How to Clear Browsing History on Safari Internet Browser (El Capitan)

We all care about privacy, don’t we? That is the main reason I do one thing on a regular basis ? clearing off the browsing history on Safari web browser. Another reason I do so is to free up disk space (just a little bit though, but I hate my Mac being stuffed with unneeded files).

Before we jump into the how-to part, just wanted to show some computer knowledge with you 🙂

What is web browsing history?

According to Wikipedia, it refers to “the list of web pages a user has visited recently and associated data such as page title and time of visit which is recorded by web browser software as standard for a certain period of time.

See? The key message here is that web browser software like Safari, Chrome or FireFox does record the pages you’ve visited and keep them forever unless you erase them.

What does that mean? These web browsing histories are basically traces that tell people where you’ve been and (what you’ve done). Hm, guess you don’t want other people to have access to the data, right? Of course, if you are not paranoid, that’s another story.

Okay, now back to the topic. How to clear your browsing history on Mac Safari? I’m going to show you two quick methods.

#1: Manually remove Safari history on Mac

Step 1: Open Safari web browser on your Mac. In the menu bar, click History, and then Clear History.

Step 2: In the new pop-up window, select “all history” and click “Clear History” button. Note: if you can also choose to clear history in the last hour, today, or today and yesterday.


Useful tip: in case you don’t know. If you are not used to cleaning history regularly, you can also open a private window (which I usually do on a friend’s or public computer). All browsing history in Private mode won’t be recorded.

#2: Clean Safari history using CleanMyMac 3

The CleanMyMac app is really amazing. I love it since I have it on my MacBook. The core functionality is its deep cleaning ? one of which is removing web browser junks.

To clear off Safari Browsing History, all I need to do is launch the app, move to the “Privacy” tab (on the left), then select “Safari”, and click the Remove button. That’s it.

Note: if Safari is running on your Mac, you’ll have to quit it before CleanMyMac cleans the history thoroughly.

That’s all what I want to share with you today. Hope you find the above tips helpful.

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