Apple Safari is a popular web browser by Apple Inc. preinstalled on macOS and iOS/iPadOS devices. To reset the browser, clear the data from Safari’s Settings menu on your devices. Safari allows you to delete cookies, cache, and browsing history. You can even use Empty Cache under Develop menu on Mac, and Reset Device Settings for iPhone or iPad.
There is no dedicated setting within the browser to reset or restore the original default. However, we can manage the site data, which will help reset the browser and fix any issues.
The following guide will help you to reset Safari on Mac and iPhone or iPad devices. Resetting involves manually removing the data from the browser.
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Reset Safari on Mac
As mentioned, the Safari browser has no option or feature to reset the browser to its original. Instead, we can clear the saved or stored data from the app. It will ensure that any browser-related issues are ironed out.
Delete Website Data
Safari on macOS keeps a record of all the sites we visit; it also stores the data, such as cookies and cache, which helps enhance the user experience by keeping us signed in and loading the page faster. However, this data can get outdated, leading to issues; hence clearing the website data is recommended and part of the reset process. Here are the steps:
- Open the Safari browser app on your Mac computer.
- Click on the Safari menu from the menu bar and select the Settings option.
- Switch to the Privacy tab and click on the
- Hit on the
command and then the button.
It will immediately empty the browser storage with cached files and site cookies. It’s probably the most effective way to clear out the junk collected over time.
Empty Cache from Develop menu
File cache is one of the browser caches stored in Safari that the Manage Website Data option can clear. However, a few other caches are stored in the browser, like the DNS cache, which needs to be empty from the developer settings. Here are the steps to follow:
- Launch the Apple Safari on your Mac.
- Click on the Safari menu, and select the Settings sub-menu.
- Switch to the Advanced tab and enable the check box for the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.
It will enable a new Develop menu in the Safari menu bar.
- Click on the Develop menu on the menu bar and select Empty Caches from the drop-down menu.
It will ensure that all the cache is flushed and the browser is completely free of obsolete data.
For resetting Safari on Mac, you should clear the website data, flush the cache, and remove browsing history to yield the best results.
Reset Safari on iPhone or iPad
Like Mac, Safari on iPhone or iPad has no Reset option. We again need to clear the data from the device manually.
Delete Website Data
You can wipe out Safari’s browsing data from the device settings app. It will reset the browser by removing cache, cookies, and stored browsing history. Here are the steps:
- Launch the iPhone or iPad Settings app on your device.
- Select Safari in settings and scroll to the bottom to choose the Advanced option.
- Tap on the Website Data option.
It will display the list of all websites and corresponding data.
- Tap on the
- Confirm to clear the website data.
It will remove the browsing history log, cookies, and cache data stored in the Safari browser.
After clearing the cookies and cache, you must sign in with your online accounts and find pages loading slowly in the first few instances.
Clear Browsing History
When we use the Remove All Website Data option, it sometime might not remove all the history logs. In such cases, we can manually check in the History tab and even clear the browsing history. Follow these steps to reset the complete Safari browser history:
- Launch the Safari app on your device.
- Tap the Bookmarks on the menu bar and switch to the History tab.
- Tap the
command on the History page.
- Select the Time Range as All Time option.
The browsing history and other site data will be removed entirely from the Safari browser. It will also ensure that no data is available in the browser.
Reset iPhone Content and Settings
If the above methods don’t fix your problem, you might need to reset your device completely. Resetting the device is time taking process and will reset the Safari settings to the original defaults.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the General settings, and scroll to the bottom to select the Transfer or Reset iPhone option.
- Tap on Erase All Content and Settings command.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the factory reset of the device.
After the reset, the iPhone or iPad will automatically restart and ask to set up as an unboxed device. Sign in with your iCloud account to restore the data and settings.
The browser reset often helps resolve significant issues like pages not rendering or Safari errors caused due to misconfiguration. Resetting the Safari browser is a cumbersome process. It involves manually deleting each stored data from the browser.
If you are having any issues with your Safari, you should first consider trying basic web browser troubleshooting methods before proceeding to reset the browser. Reset should be considered as a last option only if nothing else works.
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