How to Clear Your Internet History in Safari on Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac, macOS on 25/05/2017 by Chris Hauk

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While browsing the web in the Safari browser on your Mac, you occasionally may wander onto a page you wouldn’t be very proud to own up to. (Such as the website for the Power Rangers movie.) Luckily, there’s a way to cover your tracks. (And next time, use Private Browsing mode, OK?)

How to Clear Your Internet History in Safari on Your Mac

1.) While in Safari, click “Safari” in the menu bar.

How to Clear Your Internet History in Safari on Your Mac

2.) In the “Safari” menu, Click the “Clear History…” menu item.

3.) You’ll see a dialog box pop up that will warn you that, “Clearing history will remove related cookies and other website data.” It also warns, “History will be removed on other devices signed into your iCloud account.” So your history will also be cleared on any iOS devices you have logged into the same iCloud account. (It will also clear your browser cache.)

How to Clear Your Internet History in Safari on Your Mac

4.) Select how much of your browsing history you wish to delete. Options include: “the last hour,” “today,” “today and yesterday,” and “all history.” (Considering the websites you visit, you’d probably better just click “all history.”)

How to Clear Your Internet History in Safari on Your Mac

5.) Click the “Clear History” button.

6.) Enjoy your clean browsing history. (Oh, if only it were so easy for our real life histories…)

All joking aside, clearing your history, and the associated cookies and browser cache, can also help fix problems you might be having in Safari.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Author

Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.