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How to Use Safari, the iPhone Browser

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Security settings for Safari on iPhone

Change Default Search Engine
Next to the address bar at the top of the Safari page is a shortcut to a search engine. This lets you enter the thing you want to search for and get results with one tap, rather than having to go to the search engine and then enter it. The default search engine on the iOS is Google, but you can change that:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Tap the first option, Search Engine
  4. On the next screen, tap the search engine you want to use as your default and you'll have set it.

You can also use Safari's search bar to search for content on a webpage, not just at a search engine. Learn how to use Find on Page here.


Clearing History and Cookies
If you want to delete your iPhone browsing history or cookies (small files added to your browser used to track you online or let you easily log in to your accounts), do the following:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. Scroll down to the Clear History button. Tap it to delete the record of the pages you've visited in Safari.
  4. You can also tap Clear Cookies to remove the cookies from your iPhone (though be aware that this may require you to log in again at some websites where you have accounts).

Private Browsing
In iOS 5, the Private Browsing feature prevents Safari from saving any information about your web browsing--history, cookies, other files--as long as it's turned on. This is great if you don't want to leave any information about what sites you've visited on your phone. Here's how to turn it on:

  1. From the home screen, tap on the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to the Safari item and tap on it
  3. In the Private Browsing section, move the slider to On.


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