This tutorial was last updated on September 23, 2013. It is intended for users running iOS 7 on their iPhones. If you have an older version of iOS on your device, please refer to this tutorial.
Apple's Safari browser, the default option on the iPhone, behaves like most browsers when it comes to storing private data on the device's hard drive. Items such as browsing history, cache and cookies are saved on your iPhone while you surf the Web, utilized in a number of different ways to improve your browsing experience.
These private data components, while offering conveniences such as faster load times and auto-populated forms, can also be sensitive in nature. Whether it be the password for your Gmail account or the information for your favorite credit card, much of the data left behind at the end of your browsing session could potentially be harmful if found in the wrong hands. In addition to the inherent security risk, there are also privacy issues to consider. Taking all of this into account, it is imperative that you have a good understanding of what this data is comprised of and how it can be viewed and manipulated on your iPhone. This tutorial defines each item in detail, and walks you through the process of both managing and deleting them.
It is recommended that Safari be shut down prior to deleting some of its private data components. For more information, visit our How to Kill iPhone Apps tutorial.
Click the Settings icon to get started, located on your iPhone Home Screen and circled in the example above.