How to Check Safari History on Mac

Browsers like Safari keep your search history until you decide to delete it. So unless you’re browsing in private on Safari, you can check the browsing history on your Mac. Safari keeps the websites you visited for up to a year, so you can easily return to previously visited sites. 

Hi, my name is Andreas, and I love tinkering with Safari’s settings to make the most of my browsing experience. I can’t remember how many times I’ve checked my browsing history to retrieve a web page.

In this guide, I’ll tell you how you can check your Safari history. So stick around to find out.  

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Check Safari History on Mac

There are a few methods to check your Safari history on Mac and I’ll start with the easiest one.

Method 1: Check Pages You Visited From The Toolbar

Step 1: Click and hold the Back button (or the Forward button in the toolbar, or use the Touch Bar).

Step 2: Recent pages you’ve visited will appear on the small pull-down menu. Select a page

If the trackpad on your Mac supports gestures, you can swipe left or right to move through the pages of your website history.

Method 2: Check an Extensive List of Visited Pages

Step 1: Pull down the “History” menu from the main bar, and click on “Show All History”

Step 2: A list with pages will appear, showing all the pages you’ve opened in the last year.

Method 3: Check Recently Closed Pages

Choose “History” from Safari’s tab menu on your Mac. Then choose the “Recently Closed” option. By choosing this option you are able to see the last pages you recently closed. 

Method 4: Check the Last Closed Window

Step 1: Click “History” from Safari’s tab menu on your Mac, and select “Reopen Last Closed Window”. You’ll be directed to the window that you closed last.

Method 5: Reopen All Windows from Last Session

Select “History”. Choose “Reopen All Windows from Last Session”. This will function as a reset of the tabs you’ve recently opened from each open session.


Where is the Safari Browser History Stored?

Safari stores data on iCloud so that your browsing history remains consistent on your Mac and other iOS devices if you have turned on iCloud preferences

How Long Does the Safari Browser Keep History on Mac?

According to Apple, Safari can preserve your browsing history for as long as a year.

Can I Check Deleted History on the Safari Browser?

As you navigate the Safari page, scroll down to the bottom and tap on advanced options. This will direct you to the following screen, where you will see the web browsing activity for your last session. Tap on this link, and you will be able to see your deleted browser history.


There you have it, the simple steps to check your Safari history on Mac. It’s simple and easy to find a web page you’ve visited. Hope this article helps and as always, do let me know if you have any difficulties going through your history.

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