Your iPhone stores a ton of data about what you do. Usually, this data is used to make things easier for you, such as locating a website you've visited before or finding a missed call. If you're concerned that someone might see something they shouldn't, you can delete the history of the various services on your iPhone, or delete all data on your iPhone.
Method 1 of 7: Safari browsing history
Step #1. Open the Settings app
You will be deleting your browsing history with the Settings app, not the Safari app. You can delete your browsing history in Safari, but cookies and autocomplete data will not be deleted. Deleting your history with the Settings app ensures that everything is deleted.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "Safari"
You should be able to find this option in the fifth group of options.
Step 3. In the Safari menu, scroll down and tap "Clear Cookies and Data"
A window will appear asking you to confirm your choice.
If this button is gray, then you need to disable the restrictions for websites. Go back to the settings menu and choose "Restrictions". Enter your restrictions code, then tap "Websites." Choose "All websites" to delete your history. If you don't have a restriction code, you won't be able to clear your history
Step 4. Confirm that you want to delete the history
Safari's browsing history, cache, autocomplete data, and cookies will be deleted. Your browsing history will also be deleted on all other devices where you are signed in with your iCloud account.
Method 2 of 7: Chrome browsing history
Step #1. Open the Chrome app
If you use Chrome on your iPhone, you can delete your browsing history with the Chrome app itself.
Step 2. Tap the Menu button (⋮) and choose "Settings"
You may have to scroll down to see this option.
Step 3. Tap on "Privacy" option
A new menu will appear with some options to reset things.
Step 4. Tap "Clear browsing data" to delete your history
You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete your history.
Step 5. Tap "Clear All" to clear all your browsing data
This will delete your history, cache, website data and cookies.
Step 6. Tap "Clear saved auto-complete form data" to remove all auto-complete data
Removes all suggestions that appear when you select a text box.
Method 3 of 7: Call History
Step #1. Open the Phone app
You can delete your call history so that your calls don't appear in the recent calls list.
Step 2. Tap on the "Recent" tab
You will now see a list of all the numbers you have recently called and the calls you have received.
Step 3. Tap "Edit" at the top right corner
A red minus sign will appear next to each call in the list.
Step #4. Tap a red minus sign to delete a single conversation
Tapping the minus sign next to a call will delete it.
Step 5. Tap "Clear" to delete all calls at once
If you want to delete the entire list, tap "Clear" in the top left corner. This option will only appear after you tap "Edit". All calls in the "Recent" tab will be deleted.
Method 4 of 7: iMessage History
Step #1. Open the Messages app
You can delete SMS conversations with the Messages app.
Step 2. Tap the "Change" button
You can find this button in the top left corner.
Step 3. Select all conversations you want to delete
Check the box for each conversation you want to delete. You can select multiple conversations.
Step 4. After selecting conversations, tap "Delete"
All selected conversations will be deleted immediately without prompting for confirmation.
Step 5. Change your message history settings
By default, the Messages app is set to keep all messages forever. You can adjust these settings to keep your messages for only a year or 30 days. This frees up space and makes your phone less cluttered.
- Open the Settings app.
- Choose "Messages".
- Tap "Save messages".
- Choose how long you want to keep your messages. Messages older than the option you choose will be automatically deleted.
Method 5 of 7: Keyboard History
Step #1. Open the Settings app
If you want to remove words added to your iPhone's autocorrect dictionary, you can do so in the Settings app.
Step 2. Choose "General"
You will now be presented with a list of common iPhone options.
Step 3. Scroll down and tap on "Reset"
You will be presented with several options for resetting things.
Step 4. Tap on "Recover Keyboard Dictionary"
You will be asked to confirm your choice. All words that you have added and saved yourself will be deleted.
Method 6 of 7: Google Search app
Step #1. Open the Google app
If you use the Google app to search with Google, you can delete your history using the app.
Step #2. Tap on the gear icon at the top left corner
This will open the Settings menu.
Step 3. Scroll down and tap on "Privacy"
You will see your active account.
Step 4. Tap on "Browse" option
The "History" section will now appear at the top of the screen.
Step 5. Tap "Clear Device History" to clear your search history
Note that this only deletes the search history for your app. Your searches will still be saved to your active Google account.
Method 7 of 7: Delete all data
Step 1. Use this option if you want to completely empty your iPhone
This will delete all history and data on your iPhone. When the process is complete, you will be prompted to reset your iPhone.
Step #2. Open the Settings app
If you're sure you want to delete everything on your iPhone, open the Settings app.
Step 3. Choose the "General" option
Your iPhone's general settings will now open.
Step 4. Scroll down and tap on "Reset"
You will be presented with a number of options for resetting things.
Step 5. Tap "Erase All Content and Settings"
You will be asked to confirm that you want to completely remove everything.
Step 6. Wait for your iPhone to erase all data and settings
It may take a while for this process to complete.
Step 7. Set up your iPhone
When the data is deleted, you will have to go through a few steps to reset your iPhone. You can completely reset your iPhone, or restore an iTunes or iCloud backup.