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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 on Mac and iPhone/iPad? Learn how to remove this section from the home screen layout.

Launching the Safari browser displays several sections like Favorites, Frequently Visited, Privacy Report, etc., on its start page. However, not every stuff on the start page is useful. Hence, Safari allows customizing these sections on iPhone and Mac computers. Using the Customize Start Page options, we can quickly turn off and remove the Frequently Visited from the Safari browser.

Remove Frequently Visited section from Safari browser

The web browser records all the sites we visit on the History page. The Safari browser also has these browsing history records, and they used it to create a section on the Start page known as Frequently Visited.

The Frequently Visited has the entries of the website links you often visit. One easy way to stop these browsing history records is to use the private browsing mode.

Alternatively, you can also clear the browsing history from the Safari browser for the selected time range. The clearing history record option is available on Mac and iPhone/iPad devices.

Perhaps, it is even better to turn off the Frequently Visited section from the start page. The Safari start page customization button can enable or disable the section per our needs. It will avoid the extra burden of frequently clearing history or browsing privately.

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Note: Any changes made on Safari’s Start page in either device – Mac or iPhone will sync with other connected devices signed in with the same Apple ID or iCloud account. If you turn off Frequently Visited on a Mac computer, the Safari browser on iPhone will also hide the section.

Disable Frequently Visited on Mac

Here are steps to remove the section of the frequently visited site from the Safari Mac start page:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on the Mac computer.
  2. Open a New Tab to view the Safari 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 homescreen or Safari start page.

Get Rid of Frequently Visited on Safari iPhone

Here are the steps to turn off Frequently Visited on Safari for iPhone:

  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. Toggle off the button for the Frequently Visited option.
    Frequently Visited Toggle button on Customize Start Page Safari iPhone

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

Bottom Line

The Safari browser 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 pop-out the sites they often visit for privacy reasons. Hence, we can easily hide the sections from Safari using the customization option on the Start page. It will immediately disable the section and remove it from the launch screen.

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

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

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

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