off

  • Preload Top Hit: Off

General Settings

  • Frequently Visited Sites: Off

  • Block Pop-ups: On

Privacy & Security Settings

  • Prevent Cross-Site Tracking: On

  • Block All Cookies: On

  • Ask Websites Not to Track Me: On

  • Fraudulent Website Warning: On

  • Camera & Microphone Access: Off

  • Check for Apple Pay: Off

If you absolutely need to log in to websites on your mobile phone, you’ll want to ensure that cookies and JavaScript are enabled, but if you don’t need to log in or have websites remember your every move, you have no reason to enable cookies or other tracking features.

Disbale JavaScript in Safari mobile browser on iOS

If you really want to get advanced and block more intrusive scripts in your Safari mobile browser, you can turn off JavaScript. Be warned that most websites will not render properly and your browsing experience will be terrible. You can try plain “reader mode” in Safari if that suits your fancy, but unfortunately most websites use a plethora of JavaScript files these days and disabling it will break the majority of sites.

  1. Open your main system settings menu.

  2. Scroll all the way down until you see Safari and then click on it.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Safari settings and then click on “Advanced.”

  4. Click the toggle to disable JavaScript.

In conclusion, you should always be careful with your internet privacy! The more you know about protecting your personal privacy online, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

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