How to Recover deleted Safari Internet History on iPhone

Lost or deleted Safari browsing history on your iPhone? Keep reading to find out how to recover your internet history.

Compatibility: iOS 13 – 6 | iPhone SE / 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max / XS, XS Max / XR / X / 8, 8 Plus / iPhone 7, 7 Plus / 6s, 6s Plus / 6, 6 Plus / 5C, 5s / 5 / 4s / 4 / 3GS / 3, iPad, iPod Touch

With the fast-growing adoption of mobile devices over desktop, tablet and mobile browsing have now surpassed computer browsing. With Safari being the default browser on iOS devices, it probably holds most of your internet history. If you have accidentally deleted your browser history or you are struggling to find a website you have previously visited, keep reading to find out how you can recover it.

Method 1: Check your device for deleted Safari History

If you cannot find your Safari browsing history, the first place to look for it is on your device itself. On your iPhone, tap on the ‘Bookmark’ icon at the bottom of an open Safari tab, and then tap the clock icon – your browsing history will be listed here. If you cannot find your internet history here, you can also check the Settings on your device by following the steps below:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ on your device
  2. Scroll down and select ‘Safari’
  3. Scroll and select ‘Advanced’ towards the bottom of the screen
  4. Select ‘Website Data’
  5. Select ‘Show All Sites’ and use the search functionality to help you

However, this method will only show you the root domain of the sites you visited. If you need to find a specific page or pages, then we recommend you keep reading, as the methods below will allow you to find your full browsing history by page.

Method 2: Restore Deleted Safari History from an iTunes, Finder, or iCloud backup

When you sync your iPhone to iTunes, Finder, or iCloud, Safari history and bookmarks are included in the backup. By restoring the backup file to your device, you can get your internet history back. However, there is a potential downside to this approach – it will replace all the additional data on your device that has been created since your last backup.

To recover your Safari history without any additional data loss or the need to restore your device, you can use a data recovery tool, like Enigma Recovery, which will allow you to extract data from your device, iTunes/Finder or iCloud. Keep reading to find out more.

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Method 3: Retrieve Deleted Safari Internet History without a backup

If you have not been creating regular backups of your device, or you do not have a backup file with the Internet History that you need to recover, you can still get your data back, using Enigma Recovery. This method will also ensure that you do not need to make any changes to your device or lose any more data that was recently added to your device. If you are using iOS 13, you will need to first ensure that iTunes is set up to encrypt backups for Enigma Recovery to recover your deleted data directly from your iPhone.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Download the free trial of Enigma Recovery software and install it on your Mac or PC.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Connect your iPhone

Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC, using a USB cable. If you are using iOS 12 or below, skip straight to Step 6. If you have iOS 13 or higher installed on your iPhone, continue to the next step.

Connect your device

Step 3 – Launch iTunes

Open iTunes on your Mac or PC, making sure you have the latest version. If you are using Mac OS X Catalina 10.15 or later, open Finder.

Launch iTunes or Finder on MacOS

Step 4 – Check for Encrypted Backups

On the Device Summary screen (or the ‘General’ tab in Finder), check if the ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’ option is selected. If it is, skip ahead to Step 6.

Check for Encrypted Backups

Step 5 – Turn on Encrypted Backups

Under the ‘Automatically Back Up’ heading, click ‘This Computer’ and then click ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’. You will be prompted to set a password that will be used to encrypt your iPhone backups – make sure this is a unique, but memorable password that you will not forget! Once you have set a password, iTunes may try to initiate a backup of your device – if it does, allow this to finish and then move on to Step 6.

Turn on encrypted backups inside iTunes, to help aid safari browser history recovery

Step 6 – Start Scan

In the Enigma Recovery software, select the data type that you need to scan, in this case, ‘Safari’ and then click ‘Start Scan’.

Start scan for deleted Safari browser history

Step 7 – View recovered Safari Internet History

Once the scan is complete, you will be able to view your recovered Safari Internet History in full.

View recovered Safari Internet History

Step 8 – Save Safari Internet History

You can save recovered Safari history to your computer in a CSV, XML, PDF or XLSL file format.

Export internet history

Method 4: Retrieve Deleted Safari Internet History from iTunes or Finder

If you have a Finder or iTunes backup created before you deleted the Safari Internet history you need to recover, you can also use Enigma Recovery software to extract data directly from the backup file. This can also be used to select specific browsing history to recover, rather than needing to restore all Safari history.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Grab your PC or Mac and download Enigma Recovery from this website. Install and open the software to the start screen.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Select ‘Recover from my iTunes’

From the side menu, select ‘Recover from my iTunes’ and the software will display all the iTunes and Finder backup files you can retrieve data from.

Recover from iTunes backup

Step 3 – Choose a backup file

Select the backup file that you want to retrieve data from. Use the date column to help you decide which one to choose.

Choose itunes backup file

Step 4 – Select ‘Safari’ and scan

Select ‘Safari’ from the data set menu and start the scan to retrieve your lost Safari internet history. The scan time will depend on how much data is contained in your backup.

select safari datatype and scan

Step 5 – View retrieved Safari history

After the scan, you will be able to view retrieved Safari internet history, in the ‘Safari’ tab.

see recovered iphone safari browser history

Step 6 – Save results

You can save the results of your scan by using the ‘Export & Restore’ option. ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

export recovered iphone safari browser history

Method 5: Retrieve Deleted Safari Internet History from iCloud

Enigma Recovery software can also be used to retrieve deleted Safari Internet History from iCloud if you have an available backup file. Similarly, to Method 4, this can be used to recover specific data items directly from your backup file.

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery

Grab your PC or Mac and download Enigma Recovery from this website. Install the free trial and open the software to the start screen.

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 2 – Select ‘Recover from my iCloud’

From the side menu to the left, select ‘Recover from my iCloud’.

Recover from icloud backup

Step 3 – Log in to iCloud

Follow the instructions that appear to log into your iCloud account. The login will be the most secure as it will offer two-factor authentication. The software will not save your login details during this process.

Log into icloud

Step 4 – Select backup file

The software will display all the backup files found in your iCloud account. Select the backup file that you would like to scan for your ‘Safari’ history.

Select backup and scan

Step 5 – Scan for ‘Safari’ history

Select ‘Safari’ from the data recovery list and proceed to scan the backup file for your ‘Safari’ internet history.

Scan for recovered iphone safari browser history

Step 6 – View Safari internet history

After the software has finished scanning your iCloud backup, you will be able to view your internet history in the ‘Safari’ tab.

view recovered iphone safari browser history

Step 7 – Save data

You will be able to save the results from the scan, your internet history, through the ‘Export & Restore’ option. ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select folder location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

export recovered safari browser history

FAQs

What is Enigma Recovery?

Enigma Recovery is an iPhone data recovery product that can help you recover lost iPhone data if your phone is broken, missing, stolen or completely dead. The full version of the software will allow you to scan your iOS device, or iPhone backup created in iTunes or iCloud, for deleted data. This data includes text message, iMessages, Contacts, Notes, Calendar entries.

Is Enigma Recovery safe?

Yes, we pride ourselves on providing a safe, affordable option for the millions of iOS users who need to recover and transfer their deleted iPhone data. Our software is completely safe and will not cause any damage to your device or computer.

How long does the scan process take?

The recovery scan process can take anywhere between a few minutes to half an hour to scan. The scan time can be dramatically reduced by minimising the number of features to be included in the scan.

If you need any help at all using the Enigma Recovery software, please contact our Support Team via the live chat or visit our FAQs.

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Shaazia has been part of the Enigma Marketing Team since 2013 when we sold our first software license. She writes blogs and 'How to' articles for the website, and is passionate about helping users recover and manage their data.

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