How to clear the cache, history and cookies in Safari for iPad

by Ross McKillop on April 5, 2010

iPad Safari

In this brief tutorial I’ll show you how to clear the browsing history, the Safari cache and cookie files in Safari for the iPad.

  1. Select Settings from your iPad home screen.
  2. the settings icon on the ipad home screen

  3. Select Safari from the Settings column on the left. Towards the bottom of the Safari column you’ll see 3 buttons – Clear History, Clear Cookies and Clear Cache. Tap any of the 3 to perform that action.
  4. safari preferences for the ipad
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  5. You’ll be prompted with a confirmation window. Tap the Clear button.
  6. confirmation on clearing safari on the ipad

  7. Repeat the above steps until each item (cache, history and cookies) have been cleared.
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  • Kevin

    Doesn’t work. You can still arrow back through history after clearing the history in the “settings” menu.

  • John smith

    And also clear the Trash can in Mail. Or else have one delete function. Why do we have to delete each message twice?

  • Matt Taylor

    How do you clear email address history? When i compose an email and start typing in email address I get old email addresses popping up as an option to choose and it drives me crazy. Plus its the email addresses of my old girlfriend who I havent emailed in ages!! My new girlfriend thinks I saved it in my contactsbwhen in didn’t!

    Deleting email account doesn’t work!!! Clearing safari cache is not related to email and doesn’t work either. Apple ipad seems to have an additional cache or cookies for just email. application and there appears to be no way to clear it!

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  • http://Google Alina

    I had try 2 clear the history in my iPad as I’ve seen here but it’s not working it’s still there!

  • Charles

    After you clear the cache and the history in settings, turn the iPad off and on again and they are cleared.

    I wish this were unnecessary,

  • Jennifer

    Matt, according to Apple, there is no way to stop the old email addresses from coming up, unless you restore to a point before you ever used that email address. Apparently, it’s because of the auto complete function and they say there is no way to turn that off. You can go to the Apple website and submit suggestions, which I did. It would help if more than one person made the same suggestions. According to the tech people at Apple, they really use these suggestions to make changes and improvements to software updates. Maybe if we all submit these ideas we’ll see a change on the next software release.

  • Ann

    I sure hope this works cuz if it doesn’t, I will b stuck with embarrassing stuff!

  • Monique

    Hallo,
    Wat indien ik niet alle Cookies wenst te wissen, maar selectief?
    Soms is het nuttig om bepaalde Cookies veilig te stellen en dat je dan beter deze niet wist.
    Bestaat hier een werkwijze voor?

  • brent

    if our daughter clears the history,is there anywat we can track what shes been doing?
    shes 17 and getting herself in trouble.

    thank you in advance

  • http://RonaldHuck223@patriotactionnetwork.com R. Huckstep

    (How do you clear email address history? When i compose an email and start typing in email address I get old email addresses popping up as an option to choose and it drives me crazy. Plus its the email addresses of my old girlfriend who I havent emailed in ages!! My new girlfriend thinks I saved it in my contactsbwhen in didn’t!

    Deleting email account doesn’t work!!! Clearing safari cache is not related to email and doesn’t work either. Apple ipad seems to have an additional cache or cookies for just email. application and there appears to be no way to clear it!)

    I found that if you go thru old deleted emails and deleted the deleted files it will get rid of old auto fill addresses! Good luck!

  • S Magill

    How come my iPad2 only displays Clear History, Clear Cookies and Data ….clear cache?

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  • Ernesto Martinez

    Why do we have to go to a forum to try and get an answer hoping that one of my compratiates will have the correct answer. Some times there are several people waiting for the same answer. We pay goodmoney, where is the coustomer service?
    I am getting disgusted with the new piece of crap. I’m sorry to say that I have been a Mac driver since 1961. I now have a new complaint fat fingers.

  • http://www.simplehelp.net/ Ross McKillop

    As soon as I get my hands on an iPad 2, I’ll update the tutorial accordingly. Thanks!

  • jdr

    it only shows “clear history” and “clear cookies and data”, tried both (+restarting the iPad after force-closing safari) I still gotten an old webpage where I needed the new version (force-reloading the page on a desktop pc showed the right version there)

    So why doesn’t this iPad show the correct version of the website?

  • Dustin

    Your daughter is probably Hawt

  • S. Mangini

    I don’t know what a cache, history, and cookies are and what would I be clearing? I would like to know how I clear more than 1 e mail at a time.

  • J

    Ok, I figured it out folks.

    1. Connect the device (iphone/iPad) by the cable to your computer and open Safari on your computer.

    2. Go to settings on the device and find Safari, scroll to the bottom where it says Advanced, put web connector on.

    3. Now go to you Safari page on your computer, go to Safari preferences, and go to the Advanced menu. Select the box that says “show Develop Menu in menu bar.”

    4. Now you have two different ways to delete the cache/ address bar history. You can either:

    a. Go to the new develop menu on Safari (while still connected by cable) and find your device. Clear cache.

    Or

    b. Go to your device (doesn’t need to be connected anymore) to the website data mentioned above and it will give you ALL of the cache history. Delete what you want.

    Hope this helps!

  • sasori

    thanks :)

  • Carol

    Hi. I prefer to use Safari to go into Facebook, rather than the FB App. The layout is not as good in the app.
    My friend has used my laptop while we were holidaying together, to go onto her facebook, now I can’t get into my own Facebook through Safari.
    .
    I have cleared the history under settings, but when I go to safari and try to open FB , every time it opens to my friends page.

    I can’t see where she needs to log out. I can’t open mine in a new browser. It just keeps going to her page.

  • Joan

    When are you buying an iPad 2, I thought you hated Apple.

    Joan

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    Great for this article. Moreover, with PhoneClean you can easily remove junk files & clear private fata on iPhone including App Caches/Cookies/Temp files/Crash Logs, Photo Caches, Safari Cookies/Caches/History, and so on.

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