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How To Delete Cookies And Clear Web History in the iPad Safari Browser


Removing Cookies And Web History on the iPad

It is a common practice for websites to put a 'cookie', which is a small piece of data, on your browser to store information. This information can be everything from a username to keep you logged in on your next visit to data used to track your visit to the website. If you've visited a website you don't quite trust and want to delete your cookies from the iPad's Safari browser, don't worry, that's a pretty simple task. You can also clear your web history, so the iPad itself won't know where you have been browsing.

  1. First, you need to go to the iPad's settings.  (Get help getting into the iPad's settings.)
  2. Next, scroll down the left-side menu and choose Safari.
  3. Touch "Clear History" to delete all records of which websites you have been to on the iPad. You will be prompted to confirm your choice.
  4. Touch "Clear Cookies and Data" to delete all cookies from the Safari browser. Again, you will be prompted to confirm this decision.

Did you know you can enable private browsing on the iPad to keep sites from showing up in your web history? Find out how to browse the iPad in privacy mode.

Note: When you are browsing in privacy mode, the top menu bar in Safari will be a very dark gray to let you know you are in privacy mode.

Do you want to clear cookies from a specific website?  

Clearing cookies from a specific website is helpful if you are having issues with a single website, but you don't want all of your usernames and passwords cleared from all the other websites you visit.  You can delete cookies from a specific website by going into the Advanced settings at the bottom of the Safari settings.

  1. In the Advanced tab, choose Website Data.
  2. If it isn't on the first page, you can choose 'Show All Sites' to get the full list.
  3. To delete a website's data from this page, you will need to be in edit mode. To get into edit mode, tap the Edit button at the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. In edit mode, a red circle with a minus sign appears to the left of the website. Tap this icon and a red delete button will appear to the right of the name to confirm your choice. Tap the delete button and all cookies and data stored from this website will be deleted from the iPad's Safari browser.

What else can you do in the iPad's Safari settings?

Note: The image in this article reflects the settings in iOS 7.0.  However, the directions for clearing cookies and web history should be the same in previous versions of the iPad's operating system.

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