How to Recover Deleted Safari History on Mac

Safari history, unlike local files that can be retrieved from Trash after accidental deletion, seems to be forever gone once deleted. But what if the user really needs to recover the Safari history? In this article, we will try to help you with two main solutions for Mac and Iphone.

Table of Contents

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Recover Mac Safari History
  1. 1. Sync Deleted Safari History with iCloud...Full steps
  2. 2. Recover from Time Machine Backup...Full steps
2. Recover iPhone Safari History Log into the iCloud website. You need to enter...Full steps

Apple's Safari browser keeps track of all the websites you've ever visited. In its default settings, all your browsing history is saved. In other words, you don't need to change anything to save history in Safari.

However, even if all browsing history is saved by default, it may happen that the Safari history is lost due to reasons such as accidental deletion. So how to recover lost Safari history, you can try the methods introduced in this article.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey and the latest Ventura. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

In the scan results, select the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

Is Deleted Safari History Gone Forever?

When the user deletes the Safari history, those records are really permanently deleted. At least for users, if there is no backup, it is impossible to retrieve the deleted history. So the answer is clear, if you have backed Safari history before, then you can recover deleted safari history; if not, then the deleted Safari history is forever gone.

How to Recover Deleted Safari History on Mac

First of all, we would like to introduce you to how to recover deleted Safari history on Mac. For Mac users, there are two methods that can be used, but there are certain prerequisites in order to use both methods. In the following parts, we'll go into detail about what the premise is and how to do it.

Method 1. Sync Deleted Safari History with iCloud

If you use the same Apple account for your Mac and iPhone or iPad and have Safari sync turned on in iCloud, you have a chance to sync your Safari history back to your Mac. Here's how to sync the Safari data from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. You can see your name and the avatar at the top. Tap to enter the Apple ID management page.

Step 3. Select on iCloud and scroll to the Safari app.

Step 4. Turn on the toggle button for Safari iCloud data sync.

Step 5. Select the "Keep on My iPhone" option first, and then select "Merge".

Recover deleted Safari history with iCloud

After this step, you could check the Safari history on your iPhone or iPad to see if the deleted ones are recovered.

Method 2. Recover Time Machine Backed-Up Safari History

If you have the habit of backing up data with Time Machine, congratulations, you can also restore Safari data through Time Machine backup.

Step 1. First of all, close Safari and open Finder, select Go > Go to Folder.

Step 2. Enter the path ~/Library/Safari and click Go. It will directly lead you to a specific location.

Step 3. Check if there is a History.db file.

Step 4. Connect your Time Machine drive to Mac. Make sure you have backed Safari with Time Machine before.

Step 5. Enter Time Machine and search if there's a History.db file in the Safari backup content.

Step 6. Make sure the selected version of the backup contains your deleted Safari history.

Step 7. Click Restore to retrieve the selected file.

Restore Time Machine Backup files

How to Recover Deleted Safari History on iPhone

In this part, we'll cover how to restore your Safari history if you've deleted it on your iPhone.

Step 1. Log into the iCloud website. You need to enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Click Account Settings, scroll down to the bottom, you can see the Advanced part.

iCloud Account Settings Advanced

Step 3. Click Restore Bookmarks, if the deleted Safari history has been added to the bookmark, you can restore it from here.

Restore Bookmarks

Final Words

Now, there are many backup methods for both Mac and Windows computers, you can choose to use the built-in backup tool, or you can choose a third-party backup software you trust. Backing up your data regularly can protect you from data loss, but what if you have already lost your data and haven't backed it up? Don't worry, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is designed for this situation.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.

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Written by Jean

Since graduating from university, Jean has been writing tech articles and has been a valuable member of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her areas of expertise include data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and multimedia world.

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