Deleted safari history

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ronaldos9, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. ronaldos9 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2018

    I accidentally deleted my safari history and I was logged in an online platform, I can't remember my password, and tried dozens of ways to get my password but nothing worked. I have the cookies/cache still there, as when I go to the website, it shows my login details and picture but requires the password which I don't remember.

    Is there a way I can login using the cookies/ or any other way to login back again?
    I don't have the time machine activated so this option won't work.

    also tried removing the history.db file but still nothing.

    Thanks folks
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    If you made and saved the password using Safari, go to Apps > Utilities > Keychain. Check the latest date entry and you should be able to find your site password.
  3. ronaldos9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2018
    Unfortunately I have't saved it using the keychain.
  4. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    I assume this happened on a Mac? Just a thought but if you are backing up with Time Machine you MIGHT be able to restore Safari from a time before the bad thing happened. I’ve no idea if it will work but if I were desperate enough I’d give it a try.
  5. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    OP states he was not using Time Machine, so that's out. We (in another forum) also suggested checking his Keychain app to see if the password was there, but like here he replied it was not there. I would say he is out of options.
  6. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    Duh... went back and reread the original post. There it was... no time machine. My bad. Agreed. The OP can only learn from this teachable moment.
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    I thought that Safari stored passwords in Safari Preferences>Passwords, so deleting History should make no difference?
  8. ronaldos9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2018
    Yeah seems that I haven't stored the password.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 18, 2018 ---
    Exactly. I thought there is a way to retrieve any passwords written on my Mac even tho It wasn't stored.
  9. Fishrrman, Mar 19, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018

    Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This is why one WRITES DOWN important passwords, or uses some kind of password manager (or other kind of storage file in which to keep them).

    Without the right password, you ain't goin' nowhere.

    A friend (who is a ham radio operator) writes his passwords down on a pad in Morse Code... ;)

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