How to Reset Safari Browser on iPhone iOS?

Learn how to reset the Safari settings and data from the iPhone or iOS. You can easily clear history, remove cache and cookies OR completely reset the phone.

Like most of the Apple products, iPhone and other Apple devices have Safari as the default browser. Safari was developed by Apple, specially designed for iOS and Mac OS devices. The browser uses the WebKit engine and has gone through several changes and upgrades over time.

Sometimes you may have noticed that your browser is slowing down, this is usually due to cookies, caches, browsing history, etc accumulated over the period. To fix such issues, you must reset the Safari browser periodically. Resetting Safari will wipe out all the cookies, caches, and browsing history.

However, there is no hard reset option built-in with the Safari. Therefore you will have to do it manually at different settings levels; you can either do it from your iPhone settings or from the Safari browser. Both of these methods work fine, and it will reset your Safari browser completely.

After you have manually reset Safari, you can have a fresh start. You can reset your Safari anytime, there is no set timeline. If you are concerned about your privacy, then you should reset the browser frequently, but it varies from person to person.

Related: How to Clear History, Cookies, and Cache from Safari iOS/iPadOS?

In the below article, I’ve mentioned various methods that you can use for resetting the Apple Safari browser on iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad.

How To Reset Safari on the iPhone?

iPhone does not allow you to uninstall and reinstall the Safari browser. It’s a pre-build app that’s loaded along with OS. So you need a different way to reset Safari on iPhone/iPad devices.

Reset Safari from iPhone Settings

If privacy is a major concern, then wiping out Safari data from storage is a good way. It will delete entire records and data stored within the browser.

You can wipe the enter browsing history, including cache and cookies from your iPhone settings app, clearing the History, and Data will reset the safari browser.

Here are the steps to reset Safari browser from the iPhone settings menu:

  1. Open up the iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and find the option Safari, tap on it.
    Safari Settings option
  3. Within the Safari tab, tap on the Clear History and Website Data option at the bottom of the Safari settings page.
    Clear History and Website Data from Safari iPhone
  4. Confirm the Clear History and Data prompt by selecting Clear command, and the Safari will be reset now.

This will remove the entire log of browsing history along with cookies and cache data stored in the Safari browser.

You have to sign-in to your online account once again since the cookies are cleared and the website does not identify you as an existing user.

Clear Safari History on iPhone

If you want to retain the current sign-in and data, then you can just delete the browsing history.

The safari browser settings allow you to clear the browsing history over the period of time. You can wipe the data from the last One hour to All-time browsing history.

Follow these steps to reset the browser history from Safari browser on iOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser app.
  2. Tap on the Bookmark open book icon icon located at the bottom-right of the screen.
    Safari iOS Bookmarks Tab
  3. In the Safari bookmark page, select the Clock icon tab to visit the History tab.
  4. Now, hit on the Clear option at the bottom.
    Clear History from Safari iOS
  5. Select the All time option from the drop-down list, and the Safari browser will be reset.
    Clear All time History from iOS

This will only delete the History from the safari browser. Based on your selection, whether you want to clear all-time data or just a few days, you can choose and remove from browsing history records.

Reset iPhone Content and Settings

This could sound very tiring as you have to take a complete backup of photos, videos, messages, etc. However, resetting your iPhone will also reset any system apps, which include the Safari browser.

If you’re worried about any third party web-based virus or malware like removing search marquis from Safari computer, then this is the best way to get rid of them.

Here are the steps for a complete reset of your iPhone device:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Navigate to the General settings tab.
    iOS General Settings
  3. Scroll down, you will see a Reset command option.
    Reset iPhone iOS from General Settings
  4. Choose the Erase All Content and Settings option.
    Erase All Content and Settings

This might take some time based on device data and storage occupancy.

Note: [proceed with caution] this option will also clear any personal data such as photos and videos, so make sure to take a backup first just in case if you want to retain it.

Bottom Line: Reset Safari Browser

Safari is a decent browser, but if history and other data are stored for too long on your device, it may ruin your browsing experience and become laggy.

Also, many third-party websites are installing cryptocurrency mining scripts into your browser. Which can make your iPhone comparably slow and vulnerable. I personally faced this attack where one of my computer engineer friends told me about such scripts.

Thanks to these methods, I was able to reset the Safari browser and all of such suspicious scripts along with it.

If you’re also facing any lag or performance issues while using the Safari browser on your iPhone, then you could fix it by following the above methods. Though I wouldn’t suggest the last method of complete device reset, unless necessary.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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3 Responses

  1. Nicola says:

    Beautiful article, thanks a lot for sharing it.

    I’m experiencing a weird issue and I was wondering if you could help me:
    I already cleared safari, documents and data, website, etc….several times, I backed up all on cloud…I cleared the cloud as well…restarted the device several times and still the storage is completely stuck and it doesn’t decrease at all.
    I erased all the files from “files app”, and the more I erase them the more safari “documents and data” raise.

    I’ve iOS version 13.7

    Any suggestion to clear safari storage would be most appreciated thanks!

  2. Mary Chua says:

    I accidentally deleted Safari. So I go to App to reinstall but there is no GET, only OPEN. When I open there is no Safari icon on my iPhone.

  3. Timothy says:

    Thanks I was pulling out my hair

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