Clear History and Website Data on an iPhone or iPad

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Clear the history and web data on your iPhone or iPad for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. Although cookies, cached images, history, and other personal web preferences make the overall browsing experience much more enjoyable, they still need to be cleaned once in a while.

Every time you visit a website, small files get stored in your web browser, known as cookies. Cookies help load pages quicker, as they store information about such things as; language preference, timezone, page theme, units, etc. Primarily, cookies are used to track website visitor activity to make the browsing experience more enjoyable.

Cached files and images are also part of your web data. Websites that use a lot of graphics and pictures in both their content and site design load much quicker when the images are cached. After some time, however, these files can add up and slow down your browser.

Your history, every page you visit, even if only for a moment, is stored in your browser as well. Unless you have your browser set up to delete your history after a specified interval automatically, it will continue to grow with time. When a site or page is saved in your history, you can access it quickly when typing out a fraction of the URL in your browser's address bar. However, similar to cookies and cached files, over time, this can slow down your web surfing.

In the following Visi tutorial, we're going to show how to clear your history and web data on an iPhone or iPad for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

For this article, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.4.

Clear History and Website Data in Safari for iPhone

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**PLEASE NOTE** If you have more than one device (iPad and iPhone) linked to the same iCloud account, the history and web data for every device gets deleted when you clear it on one of them.

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    Tap Settings.
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    Tap Safari.
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    Tap Clear History and Website Data.
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    Tap Clear History and Data.
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Clear Private Data in Firefox for iPhone

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    Tap the Firefox shortcut.
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    Tap the hamburger menu icon in the lower right corner, then tap Settings.
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    Tap Data Management.
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    Tap the toggle switch next to each data type you wish to delete, then tap Clear Private Data.
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    Tap OK when the dialog box appears.
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Clear Browsing That in Chrome for iPhone

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    Launch Chrome for iPhone.
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    Tap the horizontal ellipse icon in the lower-right corner, then tap Settings.
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    Tap Privacy.
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    Tap Clear Browsing Data.
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    Select each data type, thn tap Clear Browsing Data.
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    Tap Clear Browsing Data once again when the dialog box appears.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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