How to View Deleted Safari History on iPhone/iPad Safely and Easily

"I think my girlfriend removes some of my important browsing history from my iPad Mini 3… Is there any way for me to recover deleted Safari history?"
"I want to see what my husband has deleted off of his iPhone… I just want to know if my suspicions are yet again true. So how to view deleted history on iPhone?"

Nobody wants his/her privacy to be disclosed.

Therefore, it becomes a habit of deleting browsing history on iPhone.

However, if you regret your deletion, is there any way to view and find back the deleted history?


This page collects 4 ways to help you view deleted history on iPhone, iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4 supported.

View Deleted History on iPhone

Part 1. How to view deleted history on iPhone (iOS 16 supported)

To find deleted search history on iPhone, the highly recommended method is to use Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery, which helps you find, check and recover deleted history and other data from iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.

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How to See and Recover Browser History on iPhone Directly

Step 1. Download iPhone Data Recovery

Free download and install the software on your Windows or Mac computer. Launch it and choose "iPhone Data Recovery" on its main interface. Then, you will be redirected to the default "Recover from iOS Device" page.

Fonelab Main Interface

Step 2. Connect iPhone to your computer

Plug your iPhone or iPad into the computer. Once the program recognizes your smart phone, your device name will show on the main interface automatically.

Recover from IOS Device

Step 3. Find deleted Safari history on iPhone

All recoverable data types will be displayed in categories in the left panel. Choose "Safari History" to access all your existing and deleted Safari history. You can select the certain one and preview its detailed information in the right side of the screen. You can turn on "Only display the deleted item (s)" option on the top if necessary, then you can check the deleted search history to recover it.

At last, click “Recover” button on the lower right corner to finish the process. The recovery history will be exported as HTML, and you can view them on your browser on computer.

Preview Deleted Text Messages

Part 2. How to check deleted search history (sites) in Settings

Another free option for you to view deleted history is iPhone Settings. However, you are only allowed to see the deleted history from sites, not from separate pages.

Step 1: Turn on your Apple device and head to "Settings" app.

Step 2: Navigate to Safari > Advanced.

Step 3: Go to your deleted history by tapping Website Data.

So as you can see that, the common settings only protect your privacy to some extent. For protecting your privacy, you need to delete incognito history permanently.

View Deleted History on iPhone Settings

You cannot check search history or incognito history on iPhone Safari if someone clear out cookies, data and cache.

Part 3. How to restore and view deleted history via iTunes

If you have backed up iPhone data via iTunes, you will be given the chance to find and see deleted history by restoring iPhone, because iTunes backs up Internet history on iPhone. (Check here to see what data iTunes backs up?)

Step 1: Update iTunes to the latest version.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to computer with a lightning USB cable.

Step 3: Click your iPhone or iPad icon to enter into iTunes summary page.

Step 4: Click “Restore iPhone…” option and select the latest iTunes backup file.

Step 5: Choose “Restore” to confirm and start to recover deleted Safari history on iPhone and iPad.

Recover Deleted History from iPhone with iTunes

Be aware that it will overwrite other files that you had not backed up.

Part 4. How to recover and see deleted history in iCloud

This is the last way for you to see the deleted browser history from iCloud backup, if you have backed up iPhone to iCloud before.

The disadvantage is you have to bear the risk that all your existing data will be replaced by your old iCloud backup.

Step 1: Head to "Settings" app and choose "General" option.

Step 2: Select “Reset” and then click "Erase All Content and Settings".

Step 3: Do as the on-screen instruction tells to erase your iOS device. (Here, your iPhone will be restored to factory settings, so you had better backup iPhone to external hard drive for data safety.)

Step 4: Select “Restore from an iCloud Backup” on your screen.

Step 5: Choose the most relevant iCloud backup to recover and check the deleted Safari history on iPhone.

View Deleted History on iPhone with iCloud Backup

Part 5. FAQs about Safari History

How long does Safari keep my browsing history?

According to Apple, your Mac can keep your browsing history for as long as a year, while some iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models keep browsing history for a month. You can change how often your Mac removes items from your history by changing General preferences in Safari.

How can I find and recover deleted Safari search history on Mac?

If you have backed up the data on your Mac to iCloud regularly, you can recover deleted Safari history from iCloud backup files. Otherwise, you can also perform Safari history recovery with Time Machine or professional third-party data recovery tool like Apeaksoft Mac Data Recovery.

Safari history is not deleting according to its own settings, what to do?

If you have difficulty in deleting Safari history on iPhone or Mac through its own settings, you can refer to this guide to try other methods.


This page collects the best 4 ways to view and recover deleted history on iPhone. You can recover and see deleted history on iPhone from iTunes and iCloud backup, but you have to wipe all existing data with backup replaced. Still, you are able to see the deleted history by sites not by pages. The easiest way is using Apeaksoft iPhone Data Recovery to find and recover deleted history, including the private browsing history on iPhone directly. More importantly, this method will not erase or overwrite the existing data on your iPhone.

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