How to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Desktop/Mobile

This article is all about how to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Desktop and phone explained in the most possible simple ways.

Apple’s native web browser and the most used web browser is Safari. The Safari browser does not have any reset kind of button to make it to return the state to its’s default state.

How to Reset Safari browser to make Settings Default on Desktop

Below are some of the steps to reset Safari to Default settings.

Note: The below instructions mentioned can be performed only in the Safari version of v13 and in maOS 10.15 (Catalina).

1. Removing the Browser History

Your history from the browser for sure helps Safari to make the process of auto-completing the URLs and other related items, but really if you have any concerns about your security & privacy, then you can make it clear.

Suppose if you are going to clear your browsing history from Safari, then keep in mind that you are resetting the browser by erasing the below items:

  • All the web page history including the URLs that you have visited in Safari.
  • Top sites that you have not marked as consistent and permanent at any time.
  • All websites and cookies data. (you have to note that you will want to again enter the login information on required sites that really require logins).
  • Recent searches are done in the Safari browser.

Steps to clear the Browsing History:

  • To make the clearing of history, first, you have to select the ‘History’ tab on the top main menu.
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  • Then select ‘Clear History’ and next to the ‘Website Data’ under it.
  • Select the button “Clear History” that will appear in the popup window and the history will be cleared for you.
  • Select ‘all history’ from the drop-down menu next to Clear.
  • Other options include the last hour, today, and today and yesterday.
  • Click on the ‘Clear history’ button.
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  • You can have the option to clear the history and cookie data, by choosing the values from the below selection menu.
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  • To make it clear for a specific website, you can go to History and then select the Show History, again choose the website you need to delete, and then press the Delete option.
  • Choose the Safari tab from the main menu and then select the Preferences.
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  • Click on the Extensions tab, then select each extension.
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  • Click on the ‘Uninstall’ button for each extension.

2. Delete or Disable the Extensions

Disabling plugins in Safari is much easier than totally deleting them completely.

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Open Preferences under the Safari main menu.
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  • Click on the Websites tab.
  • You can see all the plugins at the panel bottom under the ‘Plug-ins’ header.
  • You can deselect at the bottom of the panel all the plugins.
  • Sometimes, the main functionality of specific websites that really require specific plugins will interfere with this.

3. Remove plugins completely

If you really want to delete your plugins completely, then follow the simple steps:

  • Quit Safari if it is already open on your Mac.
  • You should go to the location or place where the plugin is set up and installed.
  • This is usually something ‘~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/’ or ‘~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/’.
  • Press the command ‘Command + A’ to select all the plugins, and then press the Delete button to remove them completely.

How to Reset Safari to factory Settings on the devices on Mobile (iPhone or iPad)

To reset Safari’s browser settings on an iPhone or iPad:

1.Clear Browsing History from Mobile browser

  • Select the gear icon on the Home screen to open the iPad Settings.
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  • Scroll down through all apps and find & select Safari.
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  • Click on the ‘Privacy & Security’ options.
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  • Then select ‘Clear History and Website Data’, then you can make it confirm your choice by tapping on the ‘Clear History and Data’ when it prompted.
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2.Clear Browser Cache from Mobile browser

When the browser cache was clear on Mobile, then the Safari browser will forget the website’s information it has stored some time back and then start reloading each page you visit again.

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Open Preferences under the Safari main menu.
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  • Click on the Advanced tab.
  • In the Advanced dialog window at the bottom, you can select the option ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’.
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  • Now you can go back to your browser window, choose the ‘Develop’ menu or tab from the main menu, and choose ‘Empty Caches’.

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