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Get Rid of ‘Top Hit’ in Safari on iPhone and Mac

Want to hide the 'Top Hit' suggestion in the Safari browser? Learn how to disable this feature from the Safari's Settings window.

The Safari browser displays the Top Hit when searching for any matching term or website in the address bar we visited in the past or saved as a bookmark.

Unfortunately, there is no explicit option to turn off this feature. The only way to stop Top Hit’s recommendation is to clear the stored site and browsing data and disable the Preload Top Hit option.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to hide the ‘Top Hit’ suggestions from the address bar in the Apple Safari app.

Removing the Top Hit from Safari on Mac

Top Hit feature in Safari browser

The Top Hit retrieves the site URL suggestion from the saved bookmarks/favorites, browsing history, and reading list. The Top Hit suggestion will be removed if you clear all these stored data. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Safari app on a Mac.
  2. Select History from the menubar options.
  3. Choose the Clear History… option under the History menu.
    It will open the Clear History dialog window.
  4. Select the date range from the drop-down as an all history option.
  5. Hit on the Clear History command button.
    Clear History from Safari MacOS computer

However, consider deleting your entire search history if you wish to take a more aggressive approach. Doing so will delete all the autocompleted URLs.

You can follow this guide to remove the bookmarks/favorites from Safari on Mac and manage the reading lists. Once you remove the site from the Bookmarks and Reading list, they won’t appear on the Top Hit.

To stop preloading Top Hits, visit the Safari Settings menu and switch to the Search tab. Disable the checkbox for Preload Top Hit in the background option.

Preload Top Hit in the background disabled in Safari browser

Disabling the Top Hit in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Similarly, we can also clear history, bookmarks, and reading lists from Safari on iPhone to stop Top Hit suggestions.

Turning off this feature is a two-leg process. It calls for disabling the Preload Top Hit feature and then deleting your browsing history, as outlined below:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select Safari from the list and go to its Search section.
  3. Within that, disable the Preload Top Hit toggle.
    Disable Preload Top Hit in Safari iOS iPhone
  4. Once that is done, go back to the Safari settings.
  5. Tap on the Clear History and Website Data options.
    Clear History and Website Data from Safari iPhone
  6. Confirm to Clear history and website data.

That’s it; combining both these tweaks should be enough to prevent the Top Hits from appearing in Safari’s search bar on your iPhone or iPad.

Bottom Line

The Top Hit is an accessibility feature that allows to us to choose the suggestion based on the history and saved bookmarks. However, if you do not wish to view the top hit suggestion, then you should clear the saved browsing data.

The Safari app should have the option to disable the Top Hit feature under the Search section, just like Preload Top Hit option.

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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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