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

Safari Icon

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 an arrow pointing to the left. It is located in the bottom left of the screen.

Safari Back Button on iPhone


On the iPad, the Back button is located in the top left of the screen.

Safari Back Button on iPad


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.



View Browsing History on Your Other Devices

If you have multiple devices such as an iPhone and an iPad, you can view the browsing history from one device while using the other device.  This is helpful if you viewed a website on your iPhone, but you are now using your iPad and need the website information. In this situation, tap the Bookmark icon located in the same row of icons as the Back button. It is shaped like an open book. Navigate to the main Bookmarks menu and select History from the list.

Website History Menu


You will see the web history from all your devices based on the day the website was viewed, regardless of which device was used to view the website.


You must have the Safari option in the iCloud settings enabled to share Safari tabs and web history between your devices. You also need to be using the same Apple ID in the iCloud settings to sync the Safari data.