How to View the Browsing History in Safari on the iPhone or iPad


Apple provides the Safari app for browsing the Internet. For the most part, it is convenient and easy to use. Most of the browsing controls are easy to understand, but there are a few hidden features to make browsing a little easier. One such feature is the ability to view your browsing history.



View Browsing History

When browsing the Internet, you typically visit many different websites. Occasionally, you may need to return to a website you previously visited. Tapping the Back button will take you to the last website that was viewed. While this works well for recently viewed websites, it can be a little cumbersome if the website you need was last viewed some time ago.


Luckily, there is an easy way to view the browsing history to locate a particular website. With the Safari app open, tap and hold on the Back button. On the iPhone, the Back button is shaped like a triangle pointing to the left. It is located in the bottom left of the screen. On the iPad, the Back button is located in the top left of the screen.

iPhone Back ButtoniPad Back Button


Holding the Back button will cause a list of all previously viewed websites to appear. Simply select the website you want from the list and it will reload in Safari.


If you have several different tabs open in Safari, the browsing history is saved independently for each tab. The browsing history for each tab is not deleted when you exit Safari. However, once a tab is closed, the browsing history for that tab is deleted.



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