All Devices Safari Displaying Search History

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macrumors 68020
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I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to disable search history results from displaying when I’m typing a web address into the Safari address bar. To test, I searched “f***”. Now, whenever I hit the letter “f”, I see the word “f***” in the search results under the address bar. I’ve tried disabling smart search and a bunch of other things. Is there a way to make it so safari doesn’t display anything as I’m typing an address?
 

ApfelKuchen

macrumors 68040
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You could try Settings > Siri & Search > Suggestions in Search - maybe that'll do what you want, maybe not.

As to search results, do you really just search on "f" with no other letters afterwards? That's hardly an efficient search. Even if you were searching for a term like "fuel cell" or "furnace," "fu" would be an inefficient search. So unless you're regularly searching for a name like "Fucile" (Tony Fucile, a Disney animator), by the third letter of your search term, you shouldn't be seeing the f-word any more. And you could also spend some time "teaching" Search that you're more interested in France, or finance, or factories than you are in...

Search will quickly figure out that you have other interests.
 

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macrumors 68020
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You could try Settings > Siri & Search > Suggestions in Search - maybe that'll do what you want, maybe not.

As to search results, do you really just search on "f" with no other letters afterwards? That's hardly an efficient search. Even if you were searching for a term like "fuel cell" or "furnace," "fu" would be an inefficient search. So unless you're regularly searching for a name like "Fucile" (Tony Fucile, a Disney animator), by the third letter of your search term, you shouldn't be seeing the f-word any more. And you could also spend some time "teaching" Search that you're more interested in France, or finance, or factories than you are in...

Search will quickly figure out that you have other interests.
Is already disabled.

I’m not searching anything, I’m testing the system. I searched “f***” once and now if I type the letter “f”, it shows “f***” as I’m typing.

If my niece is on my iPad, she’ll see “f***” when she starts typing something with the letter “f”. That’s not an intelligent system. Doesn’t seem to be a way to disable it and having to teach my computer is not an efficient method, nor is it foolproof.
 

ApfelKuchen

macrumors 68040
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We all have our own definitions of intelligent. I appreciate that search "learns" from me. It often saves me time.

On the other hand, I don't appreciate that Google serves-up ads based on what it's learned, but I do appreciate why businesses like that Google does it.

From my perspective, the occasional need to make search un-learn something is outweighed by the day-to-day benefits.

and if you're really concerned about a child having free reign of an adult's iPad... Turn on Content & Privacy restrictions before you hand the thing over to her.
 

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macrumors 68020
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We all have our own definitions of intelligent. I appreciate that search "learns" from me. It often saves me time.

On the other hand, I don't appreciate that Google serves-up ads based on what it's learned, but I do appreciate why businesses like that Google does it.

From my perspective, the occasional need to make search un-learn something is outweighed by the day-to-day benefits.

and if you're really concerned about a child having free reign of an adult's iPad... Turn on Content & Privacy restrictions before you hand the thing over to her.
A learning search engine is great, but not pertinent to this situation since it wouldn’t solve the issue in the original post. This is not an adult iPad, but rather a communal iPad. There should be a way to prevent history from displaying publicly.

Additionally, content and privacy restrictions do not remedy this in any way. You’ll still see “f***” with c+p turned on.

Lastly, content and privacy restrictions help prevent content from being served, but it’s not an end-all solution to monitoring a child’s content. Not really trying to get in a debate over correct and incorrect methods of youth restrictions.
 
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papbot

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And you could just clear history every time you’re done. That may do what you want. Or always use a private tab for your searches, that also might work.
 
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