Safari, Apple’s web browser keeps getting better day by day with its new features for Apple users. It boasts a fantastic smart search bar, unique split view version, and tabs for Apple users. iCloud keychain can be used to add articles to reading list, access user’s saved passwords and credit cards, and view shared links on your iPhone and iPad. And using Apple’s secure and trustworthy contactless payment system ‘Apple pay,’ you can make payments for goods and services online. Apple’s Safari allows users to browse anything freely and peacefully on the internet without being tracked by online advertising companies. It features a ‘Do Not Track’ policy to stop social networks, advertising, and analytics from following you everywhere on social media. All these features of Safari make it the most used and loved web browser by Apple users.
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How to Fix can’t delete history on safari browser in iPhone 6?
Every day you use Safari to browse multiple things on your iPhone. Safari is a web browser and thus, keeps a record of all the websites you visit and their data. Many users are aware of the fact that browsing history and website data should regularly be cleared so as not to let it clutter your device. If not removed periodically, your safari may slow down and not function properly. But recently, many iPhone 6 users have complained about not being able to delete Safari browsing history as the section in the settings shows clear history and website data grayed out.
If you are one of the users who is facing this problem, don’t worry as we are going to show you a fix for this issue.
Let’s first talk about why you could be facing this problem
There could be two reasons for this, either you are surfing the net in private browsing mode, or you have set restrictions on your browser. Many a time, parents place restrictions and block some websites on the browser to keep their kids from accessing adult content on the net. This is one of the reasons why users cannot delete browsing history from Safari. You need to remove restrictions to enable the grayed out option in settings.
How to disable and remove restrictions set on iPhone 6
Follow these simple steps to disable restrictions on your iPhone –
Step 1 – Launch Settings app on your iPhone 6, then tap on ‘General.’
Step 2 – Scroll down the list of settings and tap on ‘restrictions.’
Step 3 – Enter your restrictions password when asked
Step 4 – Scroll down the list of allowed content, search for ‘websites’ and tap on it
After tapping on websites, three options will be displayed on your iPhone screen: ‘All websites,’ ‘Limit Adult content’ and ‘Specific websites only.’ You will see a tick mark next to the option you must’ve selected earlier to set restrictions on your iPhone.
Step 5 – Tap on ‘All websites’
Selecting ‘all websites’ will remove set restrictions on your iPhone and let you access all the websites on Safari. After following the steps above, you’ll be able to delete Safari browsing history on your iPhone 6.
If you are unable to delete safari history due to private browsing mode, just turning it off can do the tricks. Private browsing safeguards your private details and blocks certain websites from tracking your patterns. This stops Safari from creating a search history.
How to turn off Private Browsing mode on Safari
Follow these three simple steps to turn off private browsing mode –
Step 1 – Turn on your iPhone and open Safari web browser
Step 2 – Tap on the menu
Step 3 – Tap on Private and then done
That’s all you have to do.
Now that you have removed the restrictions and turned off private browsing mode, are you wondering how to delete website data and browsing history on Safari? Here’s how –
Before deleting website data and history, you must know that all your past browsing sessions will be removed and you will be logged out of all the sites on Safari. There are two methods by which you can remove website data and history. In the first method, both of them can be deleted at once and in the second method, separately one by one.
How to delete safari website data and history at once
Just follow these five steps one by one, and there you have it!
Step 1 – Open your iPhone and launch the Settings app on it
Step 2 – Scroll down on the list of Settings and tap on Safari
Step 3 – After tapping on Safari, tap on ‘clear history and website data.’
Step 4 – Tap on ‘Clear history and website data’ at the bottom to confirm it
Done! Now you’ve successfully deleted both website data and history on safari, but in case you only want to remove website data and keep the history, continue reading below.
How to delete only website data from Safari on iPhone 6
Removing just website data is just as simple as removing website data and history together, so don’t worry!
Step 1 – Open your iPhone and launch the settings app
Step 2 – Scroll down the list, look for Safari and tap on it
Step 3 – After tapping on Safari, scroll down the displayed list
Step 4 – Tap on ‘advanced’ present at the bottom of the list
Step 5 – After that, tap on ‘Website data.’
Step 6 – Now, you have two options provided:
- If you want to remove the entire website data from Safari, tap on ‘remove all website data’ at the bottom of the screen
- If you want to remove the data individually from certain websites then
- Tap on edit, present on top right corner of the screen
- Then, tap on the red button present next to the website you want to delete the data of
- Tap on ‘delete.’
You’ve completed the process of deleting website data individually!
How to delete only the history on Safari –
In case you don’t want to delete any of the website’s data, you can follow the steps below to remove only the Safari history.
Step 1 – Launch Safari web browser on your iPhone
Step 2 – Tap on the bookmark icon at the bottom of the screen
Step 3 – Under bookmarks, tap on ‘history.’
Step 4 – Your Safari browsing history will be displayed next. Now, you have two options – choose either one of these
- If you want to delete history individually, then –
- Swipe left from right side of the screen on the name of the history you want to delete
- Tap on ‘delete.’
- Tap on ‘done’ at the bottom right of the screen to confirm
- If you want to remove the entire browsing history then –
- Tap on ‘clear’ at the bottom
- As you tap on clear, you get four options displayed on the screen –
– Clear the last hour: To clear the history of the past one hour
– Clear today: To clear the history of all the activities of today
– Clear today & yesterday: To erase all the browsing history of today and yesterday both
– Clear all history: To delete the browsing history of all the sessions since the beginning
Choose the one as per your need.
Wrapping it up:
That’s all there is to be done to remove safari history on your iPhone 6. We hope the two methods mentioned in this article help fix the problem of being unable to delete safari history on iPhone 6.