How to reset the Safari browser on your iPhone in 2 different ways

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It’s easy to reset Safari’s data on your iPhone. K303/Shutterstock


It’s nice to get a clean start on Safari, but simply removing your Frequently Visited sites isn’t going to address privacy concerns if you have cookies stored, for instance.

Fortunately, it’s easy to reset all your browsing and history and settings.

Here’s two ways, one directly through Safari, and the other through your iPhone’s Settings.

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How to reset Safari on your iPhone through the browser

1. At the bottom of the Safari page, tap the icon that looks like an open book.

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You’ll need to open your Safari’s history to wipe it. Emma Witman/Business Insider

2. At the top of the menu that opens, tap the icon that looks like a clock.

3. Tap “Clear” at the bottom of the page. You’ll see options to clear your history, cookies, and other data for various time periods. Select “All time,” at the bottom.

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If you want a less extensive data wipe, you can always select a shorter time period than ‘All time.’ Emma Witman/Business Insider

How to reset Safari on your iPhone through the Settings app

1. Open the Settings app for iPhone.

2. Search for or scroll down to “Safari” and open it.

3. Tap “Clear History and Website Data” in blue near the bottom of the page.

4. A notification will pop up. Tap “Clear History and Data,” and wait a few moments while the iPhone processes your request. Once it does, all your data will have been cleared.

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You can’t undo it once you’ve cleared the data, so you do want to be sure before proceeding. Emma Witman/Business Insider

The button to clear your data will be grey while data is being cleared, then go back to blue when complete.

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