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5 Ways to View & Recover Deleted Safari History on iPhone/iPad

DoubtUser Concern

“I've cleared my Safari history recently but now I need find back one website I visited previously. I was just wondering whether there's any chance to recover deleted Safar history so I can access these sites again?”

Safari is the built-in web browser for iOS devices and Mac computers, which is widely used among Apple users. While searching the internet with Safari, it usually keeps the browsing history and bookmarks for picking up what has been read.

The Safari history is very important and helpful. What if you have accidentally deleted your browsing history or it is suddenly gone without a record?

Don't worry. You still have chances to get back the deleted Safari history. Keep reading to find out how you can recover deleted Safari history on iPhone without or without backup.

Part 1. Check Your iPhone for Deleted Safari History

Before you try any other methods listed below, first check your iPhone itself. The possible way of recovering your browsing history is to find them in Safari Website Data under Settings. Here's how to do it:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app. Scroll down to find Safari and tap on it.
  2. On the next screen, scroll to the bottom and tap on the "Advanced" option.
  3. Choose the "Website Data" and you'll view the domain of the deleted browsing history.

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Please note that this method will only show you the root domain of your visited sites. You won't be able to find a specific page you've viewed before. Also, this method only works as long as you don't clear cookies and history from Safari.

Part 2. Recover Safari History on iPhone without Backup (Recommend)

If there is no backup of your deleted Safari history, FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is highly recommended to you. As the World's 1st iPhone and iPad data recovery software, it has helped tens of thousands iOS users find the deleted or lost data. What makes it become so popular? The answer is its reliability and function.

It provides 3 recovery modes for users: Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud Backup, which means that it is powerful enough to scan deleted iOS data, preview almost all the content of iTunes/iCloud backup and download them on computer. The data types include messages, contacts, photos, videos, Safari history, notes, WhatsApp messages, Viber, etc. This tool works well on the latest iPhone 14/13/12 and iOS 16/15.


Follow the steps below to recover deleted safari history on iPhone without backup:

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Computer

To start with, install the program on your Windows PC or Mac and launch it. Choose "Recover from iOS Device" and then connect your iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

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Step 2. Select Safari History to Scan

Once yoru iPhone is detected by the program, choose "Safari History" of any other type of files you would like to recover and then click "Scan" to begin scanning.

select a data type

Step 2. Recover Deleted Safari History

After the scan, click "Safari History" from the category list to preview the recoverable safari history. Then select the ones you need and click "Recover" button to save the deleted safari history to your computer.

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Part 3. Recover Deleted Safari History on iPhone from Backup

3.1 Recover Safari History from iCloud.com

You are allowed to recover only Safari history from iCloud official site as long as you have turned on iCloud Auto Syncing on your iPhone. Follow these simple steps:

  • Sign into iCloud official site from the browser using your iCloud account.
  • Navigate to "Advanced Settings" and scroll down to click "Restore Bookmarks" .
  • Choose an archive of bookmarks you want and click on "Restore".

restore safari history from icloud

The drawback of this method is that only the deleted Safari hisoty within the last 30 days can be retrieved. Also, the existing Safari bookmarks on your iPhone will be replaced and erased, which might cause new data loss.

3.2 Restore iPhone Safari History from iCloud Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iCloud, restoring iPhone from the iCloud backup is also one of the feasible choice to get back your Safari history.

  • Open Settings and click on "General", scroll down to tap on "Reset" and select "Erase All Content and Settings".
  • Follow the instructions to set up your iPhone until you reach the page of "Apps & Data". Then choose "Restore from iCloud Backup".
  • Sign in to iCloud and choose a backup to restore the device. All data in the backup file including the deleted Safari history will come back.

recover data from iphone via icloud

Using this method, you're not allowed to preview the deleted files and selectively recover what you need only. What's worse, all the existing data on your iPhone will be erased and you'll lose your latest data that are not included in the iCloud backup.

Selectively Recover Deleted Safari History on iPhone from iCloud Backup

With FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery, you're able to preview and selectively recover deleted Safari history from iCloud backup.

  1. Run FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and switch to "Recover from iCloud".
  2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Then select the data types you want to restore and click on "Scan".
  3. After you've downloaded the iCloud data, preview and select the data you need, then click on "Recover".

select icloud backup

3.3 Recover Deleted Safari History from iTunes Backup

If you have made an iTunes/Finder backup before you deleted the Safari history, you can also recover the deleted browsing history by restoring iPhone from iTunes backup.

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and launch iTunes or Finder.
  • Click on the iPhone icon when it shows up and then choose "Restore Backup".
  • Select the backup file that contains your deleted Safari history and click on "Restore".

restore iphone via itunes

Same as iCloud, preview and selectively recovery is not supported. Restoring from iTunes backup might also lead to data loss since any new files added to your iPhone since the backup will be replaced and overwritten.

Selectively Recover Deleted Safari History on iPhone from iTunes Backup

And again, we recommend you using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to recover deleted Safari history from iTunes backup without erasing any data.

  • Launch FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery and choose the option of "Recover from iTunes Backup".
  • Select the iTunes backup file you want and click "Next". Then select "Safari history" and click on "Scan".
  • After the scan, you can preview the Safari history and selectively recover those you need by clicking on "Recover".

select itunes backup

Part 4. FAQ about Safari History

Q1. How far does history go back on iPhone?

This question has confused a lot of iPhone users. Actually, there is a definite answer of this question: your Mac can keep your browsing history for as long as a year, while some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models keep browsing history for a month. This is what demonstrated on Apple’s official site.

Q2. Where is Safari history stored on Mac?

All the Safari history you can see on your Mac is stored in the ~/Library/Safari/ folder.

Joan J. Mims

Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.

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