How to clear the history on an iPad

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How to clear the history on an iPad
Empty every browser installed on your iPad. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

As well as freeing up disk space, which will be useful if you own a low-memory model, clearing the browsing history on your Apple iPad will remove the possibility of anybody else that uses your tablet stumbling across sites you'd rather people didn't know you frequent. If you're in the habit of using more than one browser on your slate, be sure to purge each one you have installed.

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    Tap the "Settings" icon on your home screen.

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    Scroll down to and select "Safari" in the Settings menu on the left-hand side of your display.

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    Tap "Clear History" under the Privacy section of your Safari menu. When asked if you're sure you want to empty your tablet's browsing history, hit "Clear." You'll also have the option to clear your cookies and Internet data here if you wish to do so.


  1. 1

    Locate your Chrome for iOS browser if you've downloaded it from the App Store. If it's not on your home screen, swipe left to browse through the apps installed on your iPad.

  2. 2

    Open Chrome and tap the "Option" button in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

  3. 3

    Select "Settings" and then "Privacy." Here you'll be presented with options to clear your browsing history, cache and cookies and site data. You'll also have the option to remove all Chrome data in one fell swoop. You'll be prompted to confirm your decision once you've decided which option to go for. Tap "Clear" to go ahead and wipe the data you want to remove.

    Opera Mini

  1. 1

    Locate the Opera Mini browser on your iPad and open it.

  2. 2

    Tap the "O" icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen and select "History." You'll be presented with a list of all the sites you've visited using the browser.

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    Hit "Clear all" at the bottom of the History window. When asked if you'd like to go ahead and clear your browsing data, tap "Yes." You can clear other data by going to "Settings" after tapping "O" and selecting "Privacy" from the menu presented.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use Safari to browse privately. Go to "Settings," then "Safari" and toggle the "Private browsing" switch to on. Once you've done so, no record will be kept of the websites you visit when you use the browser.

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