How to Automatically Clear History Every Week in Safari on a Mac

Clearing the history in your Web browser is a helpful way to remove data that the browser has stored over time. But it can be difficult to remember to do it unless yu have a problem.

Fortunately the Safari browser on your Mac has a setting that will have it clear the history automatically after a set amount of time. There are several options available to you concerning the amount of time that it waits. Our tutorial below will show you how to configure this setting.


How to Have Safari on a Mac Clear History Automatically

The steps in this article were performed on a MacBook Air using macOS High Sierra. By completing the steps in this guide you will change the settings in Safari so that it automatically clears your history after a specific amount of time.

Step 1: Open Safari.


Step 2: Click Safari at the top of the screen, then select the Preferences option.

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Step 3: Click the General button at the top of the Preferences window.

click the general tab



Step 4: Click the dropdown menu to the right of Remove history items, then choose the amount of time after which you would like Safari to automatically clear your history.

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You have the option of having Safari clear your history automatically in the following intervals:

  • After one day
  • After one week
  • After two weeks
  • After one month
  • After one year
  • Manually


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