Your iPhone’s Safari Web browser saves a record of the websites you visit.
This can be a handy tool, particularly if you’ve already read something and want to return to it.
Our post will show you how to access Safari history on iPhone in a few simple steps.
How to See the Safari History on the iPhone 11
- Start Safari.
- Tap the book symbol at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the clock sign to view your history.
Below is more information on viewing your iPhone’s Safari history, as well as screenshots of these steps.
When you use the Web browser on your computer or smartphone without using a private browsing session, the browser retains your browsing history.
When iPhone users are concerned about the browsing history on their device, they typically desire to wipe it. That history, on the other hand, can be useful.
It can help you find an interesting article that you read but can’t remember the address for, or it can help you determine which store had the best cost on a product that you were looking at from a variety of retailers.
When you use your iPhone’s Safari Web browser, it saves a history of all the pages you visit.
Having this history makes returning to a previously visited page much easier, as you can access that history and simply tap on the page that you wish to visit.
Our guide will show you how to find and use your Safari iPhone history quickly.
Related: If your iPhone flashes when you get a text, then this iPhone flash notification article can help you out.
How to Find Your iPhone’s Safari History
The steps in this post were completed on an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.3.1. The identical techniques will work on the majority of other iOS versions and iPhone models.
If you’ve recently upgraded to iOS 16, your address bar may suddenly be at the bottom of the screen. In this situation, your screen may look different from the examples in the guide below. Yet, the buttons for accessing the past remain in the same places.
Step 1: Open the Safari web browser.
Step 2: At the bottom of the screen, tap the icon that looks like an open book.
Step 3: At the top of the screen, click the clock-shaped tab.
Now that you know how to access your iPhone’s Safari history, you can use it to find information that you previously viewed and wanted to double-check or share with someone else.
Your browsing history should now be visible. You can get to the page by tapping on one of the items in the list. Individual Web pages in this history can be erased by swiping left and pressing the Delete button.
The search history of your browser will be combined with the pages you’ve viewed. This means that the terms you typed into the search area at the top or bottom of the screen will also be shown.
Your search terms will display beside domains such as “google.com” or “bing.com” depending on the search engine you use.
Continue reading our tutorial below for more information on finding and using history data in the Safari browser on your iPhone.
Video About Viewing iPhone Safari History
Further Information about Checking Safari History on iPhone
It is crucial to understand that while using Private Browsing, Safari does not save your history for pages visited. To switch between regular and private surfing, tap the Tabs icon (two overlapping squares) at the bottom of the screen and select the Private option.
Safari, like other iPhone browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox, does not save browsing history. To see their history, you’d have to open those browsers.
Furthermore, erasing the Safari browsing history will only affect the Safari app’s browsing history. Unless you choose to erase the existing data for those browsers, the history menus of other browsers will remain accessible on your iOS device.
To clear your Safari history, go to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. This will also delete your cookies and log you out of any current accounts you are signed into.
When you delete Safari’s browser history, you will no longer be able to view Safari history for any previous browsing sessions. Safari will only reveal your online browsing history after it has been cleared.
If you haven’t already cleared Safari history, your browser history can be rather big. Typically, the device’s complete history is accessible for 30 days.
How to Search for Safari History on an iPhone
Looking through your iPhone Another exciting thing you can do with it is research safari history.
When you open Safari, click the book icon at the bottom of the screen, then click the History tab at the top of the screen, and you’ll see a “Search History” section.
When you tap inside that field and type a search query, a list of pages from your past with those search terms appears.
This is especially helpful if you remember a single word or term but can’t recollect where you saw it or the name of the website where you saw it.
If you have another browser loaded on your iPhone, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, it will also save history, which you may search through in the same way.
Frequently Asked Questions About iPhone History in Safari
How can I view the Safari history on my iPhone?
You may retrieve the history of all Web pages you’ve visited in the iPhone Safari Web browser by starting Safari and hitting the book symbol at the bottom of the screen.
Then, at the top of the window, click on the clock tab. This is your browsing history in chronological order. To see everything, you can either search through it or scroll down. Touching a location from your history will transport you there.
How can I see my whole Safari history?
When you select the book icon, and then the History tab in your iPhone’s Safari browser, the full Safari history that is available is displayed.
To view your whole history in the Safari software on a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, navigate to the History tab and select Show All History.
What is the lifespan of the iPhone Safari history?
The websites you view in the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch are kept for one month.
Safari history on a Mac is kept for a year.
How can you check the history on your iPhone?
You can access your history on your iPhone at any time by running Safari, selecting the open book button, and then tapping the History symbol to see a list of Web pages you’ve visited.
This history excludes pages viewed in Private tabs as well as those viewed in other Web browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
In Chrome, open the browser, tap the three dots in the bottom-right corner, and then tap the History button.
Launch the Firefox iPhone app, tap the three lines in the bottom-right corner, and then select the History option to display the history.
It’s crucial to note that the history displayed in your iPhone’s Safari browser differs from the history displayed in other phone browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Also, erasing the history in Safari does not clean the history in other browsers, and vice versa.
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