This post is aimed at helping new iPhone XR owners to clear cache and website data from the Safari app as well as blocking cookies and unwanted contents. Read on for more information.
Browser caches are comprised of your browsing history, site logins, and other relevant information accumulated from your previous browsing sessions.
These files are generally utilized to speed up reloading of the same browsing information like autofill usernames and password details. While these files do offer such benefit, they can also cause troubles whenever they get corrupted. Browsing issues are also triggered if the browser already has significant volume of cached files. To prevent such problems from arising, clearing browser cache, history and cookies is recommended.
In this guide, I will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to clear cache and browsing data from the Safari app on an Apple iPhone XR. Feel free to refer to this context when needed.
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Clearing browsing history, cache and cookies on iPhone XR Safari
To ensure smooth browsing experience with Safari, regular clearing of cache, cookies and browsing history from the app is recommended. Here’s how it’s done:
- From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
- Scroll down and then tap on Safari.
- On the next screen, scroll down and then tap the option to Clear History and Website Data. You will then see a pop-up message, telling you that history, cookies, and other browsing data will be removed in the process.
- Tap Clear History and Data to confirm.
- Wait until the history and website data clearing is done.
- To clear cookies and keep browsing history, go back to the Safari menu, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on Advanced. Finally, tap Website Data and then tap the option to Remove All Website Data.
The setting may appear gray or disabled if there is no history or website data to clear. The same thing can happen if Content & Privacy Restrictions is turned on and web content restrictions are enabled.
Blocking cookies on iPhone XR’s Safari app
Cookies are pieces of data that are stored by websites on your device so they can easily remember you the next time you visit these same sites. Servers read cookies as messages that are passed to your web browser when you open websites. Each of these messages are stored in a small file named cookie.txt. Cookies are generally used to track website activity and they usher some sort of threats to your iPhone’s security. But for privacy reasons, you may opt to set Safari to block cookies on your iPhone XR. So here’s what you should do then:
- From your Home screen, tap on Settings.
- Scroll down and tap on Safari.
- Navigate to Privacy & Security section.
- Then tap to enable option to Block All Cookies.
All cookies will then be blocked until you turn the feature OFF again.
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Using Safari Content Blockers on your iPhone XR
Safari comes with an extension called content blocker. It is an anti-tracking and privacy related software with ad blocking tool that is equipped to the browser. Since the release of iOS 9, content-blocking extensions were installed on the Safari app. When enabled, content blockers can affect which type of content is loaded while using the Safari app including cookies, images, resources, pop-ups and other contents.
To get started in using content blockers on your iPhone XR Safari, open the App Store and download a content block app you want to use. Among the apps that work great with Safari Content Blocker are Crystal Adblock, Purify and 1Blocker, to name some. After downloading and installing your preferred content blocker, continue with these steps:
- Tap Settings from the Home screen.
- Scroll down and tap on Safari.
- Tap Content Blockers then set up the extensions based on your preferences. This option may not be visible if there is no content blocker installed on the phone.
You can use more than one content blocker on your iOS device.
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