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How to Clear Your Browsing History Automatically in Safari on Mac



Apple Mac Safari logo

Your browser records all your web activities. Hence, for added privacy, it is best to regularly clear your browsing history. Safari on your Mac can take care of this for you and automatically clear your history every now and then. Here’s how to set it up.

Launch Safari on your Mac from the Launchpad or by looking it up in Spotlight.

Then click on ̵

6;Safari’ in the left corner of the menu bar and select ‘Preferences’. You can also press Cmd + comma on your keyboard to go directly to this menu.

Go to Safari preferences on macOS

Under the “General” tab, find the “Delete History Items” option.

MacOS Safari general settings

In the drop-down next to it, you can select how often Safari should delete your browsing history. You can have it removed as often as every day or every year.

Automatically delete browsing history in Safari macOS

When you enable this setting, Safari automatically clears logs of the websites you visit, your web searches, and more.

If you prefer to view your browsing history before deleting it, you can choose “Manual” from the drop-down list and regularly clear your web activity from Safari yourself.

At the bottom of the ‘General’ section, you’ll also find a separate setting called ‘Delete download list items’. This option allows you to configure Safari to automatically delete the list of downloaded files (but not the files themselves).

Delete download list items in Safari settings

You can have them erased after a day, when you exit Safari or when the download is unsuccessful.

Automatically delete download list items on Safari macOS

Enabling it will not affect your Safari browsing data on other Apple devices such as an iPhone or an iPad. Until now, the options to automatically clear your browsing history and download list are not available in Safari’s iOS and iPadOS apps.

You can do a lot more for a safer experience in Safari, including default browsing in Incognito mode and optimizing for maximum privacy.




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