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Clear Site and Browsing Data from Safari browser on Mac

All web browsers accumulate static website files like images, CSS, and Javascript to load the site for frequent visits faster.

Even the Apple Safari browser stores these files and information. However, it can be stale and need more storage space. Hence, clearing the cache, cookies, and browsing history is recommended if required.

In this guide, I have shared written instruction about:

Clear the Browsing History

There are situations when you may have to use someone else’s computer in times of need. Likewise, you may also use a public computer in times of emergency. Knowing how to clear history is necessary in such conditions.

  1. Launch the Safari app on a Mac computer.
  2. Select History from the menubar options.
  3. Choose the Clear History… option under the History menu.
  4. This will open the Clear History dialog window.
  5. From the drop-down, select the date range that you want to delete.
  6. Hit on the Clear History command button to remove history from Safari.
    Clear History from Safari MacOS computer

This will clear all the browsing history from the apple safari browser on a Mac desktop or laptop. You can choose the date range like last hour, today, today, yesterday, and all the time.

Clearing the history will also delete related information like cookies, cache data, and other website storage from a computer.

Clear the Site Cookies and Cache

Cookies and cache are leftover data from a website. These are used to load the websites faster when we revisit them. However, it may take up a lot of storage space if not cleaned regularly and hamper your computer’s performance.

  1. Launch the Safari app on your Mac.
  2. Select Safari from the Menubar options.
  3. Choose the Preferences… option under the Safari menu.
  4. Switch to the Privacy tab within the Preferences popup window.
  5. Click and open the Manage Website Data… button.
  6. Select the Website, and hit on the Remove command button
    Clear cache and cookies for the website in Safari mac

This will clear the browser cookies and cache storage for the selected website from the Safari browser on macOS. If you want to delete the cache and cookies for all websites to date, hit the Remove All command button in step #6.

Bottom Line

Cache, cookies, and browsing history are generally used to record data of the websites we visit daily. After a significant amount of time, they may take up storage space to hinder the computer’s performance.

In such a case, it is always advised to clear these sets of data to ensure the smooth functioning of your computer.

Similarly, you can also clear cookies and cache data in Safari on iPhone or iPad. If your account is synced with iCloud, it will also remove the historical records from the computer browser.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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