iOS: Safari web settings

By default, Safari shows some of the features of the web (movies, animation, and web applications). You may wish to turn off some of these features to help protect your privacy and your device from possible security risks on the Internet.

To learn more about Safari in iOS, see the user manual.

To modify your security settings, tap Settings > Safari.

  • To enable or disable Anti-phishing, turn Fraudulent Website Warning on or off.
    • Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to steal your personal information, such as passwords, account information, or user names. A fraudulent website masquerades as a legitimate one, such as a bank, financial institution, or email service provider.
    • When turned on, the Anti-phishing feature in Safari will show an alert if the site you're visiting is a suspected phishing site.
  • To visit sites without making history, turn Private on or off in Safari.
    • To turn on private browsing, tap Safari, then tap in the lower-right corner. Tap Private to turn private browsing on.
      Note: If you're using an iPad, tap , then Private.
    • This will protect your private information and block some websites from tracking your behavior. Safari won't remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.
      Note: While Private is enabled, Safari appears black or dark instead of white or gray.

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  • To set whether Safari blocks cookies, tap Block Cookies and choose "Never," "From third parties and advertisers," or "Always." A cookie is a piece of data that a website puts on the device so the website can remember you when you visit again, and the webpage can be customized for you based on information you may have provided.
    Important: Some pages may not work unless you accept cookies.
  • To enable or disable JavaScript, tap Advanced and turn JavaScript on or off. JavaScript lets web programmers control elements of the page. For example, a page that uses JavaScript might display the current date and time or cause a linked page to appear in a new pop-up page.

Follow these steps to clear information from your device:

  • To clear your history from Safari, tap Settings > Safari > Clear History.
  • To clear all cookies from Safari, tap Settings > Safari > Clear Cookies and Data.
  • To clear other stored information from Safari, tap Advanced > Website Data > Remove All Website Data.
Last Modified: Mar 10, 2014
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