How to Delete Browsing History on Safari for Mac, iOS
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How to Delete Browsing History on Safari for Mac, iOS

There are a few of circumstances when deleting Safari's website data history could be useful. This first is when websites open with Safari just stop working. It could be that Facebook, Twitter,... stop refreshing with new updates, as an example, or the photos on the website don't show as they should, and your website doesn't affect when you custom the code, etc. If that occurs you need to clean the cache of Safari browser. The cache is among the area that Safari keeps website data to avoid needing to download it recently time you open the site.

By default, the Safari internet browser has provided an option to clean up whole web page history, website data, searches, and cookies, etc on a Mac, as well as on a iPhone, iPad. Deleting the Safari's data stores is great method for a well-balanced browsing experience. Here's exactly how it's done on OS X El Capitan or Yosemite and iOS.

How to delete all history, cookies and data from Safari in El Capitan or Yosemite

Deleting all Safari's data

The first, open the Safari browser on your Mac, then click on the "Safari" menu and select "Clear History..." or you also click on History menu and select "Clear History...".

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Tips: Press and hold the Alt (Option) button of your keyboard while clicking on Safari menu, and then you will provide a new option which can help remove browsing history without removing cookies or website data.

You can see the new option via the image below.

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Choose among the selections which next to the Clear . There are 4 options:

  1. The last hour.
  2. Today.
  3. Today and yesterday.
  4. All history.

Select "Clear History" for the data, cookies, and history or select "Cancel" to close it. The change is quick and you don't need to reopen Safari in OS X El Capitan.

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Deleting specific websites from Safari History

By clicking History >> Show History you'll view a list of the websites you went to recently. You can follow via step by step below.

Step 1: Open Safari from Dock at the bottom on your Mac

Step 2: Choose Show History in Safari's History menu or you also use the Command (⌘)+ Y to open it quickly.

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Step 3: Scroll down and look for the recently gone to web pages which you need to delete.

Step 4: Press and hold the Control button while clicking on the url of website. A new popup will certainly show up, click on Remove button.

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Step 5: Repeat the similar action for the webpages which you really want to delete.

Cleaning the Cache on Safari

Cleaning the Safari cache can be done by opening the Safari Developer menu.

 Note: By default, the Safari Developer menu have been hidden on a Mac OS X.

You can follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Open the Safari app from your Mac, in the Safari menu bar, click the Safari >> Choose the Preferences.

Step 2: At the Preferences interface, click on the Advanced tab.

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Step 3: Check the box next to Show Develop menu in menu bar at the bottom of the window. Then, a new Develop menu option will show the right of the Bookmarks menu options immediately.

Step 4: Return to the Safari and choose the Empty Caches on the Develop menu.

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Cleaning cookies and cache data for particular sites

Cleaning up just cookies and the cache data for particular sites can possibly be performed by launching the Preferences dialog box, then choosing the Privacy icon and going to the Details... button nears the heading which reads a number of Websites stored cookies and other data.

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You are able to after that prune the list by hand by choosing a particular website and clicking on the Remove button , or remove all cookies and cache by clicking on the Remove All button. There's a search area through that you can find particular sites. 

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Keep in mind that removing cookies could perhaps delete autocompleted login account (include your users and passwords for sites), and are going to probably log you out of a particular site if you've set up it to automatically login every time you access.

Removing or Editing autofill data from Safari

Autofill is among the more essential functions of Safari on a Mac that autocomplete fill on the web purchase forms and logins, even if it's a full name, delivery address, username and password, as well as payment and visa or mastercard details.

Safari's AutoFill feature, easily accessible by going to the Preferences and clicking on the AutoFill icon.

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Select "Edit" alongside the Other Forms. Then, choose the website in the list which you need to remove and click on Remove button >> Done and Exit.

You also edit or remove the others information such as Contacts, Username or Password and Credit Cards.

How to Clear Browsing History on an iPhone, iPad

The ways to clear browsing history on iOS was also described in Solomen’s article: How to Clear Browsing History on an iPhone, iPad
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    Solomen is Editor of OMG!Howto who covers technology news, how-to guides and more. Solomen uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows. In his free time, he often listens to Baroque music and goes swimming. Follow him on Instagram: @solomen1992


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