How to delete iPhone Safari search history? Help..

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

  1. xply macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2007
    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. ballen420 macrumors 6502

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


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    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. xply thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2007
    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. jkd19 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2008
    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. sj.iphone macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    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. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
  8. sj.iphone macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    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, but not 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 ( will show up. If you type w-e-s-t you get nothing.

    The only way to get rid of is to erase the bookmark before clearing the history/cache/cookies.
  9. danielsan1701 macrumors newbie


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

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


    Jul 15, 2008
    Suburb of Columbus
    No, he's talking about the SEARCH function which totally different than "x" website visited.;)
  12. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    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. techway macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
  14. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    I see what you did there! :D
  15. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

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

    Jul 3, 2010
    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. Barboosh macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011

    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. ringham33170 macrumors newbie

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

    10) Open safari
    11) Go to or
    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. Jackson1442 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    Works!!! :) 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. Jackson1442 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
  21. Pickle666 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2011
  22. ziddon macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    To delete the google searches on mobile version
    1.go on to safari 2.go on to google on clear saved searches 4.if you never want youelr google searches to be saved again click off
    on save recent searches
  23. Danmc1309 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    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. Glenndrew macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2011
    How to Permanently Delete Internet History

    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 this site when i visit this it attract me and i get this from this site its really good for my PC.
  25. erinnx macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2012
    easier way

    4.clear (on the bottom)


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