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How to delete Safari from iPhone, Mac & other iOS Devices

Aug 21, 2019 · 2 min read

How to delete Safari from iPhone, Mac & other iOS Devices

When you turn on your brand-new iPhone, iPad, or Mac for the first time, you’ll find a bunch of pre-installed apps that are supposed to be helpful. Some of them can be quite useful, while others just clutter your phone and make it slower. Safari is not among the worst ones, but there definitely are better browsers out there. However, uninstalling it could be tricky. Here are some tips on how to delete Safari.

How to delete Safari from iPhone or iPad

You can’t remove Safari from your iPhone or iPad because it is deeply integrated into iOS, but you can easily remove it from your home screen. However, removing the icon doesn’t mean you delete the app or its data, like browsing data, logins, etc. Before deleting Safari, you may also want to do some clean-up.

How to delete Safari history on iPhone

If you want to delete your browsing history and website data, do the following:

1. Go to Settings;

Delete Safari history

2. Scroll down to the Safari tab;

Delete Safari history

3. Click Clear History and Website Data;

Delete Safari history

4. Click Clear History and Data to confirm your decision.

Delete Safari history

How to disable Safari

Now that all your searches, logins and other browsing data are gone, let’s turn Safari off:

1. Go to Settings;

Disable Safari

2. Tap Screen Time;

Disable Safari

3. Press on Content and Privacy Restrictions;

Disable Safari

4. Enable Content and Privacy Restrictions by clicking on the switch next to it;

Disable Safari

5. Go to Allowed Apps;

Disable Safari

6. Disable Safari by clicking on the switch next to it.

Disable Safari

Once you’re done, you will no longer see the Safari icon on your home screen and won’t be able to use it. But if you ever change your mind, you can bring it back anytime by the same procedure.

How to uninstall Safari on Mac

Removing Safari from Mac is more complicated than on your iPhone. That’s because of System Integrity Protection (SIP), a security feature Apple uses to prevent inexperienced users from accidentally breaking the OS. Safari is one of those embedded applications that can’t be modified or removed – without a few tweaks.

To delete Safari on Mac, you have to disable System Integrity Protection through the Console or by using third-party apps. However, we advise against this if you’re not a computer whizz.

Removing embedded applications puts you at risk of damaging the operating system, and your Mac may end up malfunctioning. If you aren’t an advanced user, removing Safari from the Dock, clearing your data, and replacing it with another browser might be enough.

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Paul Black
Paul Black successVerified author

Paul is a technology and art enthusiast who is always eager to explore the most up-to-date issues in cybersec and internet freedom. He is always in search for new and unexplored angles to share with his readers.


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