How to Delete a Single URL From the History on an iPhone


Occasionally you may want to delete your iPhone's record of websites you have visited if, for example, you allow your spouse access to your phone and don't want to reveal that you've visited a particular gift-buying site. In such circumstances, you might not want to delete your entire browsing history, which would mean not being able to search later on to find a site you visited. Unfortunately, the iPhone's built-in browser Safari does not allow you to delete a single URL from your history. You can however delete all the entries relating to a particular website.

  • Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen.

  • Scroll down the screen to find the listing for Safari and tap this listing.

  • Do not click on Clear History, as this will delete all your browsing data. Instead scroll to the bottom of the Safari menu and tap "Advanced" then "Website Data."

  • Find the listing of the website concerned. Only the 10 sites you visit most often are listed by default. If the site you want isn't listed, tap "Show All Sites."

  • Tap "Edit" at the top of the screen and scroll to the listing for the site you want to delete. Click the icon of a white horizontal line in a red circle next to the site. Tap "Delete" to confirm.

  • Tap "Done" when you have finished deleting individual site histories. You can now either use the back arrows to work your way back to the main "Settings" menu or press the "Home" button to continue using your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can enable a private browsing mode that prevents your iPhone from keeping track of your browsing history. To enable it, tap "Settings" and "Safari" and use the slider switch next to "Private Browsing" in the "Privacy" section. The mode will remain active until you switch it off in the same menu.
  • If you are using a browser app other than Safari, check with the app developer for ways to delete some or all of your browsing history.
  • Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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