Clearing History & Data

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  1. SPROINGY

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    After I surf the 'Net with Safari, it is my habit to clear the cache- that is, go to Settings->Safari->Clear History and Website Data.

    I had a motor accident with my iPad aboard, since then, it doesn't clear- the 'Clear...Website Data' is grayed out from the start now, and stays that way, whereas before the accident, it had been bluish and turned gray after I tapped it.

    This concerns me; I like my History & Web Data cleared out after I've surfed the 'Net, this doesn't seem to be the case now.

    Has anyone had similar experience? Does anyone have a solution to this; it doesn't seem right.

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    Have you tried a reset? Hold down the Home and power buttons until you see the Apple Logo.

    You could also give Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings a try. This won't erase anything, but it will default many of your other settings. You'll want to go through them and re-tweak things to your liking.

    At first I though maybe it was staying grey because there was no website data to delete, but some experimenting showed that (on my iPad Air) the button turns back to blue every time the Settings app is opened, even if Website data shows 0 bytes under the Advanced settings.

    Another way for you to insure you are not saving website data and history is to use Safari's Private mode. You turn this on by tapping on the double square icon, then tapping on Private (so that it is highlighted). The safari browser bar will be grey instead of white, to let you know you are in Private mode.

    When in Private mode, all history and data for a site are discarded whenever you close it's tab.
     
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  3. J. A.

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    In Settings - Safari, there's a second option to clear website data:
    Scroll down to Advanced and tap it. You'll find Website Data there as well, and if you select it, another possibility to delete all of them at once:
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  4. SPROINGY

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    Thanks, guys. With all the info I get from these forums, plus the links to follow up in the User Guide, that's a lot. Really a lot!

    Much Appreciated!
     
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    Glad to help.
     
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    Everything works fine now. I can go Settings->Safari->Clear History and Website Data (which is blue again) and it works.

    I've been going through the User Guide and tweaking as I go; I guess it's related to that, no point guessing exactly what fixed this, I'm just happy to have it back as it should be!

    Thanks again!
     

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