Normally, Safari on iPhone and iPad keeps track of which sites you visit in a special History list. While it’s possible to completely wipe your history in Settings, you can also erase only more recent history if you’d like. Here’s how.

First, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the “Bookmarks” button (which looks like an open book). On the iPad, you’ll find it in the upper-left corner of the screen beside the address bar. On an iPhone, it’s at the bottom of the screen.

In the pop-up that appears (on the left side of the screen on iPad and over the whole screen on iPhone), tap the History tab (which looks like a clock face), and then tap the “Clear” button.

(Don’t worry. It won’t clear anything yet.)

Tap the "History" tab, then tap "Clear."

After you tap “Clear,” another pop-up will give you yet another choice. You can select “All time,” “Today and yesterday,” “Today,” or “The last hour.”

Choosing one of these options will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other browsing data from the point you select until now. For example, if you click “Today,” all the browsing history from sites you visited today will disappear, but everything earlier than that will remain on the list.

Tap the option you’d prefer (or you can tap outside the pop-up box to cancel).

After tapping clear, choose which time option you'd like.

If you made a selection from the pop-up list, your browsing history will be cleared accordingly. It’s all very quick and handy.

How to Erase Single Entries in Safari’s History List

Oh, and one more thing before you go: In Safari’s History list, you can also delete individual entries by swiping to the left on them with your finger. When a red “Delete” button appears on the right, tap it.

In Safari's History list, you can swipe any individual entry and delete it.

Using this method, only the single entry you just swiped will be zapped. This can be a nice, laser-focused way of erasing certain history items without having to clear everything at once. Happy browsing!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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