How to Wipe Your Browsing History Automatically in Safari on Mac

Apple Mac Safari logo

Your browser records all your web activity. Therefore, for added privacy, it’s best to regularly clear your browsing history. Safari on your Mac can take care of this for you and automatically wipe your history every once in a while. Here’s how to set it up.

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

Next, click “Safari” from the left corner of the menu bar and select “Preferences.” Alternatively, you can press Cmd+comma on your keyboard to head directly into this menu.

Visit Safari's preferences on macOS

Under the “General” tab, locate the “Remove History Items” option.

MacOS Safari general settings

From the dropdown beside it, you can select how often Safari should delete your browsing history. You can have it cleared as frequently as every day or every year.

Automatically remove browsing history on Safari macOS

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

If you prefer reviewing your browsing history before clearing it, you can choose “Manually” from the dropdown and periodically erase your web activity from Safari yourself.

At the bottom of the “General” section, you’ll also find a separate setting called “Remove download list items.” With this option, you can configure Safari to automatically remove the list of files you downloaded (but not the files themselves).

Remove download list items on Safari settings

You can have them wiped after a day, as soon as you quit Safari, or when the download is unsuccessful.

Automatically remove download list items on Safari macOS

Enabling these won’t affect your Safari browsing data on other Apple devices such as an iPhone or an iPad. As of yet, the options to automatically wipe your browsing history and the download list are not available on Safari’s iOS and iPadOS apps.

There’s a lot more you can do for a more secure experience on Safari, including browsing in incognito mode by default and optimizing it for maximum privacy.


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