How to Completely Clear Browsing/Search History on Mac

Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Nov 20, 2023

In this post, we will introduce how to clear search history on Mac (Safari & Chrome). Browser cache cleaning is also included. Keep reading!

How to clear browser history on Mac? Is clearing the search history enough? If you want a more private approach or need to free up more space, you can also clear your browser's cache and cookies.

This article provides detailed instructions on how to clear search history on Mac (including Safari, Google Chrome, and more). Plus, you can quickly clear the cache of multiple browsers at once using BuhoCleaner. Let's check it out together!

Clear Safari and Google Search History on Mac

How to Clear Search History on Mac

As Safari and Google Chrome are the two main browsers that users use most often, here we'll take these two popular browsers as examples to teach you to delete search history on Mac. Read on to learn more useful information.

How to Delete History on Safari

Safari is the built-in browser of Apple. It is convenient and easy to use for macOS/iOS devices.

There are mainly 5 ways to delete Safari history. Let’s start with the first one:

Method 1: Clear All Safari History at Once

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Safari on the Safari Menu.
  3. Find and click Clear History in the drop-down menu.
    Clear Safari History
  4. Choose the time range and click Clear History.
    Clear Safari History of Today

Method 2: Quickly Clear All Safari History

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click History on the Safari Menu.
  3. Click Clear History on the drop-down menu, and choose the time range. Then click Clear History.

Method 3: Remove All Website Data in Safari

  1. Open Safari, and click Preferences in the Safari drop-down menu.
  2. Click PrivacyManage Website Data>Remove the data you don't want or click Remove All to remove all data.
Manage Safari Website Data

Method 4: Remove History Items Automatically

  1. Open Safari, and click Preferences in the Safari drop-down menu.
  2. Click General>choose time range in the Remove history items choice.
Set Safari to Remove History Items Automatically

Method 5: Delete Specific Items

  1. Open Safari and click History on the Safari Menu.
  2. Click Show All History and choose the specific items you want to delete>Delete.

How to Clear Search History on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a very popular browser. It provides a lot of opportunities for businesses to advertise and also provides some effective solutions for users. There are mainly two ways to clear search history on Google Chrome.

Method 1: Clear Browsing Data

  1. Open Google.
  2. Find and click Clear Browsing Data in the Google drop-down Menu.
    Clear Google Browsing Data
  3. Select the time range you want to delete the browsing history and click Clear Data.
    Clear Google Chrome Browsing Data

Method 2: Clear Search History

  1. Click three dots on the right of the top navigation bar.
  2. Click History twice.
  3. Check the search history you want to delete and click Delete. / Or you can click Clear Browsing Data below it. Then follow Step 2 in Method 1.

If you are signed in to your Google account on Google Chrome, how can you delete the browsing history on your Google account of multiple devices?

  1. Click your Google account>Manage Your Google Account.
  2. Click Data & Privacy.
  3. Click My Activity.
    My Activity
  4. Click three dots.
  5. Click Delete activity byAll TimeDelete.
  1. If you delete your search history for privacy reasons, we suggest you browse the web in New Incognito Window so that you don't leave your search history behind and don't have to clear it later.
  2. You can also keep Google from tracking your activity in the first place. Click My Activitiy and turn off Web & App Activity.

Clear Browser Cache on Mac at Once - BuhoCleaner

If you are clearing your search history for privacy concerns, you can also clear your browser cache to be more private. Manually clearing the cache of one browser is possible. But if you want to clear the cache of multiple browsers at once, is there a faster and more effective way?

By comparing and choosing, we have selected a professional browser cache cleaner for you. BuhoCleaner allows you to clear the cache of multiple browsers at the same time, for example, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Here's how to use this cleaner to delete multiple browsers' caches:

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  1. Free download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click Flash CleanScanView DetailsBrowser Cache.
  3. Check the browser cache you want to remove and click Remove.
    Remove Browser Cache Using BuhoCleaner
  4. Click Continue in the popup>Done.

Of course, if you just want to delete one or two browser caches, you can follow the steps below to clear them manually:

For Safari:

  1. PreferencesAdvanced>Check Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  2. Find and click Develop on the Safari Menu>Empty Caches.

And if you are clearing your search history to free up more space. Try a professional cleaner. Delete duplicate files, junk files, large files, etc. are all available in BuhoCleaner. This helps you release your Mac space to a great extent.

How to Check if the Search History Is Erased Completely

After deleting your search history in Safari, you may want to check if the search history is erased completely. Here we provide you with an effective method to check:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go>Go to Folder.
  3. Enter ~/Library/Safari/.
  1. You can also delete search history via Finder in this way.
  2. Once deleted, you can never get your history data back.

Final Words

In this post, we offer you a tutorial on how to clear search history on Mac. In addition, if you want a faster way to clear several browsers' caches, you can try BuhoCleaner. Go and clear your search history now!

Sarahi Johns

I'm Sarahi Johns, a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad and Mac. With expertise in crafting engaging tech content, I've authored numerous articles in the past 10 years, making me a trusted source for Apple enthusiasts.