How to delete iPhone Safari search history? Help..

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by xply, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    #1
    Hi. when I am using the built in search in safari (using the google/yahoo search bar within safari), the search results i used before are still present, even after clearing the cache, cookies, and history from the setting> safari menu. I've also changed my search from google to yahoo, cleared those 3 things, and changed it back to google and my previous search results are still present. I am using 2.0 pwnage firmware. thank you.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Location:
    South of Boston
    #2
    Looks like you GF is going to find all those porn sites you were perusing.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

    MBHockey

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Location:
    New York
    #3
    This will clear the search history:

    1) Go to Settings --> Safari
    2) Change your search engine (switch from Google to Yahoo! or vice versa)
    3) Tap Home button
    4) Tap Safari
    5) Go to Settings --> Safari
    6) Tap the following sequentially: Clear History, Clear Cookies, Clear Cache
    7) Change your search engine back to what it was originally
    8) Tap Home button
    9) Launch Safari and verify search history is gone
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2007
    #4
    wow thanks mbhockey :) i originally thought i did the same process when i tried that the first time. but i decided to do it again following your steps exactly and it worked!! thanks!!
     
  5. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    #5
    Still Having Trouble Deleting History

    I feel like I am following the steps correctly, but still the search bar will pop up with the sites.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    #6
    You Have Bookmarked That Page

    Even though you might have cleverly disguised the name of the page (e.g. 'Cunning Swedish Linguistics') Safari will keep showing the URL in the address bar. This is a default action for all bookmarked site. Delete the bookmark from Safari and use an app like 1password. It has a built in browser and does not use Safari, so Safari does not know what sites are bookmarked or what sites you visited. Your secret visit to 'Massive Banal Plug-ins' will remain a secret.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    #7
    cheers!
     
  8. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    #8
    Clearing Bookmarked Site from Address Bar

    The method you reposted will work to clear the search history from Safari, but it will not clear pages that are bookmarked.

    Try it out. Do a Google search using Safari to find two sites you haven’t been to before. (I searched for dog show.). Go to those two sites and bookmark one. (I bookmarked dogshow.ca, but not westerndogshows.com.) Then clear Safari’s history, cookies and cache using the method you describe.

    When you reopen Safari you will find that all history has been erased from the address bar except for the bookmarked site. If you start typing d-o-g in the address bar, the site’s URL (dogshow.ca) will show up. If you type w-e-s-t you get nothing.

    The only way to get rid of dogshow.ca is to erase the bookmark before clearing the history/cache/cookies.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

    danielsan1701

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    #9
    For those not wanting to lose site logins and such, this method does work with out clearing cookies.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2008
    #10
    Won't Bookmarks -> History -> Clear do the trick?
     
  11. macrumors 6502

    vrflyer

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2008
    #11
    No, he's talking about the SEARCH function which totally different than "x" website visited.;)
     
  12. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2008
    #12
    For Pete's sake...

    Just go to Safari, click on the Bookmarks icon at the bottom, to go History, and in the bottom left click Clear. There. Done. Simple.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    #13
  14. macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2008
    Location:
    London
    #14
    I see what you did there! :D
     
  15. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Location:
    Deployed atm
    #15
    if you want to clear your google searches also, go to google.com>preferences>then erase all data entries. Then you also have a check box to never remember.
     
  16. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2010
    #16
    How delete iPhone search History…including the searched words.

    1. Open Safari, at the bottom of your screen tap bookmark icon and clear the bookmarks
    2. From the home screen, go to settings, Safari, clear History, Cookies and Cache.
    3. From home screen, settings, General, Reset, Reset Keyboard Dictionary, Reset Dictionary.
    4. Done:)
     
  17. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    #17
    Help

    Well I'm doing all that but it's not working, unless "verify search history is gone" means doing something. I don't really know and need help
     
  18. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    #18
    After performing the 9 steps as already detailed by other posters, do the following:

    10) Open safari
    11) Go to www.google.com or www.google.co.uk
    12) Enter 'any letter' into the search bar, without hitting 'search.' This should cause drop down menu of previous searches and suggestions
    13) Hit 'Clear History,' found at the bottom left of this drop down menu.
    14) Perform steps 10-12 to confirm clearance of search history

    (I presume this is the issue that people are complaining about when they say that safari history is not being cleared)
     
  19. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    #19
    Works!!!

    http://tiny.cc/Jw1 :) Thank you so much MBHockey! It worked great! Other sites just tell me to clear history/cookies/cache :)o) and it didn't work. Thanks for so detailed instructions!!!:cool: :) no more :(s
     
  20. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    #20
     
  21. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
  22. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2011
    #22
    To delete the google searches on mobile version
    1.go on to safari 2.go on to google 3.click on settings.4.click clear saved searches 4.if you never want youelr google searches to be saved again click off
    on save recent searches
    HOPE IT HELPED
     
  23. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    #23
    Is there anyway to deleted the histoy of the search function of the actual phone like when you click the bottom button twice in a row? Deleted texts still show up there if you search a persons name...
     
  24. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2011
    #24
    How to Permanently Delete Internet History

    Hello,
    I read your post and really you have done a great job this is the best way to permanently delete history but i have something to recommend you to same problem of History, someone recommend me to visit http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Permanently-Delete-Internet-History&id=4996538 this site when i visit this it attract me and i get this from this site its really good for my PC.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    #25
    easier way

    1.safari
    2.bookmarks
    3.history
    4.clear (on the bottom)

    :):D
     

Share This Page