At some point of your iPhone life you may feel the need to clear all traces of browsing and other activities. It can be related to your desire to give away the phone to your mom, because you have already bought a new one, or you can simply be sick and tired of keyboard dictionary keep insisting that it knows what you intend to write better. This article will help you to deal with different aspects of how to clear history on iPhone.
The guide will help you to get rid of old browsing history in the most popular browsers (Safari, Chrome and Opera), to manage your calls records and conversations and to reset your keyboard history.
The tips given below will help you to clear information on iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus. They work for devices on iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9.
How to clear browsers history, cookies, Google searches on iPhone
While you are surfing through the Internet more and more cache, browsing history, cookies and other information such as your Google searches is saved on your iPhone.
It may occasionally result in you experiencing problems with visiting or using some websites because of outdated cache that resides on your phone. You may also be concerned about your privacy after reading some scary stories about cookies files tracking your activities. Whatever the reason, you may want to clear all the information left after your browsing from time to time. Let's see how it can be done for the most popular mobile browsers.
How to clear browsing history, cookies and search history from Safari
Note that after the actions all history and website data will be deleted.
Make sure that Safari is completely shut down. Swipe it up from multitasking screen if it is still working in the background. Go to Settings. Scroll all the way down to the Safari tab and tap it. For iOS 9 and 8 scroll down to the Clear History and Website Data option and use it. Confirm your decision. For iOS 7 there will be two separate options Clear history and Clear Cookies and Data. Choose one or use both of them.
There is an alternative way to clear the Safari History. Launch the browser, tap the bookmarks icon at the bottom of the screen and choose the History tab. Tap clear button and confirm the action.
How to clear history, cookies and searches from Opera
There is an easy and quick way to clear the information from Opera. Open the Opera app. Go to the Settings menu. Proceed to the Privacy tab. Here you will find a built-in solution to clear browsing history and cookies.
How to clear history, cookies and searches from Chrome
Open Google Chrome. Find the icon with 3 horizontal lines at the top of the screen and tap it. Go to the Settings menu. Scroll down and tap the Privacy tab. There you will find the following options: Clear Browsing History, Clear Cache and Clear Cookies, Site Data. If you want to clear all the mentioned information at once, simply tap the Clear All option. The system will ask you to confirm your decision. That's it.
How to clear history of your call records on iPhone
The procedure of clearing call records on any iPhone is easy. You need to go to Phone and choose the Recents tab. You will see all your recent calls on the Screen. Tap edit option at the top of the screen. Red circles will appear beside every call record. Use them to delete individual calls from the list. Tap one of the circles and delete option will appear to the right of the line. Confirm your decision and the record is gone. If you want to clear all the history at once, you need to tap Edit and then use the Clear option located at the top left part of the Screen.
How to delete your conversations
First of all go to Messages. If you want to delete an entire conversation tap edit. Red circles will appear near each and every conversation. Use the circle next to the conversation to delete it.
If you want to save the conversation and to clean only some messages in it, go to the conversation from the Messages screen. Apply long tap to a piece of conversation you want to erase and select the More option. You will get a series of circles corresponding to pieces of conversation. Choose pieces you want to delete by putting check marks into the circles next to them. Hit the trash can icon located at the bottom left corner of the screen and confirm the action. The messages you wanted to delete are now gone.
How to reset the keyboard history
Here is a simple guide how to set your iPhone keyboard dictionary to default. It will be useful if the dictionary has learned many misspelled words. Or if starting from this very moment you want your phone to collect a dictionary of words relevant to your current style of writing and be more accurate with word suggestions.
Go to the Settings app. Tap on the General tab. Scroll down and proceed to the Reset option. Choose Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Confirm your decision and your keyboard history will be erased.
Bonus Tip: How to use private browsing on iPhone (Safari)
Safari is set to save your browsing history by default. It is designed like that to allow you to use the information on your other Apple devices (through iCloud Tabs). To prevent browsing history saving and to disable cookies, auto-fill forms saving you can turn on the Private Browsing mode.
Open your Safari browser. Press show pages icon located at the bottom right corner of the screen. Choose the Private option (bottom left corner) and tap Done. Feel free to continue browsing with Private mode turned on.
Now you know how to clear different types of history gathered on your iPhone. Use the tips whenever you feel it's time to.
Do you have some "browser clearing routine" you adhere to once in a month or two to keep your privacy secured and avoid bugs? Tell us about it in the comments section below.