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You’ve spent all day on your iPhone planning your best friend’s and roommate’s surprise birthday party next week, and while you are sitting in the living room of your flat, giggling to yourself about how great this shindig is going to be, he walks through with wet hair and wearing only a towel.

“Hey, mate. My phone’s dead, and I need to call my doctor about that wart… can you let me use your iPhone?”

As you reel back in horror with the realization that you must hand over your phone to your friend that contains blatant evidence of a great deal of planning, you think of how you can purge your entire history in the next fifteen seconds. What are you going to do, my friend? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Don’t fret. Clearing your iPhone’s most personal logs is a lot easier and less complicated than a lot of people think.

Purge Your Call Records

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While the NSA and your mobile service provider Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM? Can You Escape Internet Surveillance Programs Like PRISM? Ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on PRISM, the NSA's no longer secret surveillance program, we know one thing with certainty: nothing that happens online can be considered private. Can you really escape the... Read More may have a list of all your outgoing and incoming calls stored away somewhere, you don’t have to. For some reason, a few iPhone users believe the only way to delete call records is by deleting them individually. Not so! By going into your recent calls and tapping the Edit button, you will be given the option of Clear (located in the upper lefthand corner of the screen).

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Tapping this will get rid of all your call records – pretty easy stuff, really. Furthermore, it’s a whole lot easier than deleting each and every individual call.

Clear Safari’s History

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I’m aware that some readers may use a different browser for their iPhones, but the reality is that most users are big advocates for Safari. However, the funny thing is that the way to clear your Internet history How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History As you browse the Internet, tracks of websites you visit are left on your computer, including cookies, cached websites, a history of visited sites and searches, site preferences, and more. These data reveal your browsing... Read More is within the Bookmarks section! Just go to Safari’s bookmarks, find the History folder, and tap Clear.

Alternatively, you can go into your Settings, and from there, scroll down to Safari. While you’re in Safari’s settings, you’ll easily find the options to clear your web history and all other data associated with your browser.

Furthermore, if you wish to prevent the recording of any more history from here on out, you can turn Private Browsing on from the same page. This means no more logging of websites, cookies or search terms for as long as you’ve got it enabled, and no more problems.

Delete Your Conversations

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Moving right along, you may – for whatever reason – have the need to delete your text messages. We get it. Everyone has their reasons. Maybe it’s because of an embarrassing text you accidentally sent. Perhaps it’s because you don’t want your lover to know that you have hired a hitman. Via SMS. It happens.

In a similar fashion to clearing your phone’s call records, you can go into individual message conversations, tap Edit in the top righthand corner, and you can clear your messages all in one go. Even better, you can clear all of you conversations via your conversations list in the Messages app by tapping Edit in the top lefthand corner and going through the same ordeal.

Reset The Keyboard History

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Perhaps one of the most annoying and hard-to-solve issues with iOS is its keyboard history. That is, it will autocorrect or complete certain words without you finishing them on your own. This, as you may know, can lead to tons of awkward texts and emails Are You Using the Best iPhone Email Client? Are You Using the Best iPhone Email Client? The number of iPhone email clients has exploded over the last year, ever since Apple's "no two apps that do the same thing" rule appears to have been retired in favour of common sense. Apple's... Read More to various people who exist in your life. Fortunately, the solution for this is pretty simple.

All you need to do is to go into your Settings again, select General, go to Reset, and tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Boom. It was as easy as that. Now you don’t have to worry about accidentally calling your boss that special pet name that you and your co-workers came up with. Just call me a life-saver.

Nuke The Lot

Finally if you’re truly after a clean slate you can delete everything and start again. Simply head over to Settings then General and Reset and choose Erase All Content and Settings. Your phone will return itself to a factory settings, you will lose all data, call logs, photos and so on. Goodbye, cruel world!

Conclusion

Sometimes – if you’re like me – you clear you history because you’re a digital neat freak. For some reason, you are compelled to delete you usage track record in order to constantly have a clean slate. It’s no big issue.

On the other hand, there might be some of you who must clear your history for more scandalous reasons. Whatever it is, it’s not really my business. I’m just here to tell you that it’s possible.

What other ways can you clear your iPhone’s history? Do you ever clear your iPhone’s history? Should people clear their iPhone’s history?

  1. LoucyCusin
    July 11, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Just what i have experienced, in fact, for me, i just want to delete safari history, message conversion and call history. Finally i found this article. But delete them one by one in Setting or in the apps seems to be so boring, and reset iPhone may lost some important infos. After all, i choose the iMyfone Uamte pro to do it, this iPhone Data eraser can do all this in several clicks. and What's more, they are erased permanently and the erased data can not be recovered by any restore tools.

  2. Cutx Prinxe
    September 15, 2015 at 4:14 am

    my old message which i delete them but they are show how can i remove

    • andyadams
      December 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Simple deletion is not far enough. If you want to permanently clear old message and other data on iPhone, you have to use third party erasing tools. Fortunately, there are some good ones on the market already, like Giveumore iPhone Cleaner. You could have a try.

  3. Helpful
    March 21, 2015 at 11:09 am

    To anymous you could reset your phone if it's that important

  4. Anonymous
    February 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    What if you can't clear history because it's restricted

  5. Anonymous
    February 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    What if you can't clear history because it's restricted

  6. Ttyt try
    October 5, 2013 at 3:28 am

    How do u clear ur search history on the AppStore everytime I search somthing it brings up the old things I typed?

  7. Anonymous
    September 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you!!!

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