The Settings app on your iPhone provides a gateway to the various menus and options that let you customize the way your iPhone and many of its apps behave. The Safari browser, which is the default browser on the iPhone when you first get it, includes many of its own settings.
- Open Settings.
- Choose Safari.
- Select Advanced.
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.7.1 These steps will also work on many other iPhone models in most versions of iOS.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
The Safari menu icon looks like a gear. It’s indicated in the image below.
Step 2: Select the Safari option from the menu.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and select the Advanced option.
If the site still isn’t working properly, such as if your account login isn’t being remembered or a shopping cart keeps emptying, then that might be due to an issue with cookies instead. You might need to turn off the Block All Cookies option on the Safari menu to see if that fixes the problem.
If you don’t see the Settings app on your Home screen then you can swipe down from the middle of the Home screen to open Spotlight Search, then type “settings” into the search field and choose the Settings icon from the list of results.
The Advanced tab that we navigate to in the article above includes a couple of other options, such as:
- Website Data
- Web Inspector
- Remote Automation
- Experimental Features
Another Safari app setting that many people look for involves blocking cookies. You will find this setting in the Privacy & Security section on the Settings > Safari menu. Just below that section, you will find a button to Clear History and Website Data that you may wish to use if you want to delete the history of all of the Web pages that you have visited in Safari. Note that this only clears the Safari history. If you use other browsers you will also need to clear history there, too.
Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.