Why it is not possible to delete?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by Dr.SL, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. Dr.SL macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2017
    Before iOS 11 update I deleted all my browsing history and cookies. After the update I found Google in the website data and it is not possible to delete it. (Google is not my default search engine). Any idea what's up?

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well there is no data there so it’s been deleted, google is apples default search engine in safari so i’d Imagine that’s why you can’t delete it.
  3. Dr.SL thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2017
    OK, seems plausible, but I wonder why Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo are not in...?
  4. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    Because google is the best?
  5. Dr.SL thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2017
    Good..... joke!
  6. niji, Sep 21, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2017

    niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    this is not correct.

    if you delete the data, it would stop appearing there. that is the normal behavior.
    however, in the OP case he has noticed that that that one website's data can not be deleted. its virtually undeletable.

    i have one site as well that i delete but it reappears immediately just like the OP.
    in my case its not google. its a vietnamese website that i did visit one time.

    i also want to know what kind of supercookie is at work here that is preventing it from being able to be deleted.

    there is also the case it seems that if the site is being visited to pull in data (such as a weather.com site) then that data is also not deleted as well. but in that case there is probably a widget or other app that has been given permission to pass data such as location tracking permission so it is instantly again appearing.

    but thats not the case at all in my vietnamese example above.

    however, i found the way to delete it.

    here is a copy and paste from Drocmirage who posted this on apple's support forum.

    by Drocmirage Apr 20, 2017 10:08 AM
    Hi there I am not sure how old this post is but I have the solution. It's very particular about the steps you take, so follow each step. I own an iPhone7 iOS 10

    1. Set cookies to allow

    2. Make a list of all the websites that won't erase from your website data.

    3. Visit each site (on safari) doing the following steps.

    4. Once you have safari open with the website that is storing data on your device, leaving the window open (press home screen button)

    5. Open: settings>safari>advanced>website data

    6. Swipe the current website that is open in safari

    7. Delete

    8. Click back twice

    9. Double click home screen button and close safari first then close your settings window

    10. Repeat steps for remaining website data stored on your device
  7. Dr.SL thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 10, 2017
    On iPad I have also such leftovers, Google + 2 additional sites, but those are not search engines.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    This kind of thing was around in iOS 10 days as well as I recall.
  9. crookadile, Sep 21, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2017

    crookadile macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2013
    Rotherham South Yorkshire UK
    Definitely there in iOS 10. My site that won't delete is ebay.co.uk.

    Tried the solution that niji posted. Didn't work. ebay.co.uk is still there and won't delete.
  10. rjcchan macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2015
    i have about 20 of these in iOS10. I don't use Safari much so it could be worse. I am not going to webuyillinoishomesfast.com to try to delete it. I wonder how they ever got info on my phone since they are not "only sites that I visit".

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