Safari & Privacy

Safari is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

Prevent Cross-Site Tracking

Some websites use third-party content providers. A third-party content provider can track you across websites to advertise products and services.

With this option turned on, tracking data is periodically deleted unless you visit the third-party content provider.

Fraudulent Website Warning

When Fraudulent Website Warning is enabled, Safari will display a warning if the website you are visiting is a suspected phishing website. Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to steal your personal information, such as user names, passwords, and other account information. A fraudulent website masquerades as a legitimate one, such as a bank, financial institution, or email service provider. Before visiting a website, Safari may send information calculated from the website address to Google Safe Browsing to check if the website is fraudulent. For users with China mainland set as their region in Settings > General > Language and Region, Safari may also use Tencent Safe Browsing to do this check. The actual website address is never shared with the safe browsing provider. These safe browsing providers may also log your IP address when information is sent to them. You can disable Fraudulent Website Warnings in Safari at any time by going to Settings > Safari, then sliding the Fraudulent Website Warning switch to off.

Private Browsing

When Private Browsing is enabled, Safari doesn’t remember the pages you visit, AutoFill information, and your open tabs aren’t stored in iCloud. Websites can’t modify information stored on your device, so services normally available at such sites may work differently until you turn off Private Browsing.

Note: While Private Browsing is enabled, the Safari user interface appears dark instead of light.

Safari Suggestions

Safari search shows you results from the web, iTunes, the App Store, movie showtimes, nearby locations, and more.

When you use Safari Suggestions in Safari, your search queries, the Safari Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. If you have Location Services on your device turned on, when you make a search query to Safari with Safari Suggestions enabled the location of your device at that time will be sent to Apple. To provide you with more relevant music and video suggestions, if your device can access music or video subscription services, then information such as the names of the subscription services and types of subscriptions may be sent to Apple. Your account name, number and password will not be sent to Apple. Location, search queries, and usage information sent to Apple will only be used by Apple to make Safari Suggestions more relevant and to improve other Apple products and services.

If you do not want your Safari search queries and Safari Suggestions usage data sent to Apple, you can turn off Safari Suggestions. To do so, open Settings > Safari and slide the Safari Suggestions switch to off.

You can turn off Location Services for Safari Suggestions. To do so, open Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services, and slide the Location-Based Suggestions switch to off. If you turn off Location Services on your device, your precise location will not be sent to Apple. To deliver relevant search suggestions, Apple may use the IP address of your Internet connection to approximate your location by matching it to a geographic region.

Not all features of Safari Suggestions may be available in all languages or regions and some features of Safari Suggestions may vary by region.

Check for Apple Pay

When you are in an app or on a website that uses Apple Pay on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, they can check if you have Apple Pay enabled on that device. You may disable websites you visit from checking if Apple Pay is enabled at any time by going to the Check for Apple Pay setting on your iOS or iPadOS device in Settings > Safari > Privacy and Security.

By using these features, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information as described above.

Information collected by Apple will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at


Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

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