How to Manage & Clear Safari History, Cache & Cookies

Want to boost your Mac Internet speed? It is a must to Clear Safari history, Cache and cookies to improve your Mac Performance. This article is all about how to manage and Clear Safari History, Cache, and Cookies explained in the most possible simple ways.

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How to clear history on safari on Mac?

What is browsing history?

It is quite common basically everything that you search online, will be remembered by your computer machine for sure. Each and every time when you surf the internet, it is not more than you are leaving your footprints in a browser.

The information that you have searched in the browser is stored in a log. Details like website name and its URL will be logged when you browse through the browser. That is the reason you see the websites that you have visited before in auto-suggestions once you start typing in the browser. The information stored in the log is nothing but known as ‘Browsing History’.
Clearing your browsing history in Safari doesn’t clear any browsing histories kept independently by websites you visited.

Why to remove browsing history?

Sometimes it is helpful as it is, but even then browsing history deprives you of anonymity and can pose serious risks to data security. Anyone who has access to your Mac can easily track your online activities and what websites you have opened etc.

Deleting browser history is a good way to make sure your history stays yours. In this article, we will show you how to safely and quickly remove browser history from your Mac.

You can delete all of your web browsing history or specific entries on the Mac OS X of Safari. This can come in handy if you’re on a public computer, or need to remove a certain website from your browsing history. No matter what system you are using, it will only take a few moments.

How to clear All history in Safari:

  • Open Safari or Safari browser.
  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • In the menu bar (top left of your screen) click on the History.
  • At the bottom of the menu, choose ‘Clear History’ option from the list of options.
  • A small dialog window will open saying ‘Clearing history will remove related cookies and other website data’.
  • Use the ‘Clear’ drop-down menu to pick what timeframe you want to clear history and cookies from the Safari browser.
  • The drop-down will have the time frame range values like ‘the last hour’, ‘today’, ‘today and yesterday’, and ‘all history’.
  • One last time, click on the ‘Clear History’ button.
  • Along with clearing your Safari history, this also clears your cookies and cache from Safari.
  • All of the history, cookies, searches, and other data from the range you selected will be deleted.

Note: This will delete history across all devices connected to your iCloud account.

To clear Single Entries history in Safari:

  • Open Safari or Safari browser.
  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • In the menu bar (top left of your screen) click on the History.
  • At the top of the menu, select the ‘Show History’ or ‘Show All History’ option from the list of options.
  • You can also press ‘Command + Option + 2’ to open the Show History window.
  • You will see a window with a list of sites you have visited already and notes on what data they have stored on your Mac. If you want to remove all traces of every site you have visited, click on the remove all. Otherwise, scroll through the list or search for a site whose data you want to delete, then click on it and click on the Remove or Delete to clear the specific site.
  • You can now find the entry that you want to delete.
  • You can use the search bar also in the upper-right corner, or expand the dates to browse through all your entries to find it quickly.
  • Right-click on the entry you want to remove or delete and select “Delete” option.
  • If you have a single-button mouse or trackpad, hold Control and click to open the menu.
  • Repeat for any additional entries you want to remove.

When you clear your history from your Safari browser, the Safari removes the data it saves as a result of your browsing, including:

  • History of web pages you visited
  • The back and forward list for open web pages
  • Top Sites that aren’t marked as permanent
  • Frequently visited site list
  • Recent searches
  • Icons for web pages
  • Snapshots saved for open web pages
  • List of items you downloaded (downloaded files aren’t removed)
  • Websites added for Quick Website Search
  • Websites that asked to use your location
  • Websites that asked to send you notifications
  • Websites with plug-in content you started by clicking a Safari Power Saver notice

Finally, if you want to make sure and confirm that everything has been deleted about the history, cache & cookies from Safari, you can just go to the specific folder and delete all the content.

  • Click on the Go tab on the top main menu in the Finder.
  • Click on the ‘Go to Folder’ option from the list of options available.
  • Now paste the navigation path as like this: ‘~/Library/Safari/Databases’ in the space available.
  • This will take you to the window where all data and content related to Safari will be stored.
  • Now make sure to delete all the contents of the folder.

How to Manage Browsing History on Safari for iPad?

Just keep in mind that reviewing your iPad browser history is a very straightforward process on the iPad. Safari browser will store a log of websites that you visit along with other main related components, such as the cache and cookies. These elements enhance your browsing experience. However, it is required for you sometimes you may want to delete your browsing history and the accompanying data for privacy reasons.

Note: This article applies to all iPad devices with iOS 10 or iPadOS 13 or later. The process for managing browser history in Safari on an iPhone is slightly different.

Below are the methods explained in managing Browsing history on Safari for iPad.

How to View and Delete Your iPad Browser History in Safari?

You can manage your web browsing history on the iPad in two ways. However, the easiest option is to do it directly in Safari.

  • Open the Safari web browser on your iPad.
  • Select the Bookmarks icon at the top of the screen. It looks like an open book symbol.
  • Select the clock icon to open the History pane. A list of sites visited by you over the past month appears in front of you.
  • To delete a single website from your browser history, you can swipe left on its name.
  • Select the ‘Clear’ at the bottom of the panel to reveal four options: those are; The last hour, Today, Today and yesterday, and All time.
  • These are nothing but the time range or time frame in other devices.
  • Select your preferred option as you wish to remove the browsing history from your iPad and all connected iCloud devices.

How to Delete History and Cookies From the iPad Settings App?

Sometimes deleting the browser history though Safari doesn’t make sure that it removed all the data it stores. So for a thorough cleaning, you must go to the iPad Settings app. You can also delete the browsing history and cookies from the Settings app. Clearing the history in this way confirms that it deletes everything Safari saved in the logs.

  • Select the gear icon on the Home screen to open the iPad Settings.
  • Scroll down through all apps and find & select Safari.
  • Scroll through the list of settings available and select Clear History and Website Data to delete the browsing history, cookies, and other cached website data.
  • Select Clear to confirm to remove all browsing history, cache, etc., or select Cancel to return to the Safari settings without removing any data.

How to Delete Stored Website Data on iPad?

  • Open the iPad Settings app.
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  • Scroll down through all apps and find & select Safari.
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  • Now you scroll to the bottom of the Safari settings screen and select Advanced.
  • Select ‘Website Data’ to display a breakdown of the data that each website currently stores on the iPad device.
  • Select ‘Show All Sites’ to display the expanded list if necessary for you.
  • Select ‘Remove All Website Data’ at the bottom of the screen to delete the site data at once, or swipe left on individual items to clear items one at a time.

Manage Cookies in the Safari Browser

Most users are aware of the security violations and tracking of implications that come by just accepting the cookies. If you see any additional concern that is absolutely the effect of the corrupt cookies, which will definitely impact the total performance of your web browser, that also includes how interacting with the websites which are in favorite.

Note: Information mentioned in this article is applicable to the Macs running macOS High Sierra (10.11) versions and later.

What are the Corrupt Cookies that affect Safari Experience?

You just keep in mind, when your web browser continuously collects cookies for a long time, then bad things can happen. After some time the cookies become out of date, which will lead to the consumption of more space but there is no benefit for you.

How to Manage Cookies in the Safari Browser

Below are the simple steps that show you the ways to delete website data which in turn will remove or delete the Corrupt cookies.

How to Clear Cookies on Safari?

In the Safari preferences menu, you can choose an option to clear all of your cookies which are stored and caches or just particular data which you want to clear, leaving the others. Just follow the steps.

  • Launch Safari and open Safari on your Mac.
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  • Open Preferences under the Safari main menu.
  • Click on the Privacy tab.
  • In the ‘Cookies and website data’ section, click on the ‘Manage Website Data…’ button.
  • It will open a list of the websites for which your system is storing the data, including cookies and caches.
  • Here you can choose some options like delete a single website or multiple websites at a time.
  • To delete a particular website, just scroll through that list, or use the search to find out the one as you wish.
  • Select it and choose ‘Remove’ in order to delete data which your computer storing for that particular website.
  • This is very helpful whenever you are having problems with a particular website.
  • Press the Shift key and select multiple websites which are in a sequence.
  • Firstly, select the first website and then hold down the Shift key and then select the second website. Any website in between the two can be selected.
  • To select noncontiguous websites you can use the Command key
  • Click on the ‘Remove’ button to delete selected cookies.
  • Click on the ‘Remove All’ button to delete all the websites on the list. No selection is necessary in this case.
  • Then it ask you for confirmation to delete all data which is stored by that websites with a message saying “Are you sure you want to remove all data stored by the #number displayed websites on your computer”.
  • You can confirm by selecting ‘Remove Now’ in the pop-up window.

How to clear cache in Safari

Here are the simple steps that show you how to clear or delete browser cache in Safari manually:

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Open Preferences under the Safari main menu.
  • Click on the Advanced tab.
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  • At the bottom of the Advanced dialog window, check the option ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’ and close the preference screen.
  • Now you can return to your browser window back, select the ‘Develop’ tab from Safari’s main menu bar, and choose ‘Empty Caches’.
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  • You can press ‘Option+Command+E’ alternatively on your keyboard.

Clear Safari cache with CleanMyMac

This is the quickest and safest way to remove browser cache. Instead of doing it manually through your browser settings, you can gain full control over all your cache and history data with CleanMyMac X.
It’s an easy cache cleaner that will do the job like a charm and it is very fast.

Follow these steps to clear all your browser caches:

  • Run CleanMyMac. launch it and go to the Privacy module.
  • you can see all your browsers listed, select any of them.
  • Tick items you want to clean from your browser cache.
  • Finally, click on the Remove button to clear your browser cache.

Clearing auto-filled Usernames and Passwords From Safari Browser

1. Open the Safari browser from your Mac.
2. Once Safari is opened, click on the Safari menu on the top left corner beside the Apple icon.
3. Select ‘Preferences’ option from the menu.
4. A new window will appear. Click on the Passwords tab from the tabs available. By default ‘General’ tab will be selected.


5. You can view the websites for which usernames and passwords are saved or cookies were saved for that data.
6. Now select the websites for which you wish to remove saved cookie data and click on the ‘Remove’ button.
7. An alert will be displayed with a confirmation message and confirm it to remove.


8. That’s it, you are done and all the cookies related to usernames and passwords will be cleared or removed.

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