How on earth do you really remove safari history??

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    OK guys I guess many of you have seen the settings in the ipad regarding the supposid ,delete history, cookies, cache.
    But as most will also find it clearly does not work.

    As will a google search find the same info, so guys someone please can someone tell me finally how on earth do I properly remove my browser history.

    And yes, ive cleared, cach, cookies, history, in settings, and still, when I type any letter in the address bar, it still shows the history.

    Can't believe this doesn't work properly, it's a massive security flaw.
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    Through iFile or SHH can u permanent delete your history, but be carfull if u use one of these, messing with the wrong files can seriously mess upp your iPad.
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    Appreciate the reply,but any chance you can explain that a little clearer to the noob.

    Thanks
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    Both way´s given before requires a jailbroken/jailbreaked iPad.

    iFile
    iFile Is the easy, It´s a free download app from Cydia or Rock that comes along with the / a jailbreak.
    A File Manager and Viewer for your iPad.

    iFile is a file manager runnning under user root.
    Works for iPhone, iPod touch and now Ipad.
    It allows fast navigation through the iPad´s file system. You can directly view files of various types, e.g. movies, sound, text, HTML, Microsoft types, PDF, various compressed formats. For PDF files direct jumping to pages is possible. ZIP packing and compressed file unpacking is also supported. Files can be sent as email attachments. Text files and property lists can be edited. Folders and files can be bookmarked. In addition, files can be uploaded and downloaded from iFile's built-in web server.

    ex:
    [​IMG]





    SHH (WinSCP or CyberDuck)
    A little more trickier then iFile, the features Is like iFile, but the biggest differens Is that i can get access to the iPads "root" remotly by wireless (Wi-FI) from your PC or MAC and from there browse In the depth of the content on your iPad. Suports drag and drop, copy paste etc. Just drag a for ex a movie to somewhere destination on your ipad and viola, there It Is. U can also install ipa or Deb files directly on your ipad without going trough iTunes.
    Edit files etc.


    ex: WinSCP for PC
    [​IMG]
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    you guys make this way to complicated.


    go into settings and clear your history.
    Then open safari and go to the bookmark button.
    under history you have the option to clear history, it will then be gone.
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    Did u read his post !

    His history didn´t dissapear.
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    I agree , your making it too complicated. Although tozol deleted it in settings, he didn't clear it in the browser.

    Open your safari browser

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    The one thing I like about Joy's posts.... I don't need my glasses!
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    :)

    even my handwriting in papers are huge ;)
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    Clearing history from settings or the bookmarks bar does not clear previously viewed urls from open "pages." To clear previously viewed urls, click the double square pages icon in the Safari bar on the iPad and delete all currently populated pages until only a "new page" holder remains.
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    I have done each and every one of these things numerous times and still have 16 url's that pop up when I go to type a new address. They will not clear........period.
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    Maybe a picture will help? Lightyear04 included the hint to remove all active pages so that all that remains is 'new page' when you pick new page you need to clear history. Once that part is done, you will have no history.

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    Pictures don't matter and neither do red line drawings... I have done all those things in this post and all other posts I have seen everywhere. I have cleared all the current pages and deleted all history, cache, cookies in Safari.

    What I finally discovered is that I have some bookmarks saved in Yahoo on my other computer in folders that show up in Safari on my IPad. I went back to Yahoo and deleted those bookmarks. You can also click on the Open Book on Safari on the iPad, click on BOOKMARKS, find the bookmark or bookmarks that are showing up in the URL's, select EDIT, highlight the red circle by the BOOKMARK, press DELETE, to delete the BOOKMARKS, then deleted the HISTORY like previously described, then go to Settings, Safari, then clear the cookies, history and cache, as previously suggested and they finally disappear.

    So the problem appears to be in what you have previously bookmarked on Yahoo on this or any other computer and not what is on iPad.
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    I was going to say that if you type what you have in book marks they will offer an autofill, although this is obviously not a history.

    You don't have to import the bookmarks from your computer unless you want them synched. In the iTunes preferences you can choose to synch or not almost everything - apps, music, video, photos, contacts, bookmarks, etc.
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    Just to add my 2 pence here, I STILL have problems with the address bar history never being removed, so much so I gave up on even trying a while ago.

    Example, just this second tried to type www, in the bar on a new page, and, history that I can tell you right now, 1. Not been used for over 2 years , and 2. Things on there that I would really liked to disappear.

    Have to say it's crap that there isn't a "proper" definitive "remove" history, that actually does it's job.
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    Odd. I just tested on my iPad, and the only thing that shows up on mine are the things I have bookmarked on the iPad. I don't synch my bookmarks to any other device.

    If yours is behaving differently, you might want to visit the Genius Bar. Don't forget to backup your device before you go, in case they replace your device.
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    I think my problem was that 'way back' when I got the iPad, I must have unknowlingly and mistakenly checked the part that synched my 'bookmarks' without realizing the ramifications. In any case, once I deleted those bookmarks, the iPad Safari stopped popping up the 16 or so URLs when I began entering an address. I am going to go back to iTunes and see if I can revise that selection.
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    @tozol -

    I would agree with USBill. I synch all the time, delete history all the time, cookies, etc, and have never had a problem with any of them showing up.

    An alternative that you might want to look at is iCab Mobile browser - they have a privacy mode, and it never saves history, cookies, etc - and you can even verify in the options because it has those things that you can look at, so you can delete individual cookies, etc. The way you truly have to clear it though is before closing, go to the select windows screen, and delete the window you were viewing, rather than just closing the app. When you open it again, you will default to iCab home site, and no information will otherwise be in the app.

    It is a great browser too BTW. (I am not affiliated with them, just found it to be my favorite other than Safari).
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    Safari- does closing sessions delete history?

    So, here is my question.

    When I close out of all my open sessions by going to the header in Safari, clicking the tab which shows number of open sessions, and then individually deleting those open pages, so all I have there is the "new page" template, does that remove those sites from my history as well?

    Thanks!
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    No, that won't delete any of the history actually. First, do what you describe above and close all the pages.

    Then, go into the settings app, then find the safari tab. Down at the bottom you will see tabs for clear history, cookies and cache... Press each of these - theoretically, one should not need to press the cookies, and cache clear. That is the best you can do for safari...

    Safari does not really do a very good job of clearing things. If you really want a "privacy mode" you will need to get a 3rd party browser. There a number of reasonable ones. My favorite is iCab.

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