How to Delete Previous Pages on the Internet on an iPad
By David Nield
By default, the iPad's Safari browser records your movements on the Web, enabling you to retrace your steps and return to pages you've previously visited. If you want to erase this information -- before you pass the device on to a colleague, for example -- Safari provides a built-in tool for the task. Many other third-party browsers apps for the iPad, such as Google Chrome, also allow you to delete your Internet browsing history.
Open the "Settings" app on the iPad home screen. Tap the "Safari" entry.
Tap "Clear History" and then select "Clear" to confirm.
Tap "Clear Cookies and Data" if you want to remove information stored by Safari about your location, login details, website preferences and other personalized data. Select "Clear" to confirm.
Online Web services such as Bing and Google may store your Internet search history online depending on the way you configured your account and whether you signed into it using Safari for iPad. Clearing the cookies and data from Safari logs you out of all websites and services and keeps this information protected from the next person who uses your iPad.
Consult help files for instructions to clear previous pages stored with other browser apps on your iPad. In the case of Google Chrome, for example, choose "Settings" from the Chrome menu. Select "Privacy" and choose "Clear Browsing History." Options to delete the temporary file cache, cookies and saved passwords are available on the same screen.
If you have Web pages stored in your Safari reading list, which is accessible from the open book icon on the toolbar, these can still be accessed after the history and browser cookies are cleared. Swipe across entries in the reading list and choose "Delete" to remove them. You might also want to delete your bookmarks from the same pop-up window.
Information in this article applies to iPad running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.