How to clear Safari cache and cookies on iPhone or iPad

Like any other browser, Apple’s Safari allows users to clear all browsing data on all supported platforms (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac). Besides your browsing history, you can clear website data (cookies, cached images, individual site settings, etc.) while keeping AutoFill forms and passwords. Below, we’ll explain how to clear cache and cookies on Safari for iPhone and iPad.

How do I clear my browser cache and cookies in Safari?

Safari also provides you with the option to keep your browsing history and delete only cookies and website data. The procedure, in both cases, is rather simple. Have in mind that, by clearing browsing data, some websites would require entering your sign-in credentials again, while others might lose some of their functionality until you agree to the cookies policy.

Here’s how to clear Safari cache, history, and browsing data on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap Clear History and Website Data.

On the other hand, if you want to keep your browsing history but get rid of everything else, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Safari.
  3. Tap Advanced.
  4. Select Website Data.
  5. Tap Remove All Website Data.

While there, you can also ask Safari to block all cookies and configure content blockers. Although both (especially the latter) definitely limit the functionality of most third-party websites, you can do it to block ads, cookies, trackers, and the rest of the privacy-intruding tools out there.

Here’s how to block cookies on Safari:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap Block All Cookies.

If you run into a website that won’t let you sign in or doesn’t work with cookies being disabled, you can always allow them again. In addition, with the aforementioned content blockers (ad blockers), you can go a step further and block much more. Also, if you want to browse with more privacy and with no history saved, you can use Private Mode (Safari > New Page > Private).

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