“Clear History and Website Data” Not Working on iPhone/iPad? Fixes!

Do you need to reduce your iPhone’s storage, so you want to delete your history and website data to make room? Maybe you were browsing a private website and you don’t want anyone to be able to recover your history. Regardless of the reason, it can be frustrating when you try to clear your history and your device won’t let you.

Why Are You "Unable to Clear History and Website Data on iPad/iPhone"?

There are a few reasons why you might be unable to clear the history and website data. If you see that the option to clear your history is grayed out in your Safari settings, it’s probably because you have parental filters installed. It could also be that you haven’t visited any websites to begin with, so there’s no history to delete. Other times, it’s simply due to a bug in iOS.

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How to Fix "iOS 10.3/11 Not Deleting Website Data"

1. Permanently Delete Website Data in iOS 10.3/11

Did you know that if you manually delete your history on your browser, it can be recovered? With iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser or Mac version, though, you can delete your data permanently and make it unrecoverable. Also, even if your iPhone/iPad is being stubborn and won’t delete your private website data for some reason, Umate Pro can find and delete the data anyway.

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  • Permanently erase Safari cache, cookies, and history without any possibility of recovery.
  • Find and wipe Safari history that you manually deleted previously, but that is still recoverable on your iPhone.
  • Efface private fragments that many third-party apps leave behind, as well as junk data that is just taking up room.
  • Preview and select private data on iPhone to be completely destroyed.

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How to Delete Website Data When “Clear History and Website Data” Not Working

Step 1. Download and install iMyFone Umate Pro iPhone Data Eraser on your computer.
Step 2. Plug your device into your computer and launch Umate Pro. Click where it says Erase Private Data. Click Scan, and the application will begin scanning.
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Step 3. Next it will present you with a list of the data that it found during the scan. Choose the private data associated with Safari from the list and click Erase Now.

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2. Apple Fan Provide A Trick to Fix "iOS 10.3/11 Not Deleting Website Data"

You can also use a simple trick to fix this problem. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t depending on why the problem happened in the first place. If Safari is deleting the history of some websites and not others, try this:

Step 1. Go into the settings for Safari and set it to allow cookies by Settings > Safari > Block Cookies.
Step 2. Make note of the websites whose data you can’t erase.
Step 3. Go to the these websites on Safari one at a time and, while leaving them open, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data.
Step 4. Swipe the website that you opened and delete. Then tap the back button two times.
Step 5. Tap the Home button twice.
Step 6. Close Safari.
Step 7. Close Settings.
Step 8. Do these steps all over again for each website whose data you’re having trouble erasing.

3. How to Fix "Clear History and Websites Data Grayed Out"

As mentioned, the problem could also be parental controls. If the option to clear history in your Sarafi settings is grayed out, then go to Settings > General > Restrictions, then to Allowed Content, then Websites, and turn any parental controls or adult filters off.


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4. Useful Tips If You Can't Clear Safari History or Website Data

If you’re still having trouble, try one of these useful tips:

  • Turn off Safari in iCloud through Settings > iCloud > Safari.
  • Block cookies so that the data isn’t recorded in the first place. You can go to Settings > SAfari > Block Cookies.
  • Hard reset your device and try deleting the history, cache, etc again.
  • Reset All Settings and see if that helps. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings to do this.
  • Permanently erase your website data. You can also erase your data with a third-party application that can permanently erase your history and other private information. This is important because it can keep snoopers from being able to see what you’ve been browsing, and it might even protect you from identity thieves. iMyFone Umate Pro is one of the best data erasers available for this.

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