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Get Rid of the ‘Frequently Visited’ section from Safari browser

Do you need to disable the 'Frequently Visited' section from the Safari browser? Learn how to remove this section from the home screen of Mac and iPhone/iPad.

The Safari browser displays several sections at the start, such as Favorites, Frequently Visited, Privacy Report, etc. However, it offers complete control over which section is displayed or hidden on the browser’s startpage.

We can turn off and remove the Frequently Visited section using the Customize options on Safari’s startpage. The changes are synced with all connected devices.

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Note: Any changes made to the start page in either device – Mac or iPhone will sync with other connected devices signed in with the same Apple ID. If you turn off Frequently Visited on the Mac, the Safari on the iPhone will also hide the section.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to disable the Frequently Visited section from the startpage of the Safari browser.

Disable the Frequently Visited in Safari on Mac

  1. Launch the Safari browser on the Mac computer.
  2. Open a New Tab to view Safari’s start page.
  3. Click on the Customize button in the bottom right corner.
    Start Page Customize button on Safari MacIt will display the list of sections that can be used for start page customization.
  4. Untick the checkbox for Frequently Visited from the list.
    Disable the Frequently Visited from Safari Mac Start Page

The frequently visited section will be immediately removed from the start page.

Hide the Frequently Visited in Safari on iPhone

Similar to Safari on Mac, we can customize the start page. Here are the steps to disable:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on iPhone/iPad.
  2. Open New Tab with the Safari start page.
  3. Tap the Edit button on the start page.
    Safari iPhone Customize Start Page Edit buttonIt will display the list of sections to customize the start page.
  4. Turn off the toggle switch for the Frequently Visited option.
    Frequently Visited Toggle button on Customize Start Page Safari iPhone

It will hide the section from the Safari browser’s home screen and won’t be visible even after relaunching the browser.

As mentioned, if both devices are signed-in with same iCloud or Apple account, disabling on any one device will sync the changes to Safari on other devices.

Bottom Line

The Safari browser has the option to display the frequently visited sites is based on our browsing history and website interactions.

It is a great accessibility feature, but a few users do not like display the sites they often visit for privacy reasons. Hence, we can easily hide the sections using the Startpage customize option.

Similarly, we can also disable the Privacy Report section and change the background image of the Start page from the same Customization options.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with 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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