We all know the feeling. That sense of panic when you stumble upon a website or app that you don’t want anyone to know about. The issue is that the websites and apps we visit are stored in our phone’s memory, so even when we think they have been deleted, they still show up in the frequently visited list.
If you want to keep your browsing history private, then it’s time to start taking control of what shows up in your Frequently Visited list. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about removing frequently visited sites on iPhone – from how to delete them, to how to prevent them from appearing at all. We’ll also touch on some additional ways you can keep your iPhone secure and private.
- Why Your iPhone Keeps Track of Frequently Visited Sites
- How to Clear Your iPhone’s Browser History
- Deleting Frequently Visited Sites From Safari on Your iPhone
- Turning Off Frequently Visited Site Suggestions in Safari
- Using a Private Browsing Mode on Your iPhone
- Extra Tips: Delete Other Data on Your iPhone
Why Your iPhone Keeps Track of Frequently Visited Sites
If you’ve ever opened a web page on your iPhone, you may have noticed that it often shows up as one of the frequently visited sites. It’s no accident—your iPhone keeps track of the websites you visit in order to provide you with a better browsing experience.
But why does your iPhone do this? By tracking websites that you commonly access, your iPhone can store them in the cache and load pages faster when you access them again. It eliminates the need to continually re-enter website information or login credentials each time, saving you time and frustration.
Your iPhone also track frequent sites for another purpose: To learn about your browsing habits and serve up relevant content, such as articles and ads. For example, if you shop online for shoes often, then chances are that some shoe-related advertisements will start appearing in your browser pages.
So now that we know why your iPhone keeps track of frequent sites, let’s look at how to remove them from view if desired.
How to Clear Your iPhone’s Browser History
We all have our embarrassing moments online, so it can be helpful to clear out your browser history from time to time. Whether you want to watch a movie without saving that private Netflix tab in your history or keep certain sites you’ve visited private, clearing your iPhone’s browser history is an easy way to do it.
- Go to your web browser of choice—Chrome, Safari, etc.—on your iPhone and tap the “Menu” button. This is usually the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand side of the page.
- Tap “Settings” and then “Privacy & Security.”
- Scroll down and tap “Clear Browsing Data.”
- Select the data you want to delete, such as cache or cookies, and click “Clear data” at the bottom of the page. A confirmation message should appear if successful.
- Repeat this process for any other browsers on your iPhone where you’d like to delete frequently visited sites.
By taking a few minutes to clear out old data, you can give yourself peace of mind and make sure that no one else can access your browsing history!
Deleting Frequently Visited Sites From Safari on Your iPhone
One way to get rid of the sites you’ve frequently visited on your iPhone is to delete them right from the Safari app. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open up Safari and go to your frequently visited sites tab.
- Tap “Edit” in the top-right corner, then tap the minus icon that appears by each site you want to delete.
- This will bring up a dialog box with a delete option, tap it to confirm and the site will be removed from your frequent list.
- Once complete, tap “Done” in the top-right corner to save your changes.
This quick and easy process only takes a few seconds and allows you to keep your browsing history clean and organized, without having to worry about others seeing which sites you visit most often!
Turning Off Frequently Visited Site Suggestions in Safari
If you’re looking for a way to remove frequently-visited sites on your iPhone, it’s easy! All you have to do is turn off the “Frequently Visited Sites” suggestion feature in Safari. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app and select “Safari.”
- Scroll down and select “Frequently Visited Sites”
- Toggle off the switch next to “Frequently Visited Sites”
Once this setting is disabled, your iPhone will no longer display the frequently visited sites on Safari. This setting doesn’t delete any of your browsing history, so if you want to clear that out too, you’ll need to take an extra step and delete individual websites from your browsing history or clear it all out at once.
Using a Private Browsing Mode on Your iPhone
Removing frequently visited sites from an iPhone can be easily done by switching to a private browsing mode. It hides your browsing history, cookies, and other website data from anyone else who might use the same device. Private browsing mode also blocks certain website features, like commenting or autocomplete, so you won’t be able to use them while you’re in this mode.
Using a private browsing window on your iPhone is simple. Just follow these steps:
- Open up Safari on your home screen and find the tabs button in the lower right corner of the app.
- Tap the tabs button and select “Private” to open a private window.
- You should see a blacked-out background on the page that opens, which indicates that you are now in private mode.
- To exit private browsing mode, just tap “Done” in the upper left corner of the screen and it will take you back to your normal Safari window with all of your previously visited webpages still visible.
- Your history and other web data are no longer visible when you’re in private browsing mode; so if you want to remove frequently visited sites from your device, you can do so by visiting those sites in this mode and then exiting out when done.
Extra Tips: Delete Other Data on Your iPhone
There are a few extra things you can do to make sure that your frequently visited sites are gone for good. First, you should make sure to delete all of the cached data (history, cookies, etc.) associated with your web browser. This will make sure that all traces of your browsing activity on your phone is gone.
Next, you should also check to see if there are other apps that may have stored information related to the sites you were visiting. It is possible that some apps may have stored data about the pages you visited or even had cookies associated with them. To delete this info, open each app and go through their settings or privacy settings to see if there’s an option to delete data.
Finally, if you want to start from scratch and wipe out all of the information on your phone, then consider resetting it back to its original factory settings. This might be useful if there’s too much data on your phone and it’s starting to slow down or lag. Of course, don’t forget to back up all of the important information in case you need it later!