6 Ways to Recover Safari History on iPhone without/from Backup

I have deleted the history of my Safari Web browser yesterday. Now I realize that I have lost some list of websites which are very important for me. Now it is very difficult to find those sites. That’s the reason why I want to recover the History. What should I do to get them back?

—— A user comment from Geekfori

Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Safari History from iPhone

Yes. It is actually possible to recover deleted Safari history from your iPhone. iPhone saves data in a database known as SQLite. When you delete data on your device, the iPhone switches the data from “Allocated” to the “Unallocated” category but leaves it there. As soon as you add new data to the device, it is added to a space in the “Unallocated” category, overwriting data in that category. If the data is not overwritten (if you don’t add new data on to your iPhone), a third-party iPhone data recovery tool can access the “Unallocated” category of the SQLite database and retrieve the deleted data.

If you have backed up your device on iTunes or iCloud, you can simply restore your device from the backup (Check the 5th method). Actually, iTunes and iCloud can back up both existing and some deleted data, but you are unable to see the deleted data even when you restore the backup. In this case, a professional iPhone data recovery tool can help you preview the deleted Safari history in the backups (Check the first 3 methods we listed in the following text).

Please note that you must refrain from using your iPhone once you discover that you’ve lost some data. Any new data generated on the device may overwrite the missing data, making it unrecoverable. This article will share 6 ways to recover the deleted Safari history on iPhone.

6 Ways to Recover Safari History on iPhone

1. Recover iPhone Deleted Safari History without Backup

iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery tool can help you recover the deleted Sarari history even without backup or access the existing and delated data in your backups. Check out its features and follow the steps to get your Safari history back.

Key Features: (iOS 11.3 Supported)

  • Recover 22+ file types such as photos, contacts, notes, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages and more.
  • Allows you to preview the recoverable data and recover them selectively.
  • Provides 4 recovery mode: Recover from iOS Device/iTunes Backup/iCloud Backup and Smart Recovery.
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Steps to Recover Deleted Safari History from iPhone without Backup

Step 1. Download and install iMyFone D-Back iPhone data recovery. Select “Recover from iOS Device” and click "Start".

select Recover from iOS Device

Step 2. Choose the file type you need to recover and click "Next". Then connect your iPhone to the computer and the program will scan your iOS device.

choose file type

Step 3. After the scanning, preview the specific Safari history and recover what you need. Then save them to your computer by choosing a folder on your computer to store them.

preview Safari history

2. Preview and Recover Safari History from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone in iTunes regularly, you can also recover deleted Safari history from iTunes backup with the help of iMyFone D-Back. And the specific procedures are similar to recover from the iOS device.

Step 1. Select "Recover from iTunes Backup" and click "Start".

select Recover from iTunes Backup

Step 2. Select Safari history as the file type you wan to recover and click on "Next".

select file type

On the next window, select the iTunes backup file that contains the deleted Safari History. Then click "Scan".

 Select a iTunes backup

Step 3. Once it completes the scanning, you will be able to preview and recover the safari history you'd like to keep.

 preview and recover the safari history

3. Preview and Retrieve Safari History from iCloud Backup

Provided you satisfy the necessary conditions for an iCloud automatic backup, it is very likely that your Safari history could be included in an iCloud backup file. Just use iMyFone D-Back to recover them with the following steps.

Step 1. Choose“Recover from iCloud Backup” mode and click "Start". Choose "Safari History" on the next window and click "Next".

select data type

Step 2. Then you will need to log into your iCloud account. Please note that iMyFone D-Back will not leak out your account information.

log in iCloud

After that all the backup files will be displayed on the interface. Choose the backup file that may contain the wanted Safari history and click "Scan".

Choose the iCloud backup file

Step 3. When the scan is finished, you can preview all the recovered Safari histories. Choose the Safari history you want to retrieve and click on "Recover" button to save them to your computer.

Preview the Safari history

iMyFone D-Back makes it easy to recover not just Safari history but all other types of data from your iPhone quite easily such as text messagescontactsvideo . The free trial version is available right now to help you scan and preview deleted data on your iPhone in minutes.

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4. Find Some Deleted Safari History Under Settings

You can also use the mini trick on iPhone to find some deleted safari history under Settings.

1. Go to Settings on your device. Scroll down, find and click on Safari.

2. Scroll to the bottom, find and click on Advanced.

3. Click on Website Data option and you can find some of your deleted safari histories there.

 Find Some Deleted Safari History Under Settings

5. Restore Device from iTunes Backup

Follow these simple steps to restore data to your iPhone from an iTunes backup.

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables. If a message asks you to “Trust This Computer”, follow the steps on your screen.

Step 2: Once the iPhone is connected to the computer, select it when it appears.

Step 3: Select “Restore Backup” and choose the most relevant backup by size and date.

Step 4: Click Restore and wait for the restore process to finish. If you had an encrypted backup, enter the password.

Step 5: Keep the device connected through the process and wait for the iPhone to sync with your computer.

Restore Device from iTunes Backup

6. Restore Safari Bookmarks from iCloud

You can also easily restore your Safari bookmarks and reading list via iCloud.com. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Go to https://www.icloud.com/ and sign in. Click on the Gear icon to open the settings section.

Step 2: Click “Restore Bookmarks” in the advanced section

Step 3: You should see available versions listed by date and time. Click “Restore” to the right of the version you want to restore.

Wait for iCloud to finish restoring Safari Bookmarks and the reading list will appear on all your devices.

 Restore Safari Bookmarks from iCloud

  • Will Haynes

    Will this method only display what the current phone has deleted, or also what other phones have removed using the same Internet connection?

    • Hello Will,

      If you choose “recover from iOS device” recovery mode, the software will display only content of the current iPhone. If you choose”recover from iTunes Backup” or “recover from iCloud backup” modes, it will display content in the local backup file or cloud file, no matter it belongs to whom. For example, it can also help your friend get some data back as long as he/she made a iTunes backup using your computer before. Have a nice day!

  • Janie

    Perfect! this was exactly what I needed. I was really confused and taking too long to figure it out. Should have found this article an hour ago and saved myself some time. I accidentally recovered everything. Is there an easy way to undo what I did? Thanks!

    • Hello Janie, if you have made iTunes/ iCloud backup recently. You can just restore your iPhone directly from a last backup file. You can also try iMyfone D-Back to help you preview and recover files selectively from iPhone or iPhone backup to computer.