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How to Clear Safari Cache, History and Cookies on Mac

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How to Clear Safari Cache, History and Cookies on Mac

You might want to delete Safari’s history, cache, and website data on a Mac to prevent others from seeing what you’re browsing. Removing this helps make the browser responsive. This is also useful when Safari lags or takes a long time to load web pages. Steps to delete website data from Safari on macOS are easy. Let’s see how.

Consequences of Removing Safari History and Website Data

  • Recorded webpage visited was deleted.
  • The list of frequently visited sites is also deleted.
  • This can reduce tracking by a website. (good thing)
  • You may have left the website.
  • Blocked or permitted location access records, notifications, etc. Also reset. So, if you visit the website, it
  • will again ask for your permission for this.
  • Download list deleted. (The file that was downloaded is actually not.)
  • If you have multiple Apple devices synchronized via iCloud, the changes will reflect all.

How to Clean Safari History on Mac

You can choose to delete all history in a few clicks. Or choose to delete them by date or by certain pages. Let me show you how.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on History from the top menu bar.
  3. Click on Clear History.1
  4. The drop-down menu will display all history. Click on it if you want to choose other options, like last hour, today, today and yesterday.
  5. Finally, click Clear History.2

How to Delete Certain Web Pages from Safari History on Mac

  1. Open Safari.
  2. From the top menu bar, click on History.
  3. Click on Show All History.3
  4. You will see the Last Day Visited and other dates. Right-click on one and then select Delete.4
  5. Or, click the little triangle arrow to open.5
  6. Next, right-click on one page and select Delete.

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How to Clean Safari Cache on Mac

Cache is like a web page snapshot. When you revisit the same page, your browser loads this saved snapshot (or a portion of it) first, instead of retrieving it again from the internet. This ensures you have a fast experience.

However, too many cache files can make your overall browser slow. Sometimes, this can serve you a version of the web page that is not updated. To fix such problems, you might need to periodically clear the cache. Here’s how to do it for Safari on macOS.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Safari next to the Apple logo.
  3. Click on Preferences.7
  4. Click on Advanced.8
  5. Check the box for the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.9
  6. Now click on Develop from above.
  7. Finally, click on Empty Caches.10

Although you will not see a confirmation or a pop-up, the cache cleaning process will be successfully started and completed in the background.

How to delete Safari cookies on a Mac

Cookies are small data packages that store websites on your device. This helps the site know that you are visiting again. (If this is your first visit to iGeeksBlog, you might have seen a black banner at the bottom asking for your cookie permission.)

When you delete website history and data, cookies are also deleted. However, here’s how to delete cookies (cache, etc.) separately. And even obstruct them.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on Safari from the top menu bar.
  3. Click on Preferences.11
  4. Click on Privacy.12
  5. Check the box to Block all cookies. Next, click on Block All. This will disable it for all future websites. Existing website cookies and data will also be deleted. However, blocking cookies can give you a bad browsing experience, and some sites may not load or function properly.

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6. To delete individual cookies, click Manage Website Data.

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7. Next, click the website and then click Delete.

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8. Finally, click Done.

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This is how you can delete Safari on Mac.

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