How to Fix “iPhone Safari History Deletes Itself” Issue with 4 Easy Ways

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By iMobie | Posted on: Sep. 11, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 28, 2018
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Q: Safari isn’t keeping a record of my history after each session and all of my previous histories is gone. I can no longer see website suggestions when I enter the first few letters of a website. This all started about a week ago but before that it was fine. Is there something changed in the settings?

I believe the iOS user we mentioned above is not the only one who has the problem with the Safari history deletes itself. You may also experience it or are experiencing now. When such problem knocks at your door, what should you do to get rid of it? Don’t rush to get away from it, just sit down and figure out why it comes to you and then find ways to address it. This guide is what you need, in this guide, we are going to tell you the reasons why iPhone safari history deletes itself and how to fix it.

Why iPhone Safari History Deletes Itself

There are many reasons that might lead to iPhone Safari history deletes itself. Some users hold that it is because that there’s a limited time for Safari to keep the history. If you exceed the time, then the Safari will delete the history itself. If this is the case, so how long does safari keep history?

Actually, there’s no limitation on the length of history on iOS devices, so as long as you do not delete manually, nothing will be erased. Besides this assumption, what are the real causes that might lead to this issue? Here we have prepared some possible reasons for your reference.

  1. Safari history is somehow affected by changing the time zone in the System Preferences. So if you have ever changed your time zone on iPhone, then you might lose the history of Safari.
  2. You are in Private Browsing mode. No history is stored if you are in this mode ( the address bar has a dark background).
  3. Your iPhone shutdown due to unknown reasons. If your iPhone shutdown itself normally due to hacking attack or virus attack, then you might also lose your data like Safari history on your iPhone.

Of course, there are many other reasons that could lead to this issue. Whatever the reasons, we have prepared some easy solutions for you to solve it.

How to Fix “iPhone Safari History Deletes Itself” Issue

  1. Change your iPhone’s time zone to it used to be.
  2. Go to check if you are in Private Browsing mode. Make sure it is set to OFF.
Private Browsing Mode

Private Browsing Mode

3.  If you have ever browsed some virus websites, then virus from these websites will lead to the disappearance of your Safari history. So we suggest you stop browsing the website.

4.  If those easy methods mentioned above fail to help you find the lost safari history back, you can try to restore your lost Safari history from iTunes or iCloud backup.

Before restoring from backup, something should be noted is that the restore process will erase all current data on your iPhone, so you should be careful to conduct the process. If you don’t want to lose any data, you can read the solution 5 to recover Safari history without erasing.

5. If you want to recover the Safari history without erasing, you can try to use some third-party tools to help you. Among these tools, the professional recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS is what you need. It can not only help you recover Safari history but also recover more than 20 types of other popular data like messages, contacts, calendar, photos, note, music and more, without erasing. Besides, even if you have no backup, it can also help you recover Safari history from your iPhone directly. Now free download one to find your lost Safari history back.

How to Retrieve Lost Safari History with PhoneRescue for iOS

How to Retrieve Lost Safari History with PhoneRescue for iOS

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix “iPhone Safari History deletes itself” issue. Hope this guide can help you solve your problem. If you have other questions related to iPhone Safari problem, you can leave your questions in the comments, we will try our best to help you out.


Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan as well as an anime lover. Like to share solutions on iOS and Android related problems.