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July 10, 2007

iPhone Browser History Does NOT Delete

This little tid-bit just popped up on the iPhonePOV boards and it's such a doozie, it deserves special notice.

Basically, it boils down to this: if you surf porn on your iPhone, you might get caught!

When the you clear Safari's history by pushing the 'clear history' button under Safari's settings, the iPhone only erases the text-based 'history' of sites you have visited, it does NOT erase all memory of the site from the browser. This means if you push the 'back' arrow on the browser, Safari will load a previous site, even though the history should be cleared.

If you want to truly clear Safari's history of all incriminating evidence, this is the correct and rather tedious procedure:

After pushing the 'clear history' button in settings, go back to Safari and touch the pages button (overlapping squares lower right), click "new page" - a blank page will load full screen. Then push the pages button again and close the previous page(s) by pushing the little red X. The new page has no history.

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for this one.

Anonymous said...

This does not get rid of sites visited in the address bar drop-down. I went through this procedure and the sites visited still show up in the drop-down.

Ihelpedugetridofpr0n said...

hey, I understand some of you may or may not accidently watched a bit of hard core soft porn, don't worry, I've got the answer...

1) Go to Settings --> Safari
2) Change your search engine (switch from Google to Yahoo! or vice versa)
3) Tap Home button
4) Tap Safari
5) Go to Settings --> Safari
6) Tap the following sequentially: Clear History, Clear Cookies, Clear Cache
7) Change your search engine back to what it was originally
8) Tap Home button
9) Launch Safari and verify search history is gone

Anonymous said...

thanks....this one actually works. :-)

Anonymous said...

This work! Thanks! I think that step 4 'tap safari' is not nesesary. Also it doesn't make too much sense since step 5 is to go to settings withot tapping the home button. I'm I correct?

Anonymous said...

Ihelpedugetridofpr0n:

TY! :)

Anonymous said...

or

even easier...

go to the book(mark) icon in safari which will bring up bookmarks and history,
click history, and then at the bottom of the screen, tap clear...

bingo -

Anonymous said...

or

even easier...

go to the book(mark) icon in safari which will bring up bookmarks and history,
click history, and then at the bottom of the screen, tap clear...

bingo -

Anonymous said...

is there a way to do the opposite and view history that was deleted????

will said...

I've tried every method on this board and none work. The history list looks blank, but safari still auto-completes any web site I've ever visited.

Anonymous said...

it works it work I CAN KISS U GUYS

Anonymous said...

Awesome...I went through all the easy staight forward steps. cookies cache history..yadayada. Thats simple, but when I went to open safari again, the little white arrow in bottom left was there to take me back to screen(webpage) that I wanted gone. Thanks to the tip of opening new pages and going back to delete previous one it is now gone....thanks for the help

Anonymous said...

Ok people after you clear the history and cache and cookies do the new page thing state earlier. You will still notice that it will autocomplete a URL even after u cleared all of safari's settings. To fix this you have to clear your keyboard dictionary. To do that, go to settings then go to reset then click the one that says reset keyboard dictionary. After this you should be good.

Anonymous said...

But they can still see you had something to hide. Why can't we delete individual history items?

Anonymous said...

Instead of viewing porn & worrying about cowardly hidding the fact that you can't be man enough to hold your own as well as your promise not to be a pervert & view porn. Why don't you step up to the plate and learn how to be honest. Stop lying & concentrate on real people that Should matter in life. While you're at it take out the garbage & help the kids with homework. You people are PATHETIC!

Anonymous said...

This still does not work. The URL still autocompletes!

Anonymous said...

Who ever promised to not be a pervert? Not me!

Anonymous said...

you are all perverts :P

including the person who mentioned that ppl are perv's.....sadly...

Anonymous said...

Ok, for all of those pervs (ahem), perverted enough to keep certain favorite websites in a bookmark folder, it will continue to show up as a suggestion, even after completing all of the steps above!!! Simply delete the bookmark, and it is cleared from the list. No more worries about letting that cutie borrow your iPhone only to find out what a disgusting pig you are...

Anonymous said...

Oink

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the bookmark deletion tip. I have been looking for this answer all over and this one works.

...and to the anonymous person accusing others of being cowardly... you are a pretentious, obviously asexual, PAB.

Anonymous said...

Concerning: “…Instead of viewing porn …. You people are PATHETIC!”

To this post, I can only say, it must be a woman. Only a woman could ignore the facts of evolution, our descended nature from primates who are not monogamous. Only a woman, a dna stealing, ball chopping, moronic woman would miss other potential problems with surfing pron. Other than offending you little ms. center of the world, if a man, say, were to surf male porn and someone in the office found out it could have negative effects on his job. But then, I’m guessing that only the way you define sexual interest and porn surfing is the only way all of mankind should view it, right? You can take your morally superior attitude and put it where the sun doesn’t shine Sarah Palin ! YOU are PATHETIC!

Jason said...

To the MAN who posted 8/09/09 @ 1:29 pm, you are the one who is pathetic with a superior attitude, with pathetic issues. You wrote: "if a man, say, were to surf male porn and someone in the office found out it could have negative effects on his job." Awww, are you afraid of losing your job for looking at gay porn?? Seems so, since you are so busy demoralizing and insulting women. Seems you don't have much use for women at all, so please, by all means, continue rationalizing your pathetic theories and go ahead and masturbate to gay porn. More power to ya. Hope you don't get caught at work loser!

From a man who doesn't disrespect women, and happens to like actual sex, not 'play-sex' with myself.

Anonymous said...

if you look at the statistics concerning the largest growth of the porn industry you will find it is female users who are becoming regular users of porn, some would of course call that payback time, other will shrug and say so what, others will call them perverts. i couldn't care less as long as no one is being hurt or unconcenting live and let live.

Steve said...

I've been having the same problem lately. Some of your solutions work, some don't. At one time all I had to do was press "clear history" in Safari and all the pages were erased. Why is no one talking about getting it work like it's supposed to instead of the temporary solutions that may work once or twice then the problem returns. I do not want to do six steps whereas one used to work. Does anyone know of a real way to make the damn thing work like the first day I got it? I'm tired of tricks and band-aids.

Anonymous said...

Ok, No porn behind this post (I do but don't care if anybody knows so suck that up).
What worries me is if I needed to use someone else's iPhone to view my security system as the admin. I don't want to leave the admin's logon info is the phone for someone else to use. Demoing the system and having access to the PTZ controls is the reason I want to be able to go back and leave the "guest" access stored not the admin.
Faster and fewer steps would be the way. Riley

Anonymous said...

So how can u delete an individual history item without clearing it all out?

Anonymous said...

Guys....

Here is th reason why the above tips don't work for everyone.

If you have the Google app - it also saves your safari searches. Clear the google app history, turn searchable 'search history' off...then clear your safari cache and cookies & reset your keyboard settings.

VoilĂ !!!!

Anonymous said...

The one tip that truly works for the search history deletion is to reset the keyboard and VOILA! PERFECT!

Anonymous said...

Thanks - clearing the google app works!!!!!

Andrew said...

After clearing the unwanted items from my bookmarks the auto fill URLs disappeared. So get rid of those bookmarks and the problem is solved!


Thank you!

Amar said...

To the stuck up bitch that doesn't like porn
Dear stuck up bitch,
First y were u on this page do you sit on the computer telling men they are pathetic for watching porn or were u looking how to clear your iPhone history of porn and second y are u such a bitch these men were having a decent conversation until you came in and 10 bucks your not even married because I couldn't see any man liking u

Shut the fuck up, Anonymus

Anonymous said...

At Jason. You rock. Men like you are hard to find.

Anonymous said...

we have a turd in the punch bowl...

but seriously, to all the sexual conservatives out there, suck up your pride, and fuck your man before he gets blue balls. get into his mind and you may realize that what gets him off is enividably gonna change, just like your waist size. its a no brainer. buy a new belt.

so he's googlin' some wierd shit, get over it. he dosent care about your newfound obsession with vampires. if you explore that fantasy with him, maby he would buy you the most radical dildo on the planet. then you'll learn how to cum and get cummed on.

if your girl or man is a "hater", take 'em to a sex shop and start in the joke section.

bottomline is, communication.
you would talk to your kids so they dont get hooked on crack, right? talk to your partner before they get hooked

Anonymous said...

Ok folks, this is what I did and it worked:

Connect ur iphone to ur pc/laptop, open up itunes (if it doesn’t do it automatically).
At default your pc/laptop will sync up ur iphone, but if it doesnt, press the sync button.
Once its done, look at ur left navigation bar on itunes., there should be a “whatevernameuchose iphone” link,under devices. Click on it and you should see ur iphones info.There are tabson top, ex: summary, info,etc…
Clickon info, scroll down to “OTHER”, uncheck the “sync bookmarks with..”

Hit apply on the right button, and sync up again!

Open up safari on ur iphone and ur dropdown history list is gone!!

Anonymous said...

It works! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

All thats everybody Said is fake i did try it i did clear it and i did switch it from Googel.com====> Yahoo dont work

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!!! this works really good!!
I thought I was going to get in a shit load of trouble with an awkward conversation with the parents!!!

Anonymous said...

As I read that screech, I too could see the obvious:

A woman
An unhappy woman
A controlling woman
A sad pathetic human

Enjoy you sexless dull unhappy existence you prudish bore.

Anonymous said...

I was looking on here to find out how to search the history on my husbands phone! Thanks for the info. I will be sure to share it with all of my girlfriends so they can check on their little pigs as well. Don't worry boys we know your all PIGS!!! Hope you all get caught and lose your lovely wives and they take your kids and run! Pervs!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. You call men pervs and then wish divorce upon them? Check your dictionary, this is the first definition of pervert: to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right. I'm fairly certain that hoping families are torn asunder falls under that definition. If men are such pigs, why did you get married?

Anonymous said...

My husband gets sex just about every single day. I am not fat, he says he thinks I am sexy, I am not a prude, I am not controlling or unhappy in nature and he still looks at porn. It makes me feel, unappreciated, not good enough, not pretty enough, not enough. It makes me not trust him. This isn't healthy for a relationship. I didn't search for his porn, it found me, more than once. Porn is selfish and hurtful to the woman you chose to live your life with. The woman YOU chose. Just some thoughts from the other side.

Anonymous said...

to Ihelpedugetridofpr0n

Thanks..somebody else was looking at bad sites on my Iphone :)

Anonymous said...

You all are pathetic. If you know you're not suppose to watch it because it affects the person you are with, STOP! Seriously, porn has control over men/women like a drug and it will ruin your relationship.

All that trouble when you can just have sex with the person you "care" about. The real deal.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the studies on pornography and its impact on monogamous relationships and you will find some objective data that supports Anomymous's feelings and comments. Whether it's a man or a woman surfing porn, it's a violation of a commitment and has no place in a monogamous relationship. It develops false expectations and desensitizes the user to real sex. Further, if done in secret as it so often is, it undermines trust. This is not a man/woman issue, it's an honesty and commitment issue. If you want to look at or communicate with other people than the person to which you promised monogamy - you are cheating, whether you want to believe that or not!

Anonymous said...

All this talk of removing history and people immediately assume it is due to pornography! Whilst that may be the case in many instances, I would actually like to remove the history due to trying to buy a special gift for my wife as a surprise - THAT'S why I want to remove it!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry guys, pressing Clear Cookies does not necessarily clear all cookies. I've run some tests with my http server, and after closing all pages and pressing Clear Cookies, safari still sends the cookies to my server.

Anonymous said...

What a fucking romp here! All you women need to get one thing straight - men are born to fuck more than one chick, simultaneously if possible. It is fucking evolution, so dont get your panties in a bunch and get your man some ky and a tissue.

Anonymous said...

my husband just got an iphone recently. He was trying to change the language prefrences as he said he noticed Russian was on the phone. He explained the phone was a used phone. So I was standing next to him while he was showing me - and as he arrow backed - I Saw his history - and the first thing on there was "freeporn.com", along with other things that i knew he looked into. I of course asked him if he had been looking at that, and he said "No". His explanation was that the Russian guy who owned the phone - language prediction - showed that he must have looked at it and it was in the history. I just don't buy that. I want to believe him - and he got very defensive and angry at me and said he did not look at it- very adamantly. So i try to give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he is telling the truth or maybe i am nieve. I don't know how the iphone works - so I really don't know what to believe.

Anonymous said...

This will work without a pc

Clearing Bookmarked Site from Address Bar
initially provided by sj.iphone
macrumors newbie
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=533390

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The method you reposted will work to clear the search history from Safari, but it will not clear pages that are bookmarked.

Try it out. Do a Google search using Safari to find two sites you haven’t been to before. (I searched for dog show.). Go to those two sites and bookmark one. (I bookmarked dogshow.ca, but not westerndogshows.com.) Then clear Safari’s history, cookies and cache using the method you describe.

When you reopen Safari you will find that all history has been erased from the address bar except for the bookmarked site. If you start typing d-o-g in the address bar, the site’s URL (dogshow.ca) will show up. If you type w-e-s-t you get nothing.

The only way to get rid of dogshow.ca is to erase the bookmark before clearing the history/cache/cookies.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. To erase history i got to the safari and do that i have always do that so my parents cant find out what i do.

Anonymous said...

For the guys who claim they are natural polygamists, IF this is your viewpoint, then FIND A WOMAN/WOMEN who think the same and have a goddamn open relationship with HER instead of deciding to lie to and stomp all over a monogamous chick's feelings. So simple. Wth is wrong with you idiots? The problem is not that you're watching porn. It's that you're freaking lying about it. Jerks.

Anonymous said...

I have been checking my bf's phone... Trust issue.... He has been looking for escorts... I am a sexy, smart, deserving female who understands that there aren't many monogamous human beings out there.... But now I am addicted to looking through his phone... Is there a way to view cookies?

samantha said...

try spice ya sex life n leave his phone alone. it will only get worse if u keep checking on him. if he cheats its his loss n means he wasnt mr right. bin there done that wrote the book hun.

n for the porn haters o what a sad life u lead sex n perversion is ace keeps the world tickin ova. stop bin boarin put the book down push ya single beds together n get it on n watch sum porn ya might learn a few things n put the spark bk into your lifes.

n for ppl that wana hide were they bin! y? let em c it be honest its your life your phone porn is in the top 5 seller around the world let them c what u like to watch cud start a new and exciteing adventure for you both. if they dont like it. its there problem not yours were all free to do what we want. just remember them hot hunks n babes are basicly like a show for us. dont be embarresed about it everyone cin porn even the haters. ( u no u have thats y ya readin this )

conclusion

Never cheat its wrong n bad search the net on tips if thing are sour in the bedroom. spice it up ul both love it i promise.

If you do cheat own up be a man/woman u dont deserve your partner if you do cheat. if your wanting a diffrent person try a swing club together or 3rd member.
Never cheat

Dont get stuck in a loveles sexless boaring relationship its not nice TALK to each other there ya partner dont hide the beast in u like our haters here.

porn is gd and will always be around bout time ppl realize this.

ppl who watch porn (like me n my partner) have nothin to be ashamed of theres alsorts of reasons sum ppl carnt get a partner (true) next best thing Porn. or places like fuckbuddyfinder its basicly what it says single ppl geting straight to the point (tip for the singles out there) wudnt even bother with dating sites unless its a huge one.

well iv rattled on 2 long sorry about the spelling lol. guna go watch some porn n email the bf the link so he knows what i want for tea.

Do the same ppl u 2 haters u no u wana.

peace out ppl

put u all a link on probly be removed tho.xxx

enjoy n leave the cookies alone let them dip in to ya cookie jar.xxxx

Anonymous said...

www.tube8.com has got some good free iPhone friendly porn on it - just sayin, oink :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great tool for ppl wanting to find out how their porn obsessed mates are getting away with it! Thanks! I will make sure I keep this page on hand! Btw...could anyone explain that how to delete one day of history and leave the other days untouched? PS: he made the dumb promise of never looking at porn on his iPhone....not me. I just asked him to stop choosing it over me. Not too much to ask. I'm reasonable and even enjoy porn myself....with the company of my spouse that is.

Anonymous said...

You men are pigs! If you can't be happy with your women & her only than you shouldn't be in a relationship. You make me sick

Anonymous said...

These won't work unless you clear your bookmarks, then reset and clear all caches. So dumb of me!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the women. Yes I'm a girl and yes I have watched porn. But when ur bf has a problem and lies about it... then ur relationship has a prov. I have tried everything! I have let him do it and I watched it to make him want me and not a fake whole that fakes every moan and groan. It makes me insecure when ok hes been doing it because I can tell when we are having sex. I am hot and 18 and love to have sex in every position and possible way. How ever he wants me... any hole! Whereever meaning outside on the fourwheeler under a car in the bathroom in a fragrant and even in dressing rooms. So I'm not boring I love sextoys and love buying sexy outfits. I myself also do armature modeling for nhra racing. So tell me how u guys can type these things about women. Oh and btw even made videos for him! But I asked him if he would let me do porn videos or bikini photos and he said no and I asked why and he said I wad only his so why cant he be only mine and not worry about him looking at other girls. Just as simple as that. See u guys need to understand its not that u do it but u hide it and don't know when to stop. I'm looking at this caus my bf told me he has an addiction to it and wants me to look at his phone and the trust isn't all there again so that's a problem. It does ruien ur relationship. And for guys who say its not a big deal then why hide it and why waste ur time on deleting it and just give it up. If its no big deal u shouldn't have a problem stopping for the one u love that does think its a big deal.

Anonymous said...

I want to search my boyfriends deleted history, i know he watches porn and he knows i know, but he finds sex and what turns him on embarrasing i know its not any thing fucked up or creepy. he refuses to watch it with me aswell and i just want to know what gets him ticking so i can do something for him, would really appreciate the help xoxo

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip on how to catch my husband. You know - if you're trying to hide something from your wife/spouse...it's probably wrong. Just a thought. Thank you porn for encouraging my husband to keep things from me...constantly lie to me...and distracting my husband from being a good father and husband....NOT.

Anonymous said...

I don't get why girls find it such a big deal, for one moment in our life we would like to escape and look at porn, its in our nature to. I know my girlfriend gets irritated sometimes when i watch it but i tell her that i do, and even if i didn't, sometimes there a place where you can have SPACE and not be frowned upon as keeping a SECRET. I don't get why women think we have to share EVERYTHING. I do understand if i guy is letting it take over his life and it effects the family or his relationship to an extent, but i think sometimes women just want to make problems when there isn't because they want to be involved in everything. If you man looks at porn once or twice a week its not that big of a deal. And sometimes we DONT want to share what we look at because its not something we are exactly proud of, that weird. Just give your guy some space the more you search the more you push us away.

Anonymous said...

Also previously viewed sights save website data under settings>safari>advanced>website data. Also the utilization of private browsing helps. Private browsing - settings>safari>private browsing.

Anonymous said...

Www.youjizz.com
Xoxo,

:)

Anonymous said...

All men are pervs and would like to have sex with every hot girl.
The fact they have commited not to do anything about it is great.
Still want to ride any hot chicks tho.
I think we should all be swingers.
No betrail just everyone has fun. It's just not ok in some peoples eyes.
10 - 15 years from now I'll bet there's a lot more of it.

Anonymous said...

I totally feel you:( thats why im looking to see if he found away around it. Im married and my guy has a history of cheating and looking at porn lying and sneaking around. Im not concieted but I.ammm good looking and I do "put out" so if I see that crap again ill find someone who is appreciative and let him have the cyber whores. His loss, but I will find out :) always doo:)

Anonymous said...

I wish it were true that my husband did it once or twice a week but the drug called porn has a
Hold of him. So it's three hours a day right up til time for him to leave for work. And then every single time I leave the house for
A couple of hours on the weekends. I wish he was a casual user as you seem to be and maybe then I would give him some space. But he's neglecting everything around him because of his addiction. For some people
This is not fun and games. It's devastation

Anonymous said...

I wish it were true that my husband did it once or twice a week but the drug called porn has a
Hold of him. So it's three hours a day right up til time for him to leave for work. And then every single time I leave the house for
A couple of hours on the weekends. I wish he was a casual user as you seem to be and maybe then I would give him some space. But he's neglecting everything around him because of his addiction. For some people
This is not fun and games. It's devastation

Anonymous said...

IS there a way to see history from an iphone on your router? or any other way to view history of devices used on a router?

Anonymous said...

My boyfriends obsessions never bothered me until he started lockin our daughter in her room bearin in mind shes 2!!! Never thought it would get this bad for him to do tht at all and how i found out is went on safari to revisit what i were last on to find history deleted so i knew instantly what he had been doin and when he does tht to our daughter is the time i have a massive problem with it and hes continued to do the same when i nip to shop etc and hes apparantly lookin afta her so now i refuse to leave him in alone as i find it disgustin how bad its taken over his own life let alone messin me n my daughters lives

Anonymous said...

Damn lmao i need to recover my dads history cause i wouldn't doubt he was viewing these full action videos...
and well now its up to me to clean after him, blahhhh

Anonymous said...

Ok so what really works to view deleted history?

Anonymous said...

These are some simple steps:
Clear History in Safari
Go to Settings -> Safari -> CLEAR HISTORY AND CACHE

Respring or Reboot your iPhone.
-also works with any iOS platforms