How to delete history in Safari manually

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10 / 01 / 2018

How to delete history in Safari manually

Deleting your Safari browser history might seem relatively simple. And that’s partially true — it takes just a few seconds to wipe your entire browser history. But there’s way more to the story. What if you want to remove only a few sites from your browser history, wipe your private data (like where you’ve been on the internet), or tell Safari to stop autofilling your personal info? Read on and we’ll show you how.

How to delete history in Safari manually

Recently, we walked you through how to delete your browsing history on your Mac. You can see this article and additional information about browsing history here. So, macOS comes with a built-in two-click tool to remove your search history. Here’s how it works:

  • Open Safari.

  • Select History from the top menu bar.

  • Click Clear History from the drop-down menu

Now, select how much of your browsing history you want to delete and click Clear History.

That's it. You're good to go. The Clear History tool removes your browsing history along with cookies and cache files.

How to delete specific pages from Safari history

If you want to delete select pages from your browsing history while keeping everything else, Safari makes it easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Open Safari History menu from the top menu bar.
  • Select the Show All History option.

  • Right-click the website you’d like to remove and select Delete from the drop-down menu.

  • To remove multiple websites simultaneously, select them while holding down the Shift or Cmd button. Then, press Backspace or Delete.

It's not just the websites you’ve visited that Safari remembers. Safari also stores cookies and cache files. In a nutshell, cookies are files downloaded when you visit a webpage. These files store your previous activity on that website so it can be retrieved next time you visit this website. Cache, or temporary internet files, helps Safari load website images faster. Each time you visit the same webpage, Safari refers to its cache storage instead of the server.

Having too many cache files or cookies may slow down website load times. But it's not just about speed. It's about privacy too. Cookies may be used by third parties to track your browsing habits, which can be considered a privacy concern. Finally, storing cache files for a long time may cause Safari to load older versions of the website you’re visiting. That’s why we suggest you clear cookies and cache files at least once a month. Doing so will help Safari work the way it should.

How to clear cookies and cache in Safari

You can delete cookies and cache files both for all websites you’ve visited and for specific pages. Just follow these steps:

  • Click Safari at the top menu bar and open Preferences.

  • Select the Privacy tab

  • Click the Manage Website Data button

Next, you’ll see a list of the website data stored in your browser. Safari should also notify you that removing this data may reduce tracking your browsing behavior and safeguard your privacy. What’s more, clearing these files is handy in case you’re entering an updated login or password, but Safari keeps autofilling the wrong one. Simply select the websites you’d like to delete and click the Remove button. Want to cover all your tracks? Click Remove All to delete every cookies or cache file from the very beginning.

By the way, Safari has a smart tool called Develop menu. It deletes only the cache files, keeping cookies and browsing history in the browser’s memory. You may use this option in case Safari fails to load specific websites. Develop menu is hidden by default, but it’s easy to open. Just go to Safari Preferences > Advanced and check the Show Develop menu box at the bottom of the window. Next, select the Empty Caches option.

AutoFill is another effective tool, which can also be found in Safari Preferences. It stores your usernames, passwords, and credit card details so that you don’t have to enter them every time you log in, shop online, or fill in forms. You can easily change the Autofill data by clicking the Edit button.

Next to the AutoFill tab, you will see a Passwords tab. Use it to change the passwords saved in Safari or add/remove passwords for specific websites.

Now you know the easiest ways to remove Safari history, cache, and cookies. Clearing them regularly not only keeps Safari working at its best, but also allows you to control the private data you share. How often do you clear your browsing history? Let us know in the comment section.