How to delete embarrassing autofill entries on your Mac or iPhone browsers

How to delete embarrassing autofill entries on your Mac or iPhone browsers

Autofill features can be a tattletale on your life

by Jenna Roach

It’s no one else’s business what we’re searching on our personal devices.  Can we agree that no one should be able to see it.

Instead, sometimes you try to look something up, and your previous searches are listed right out in the open for everyone to see. Maybe someone saw what you were buying them for their birthday, or perhaps you had private medical information that you didn’t want anyone seeing.

Whatever the case, there’s a way to fix this, and here’s how to do it with the most commonly used web browsers from your laptop.

If you’re looking for how to do this on your Windows, PC or Android, click here.

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Chrome Browsers

First, update your Google Chrome Browser

Before you see my tips below, be sure to follow these instructions to update your Google Chrome browser. About every six weeks, Google updates its browser and often updates it along the way with security updates and other smaller cosmetic changes.   To keep your Google Chrome browser performing quickly and securely, be sure to update by following these instructions.

On a Mac

How to delete autofill in Google Chrome browser (Mac)
  • Open Chrome
  • In the top right-hand corner of your screen, click the 3 vertical dots (should be next to your profile picture)
  • Click Settings
  • In the left-hand panel, select Autofill
  • A list of items that use Autofill will appear (i.e. Password Manager, Payment Methods, etc.). Click on each one that you don’t want autofill used and toggle everything off
How to clear out existing autofill data in Google Chrome browser (Mac)
  • Open Chrome
  • In the top right-hand corner of your screen click the 3 vertical dots (should be next to your profile picture)
  • Select History, and select History again from the menu that appears
  • In the panel on the left, select Clear browsing data
  • Press the Advanced tab
  • In the Time range menu, select All time (this step may depend on what version of Chrome you have)
  • Make sure Autofill form data is checked off. Check off any other options you want to be cleared
  • Select Clear data
How to clear your browser history in Google Chrome browser (Mac)

By clearing your browser history, you will clear history, cookies, and cache which may be another way to prevent autofill suggestions from appearing

  • Click on the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window.
  • Click History from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on Clear browsing data
  • Select the time range you want to clear and make sure Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files are selected.
  • Click Clear data.

 

On an iPhone

How to delete autofill in Google Chrome browser (iPhone)
  • Open the Chrome app
  • Tap the 3 dots on the bottom-right of your screen and select Settings
  • Select Payment Methods 
  • Toggle off Save and Fill Payment Methods and press Done
  • Do the same for Password Manager and Addresses and More if you want autofill off for those options as well
How to clear out existing autofill data in Chrome (iPhone)
  • Open the Chrome app
  • Tap the 3 dots on the bottom-right of your screen
  • Scroll down a bit and select Clear browsing data
  • Adjust the Time Range at the top of the screen to say All Time
  • Make sure Autofill Data is checked off
  • Select Clear Browsing Data, then Clear Browsing Data again to confirm
How to clear your browser history in Google Chrome browser (iPhone)

By learning your browser history, you will clear history, cookies, and cache which may be another way to prevent autofill suggestions from appearing

  • Click on the three dots in the top right corner of your browser window.
  • Click History from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on Clear browsing data
  • Select the time range you want to clear and make sure Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files are selected.
  • Click Clear data.

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Safari Browsers

On a Mac

How to delete autofill in Safari (Mac)

  • Open Safari
  • At the very top of your screen next to the Apple icon, click Safari
  • Click Settings
  • Select Autofill
  • Uncheck Usernames and Passwords, as well as any options that you don’t want Safari saving autofill information for

How to clear out existing autofill data in Safari (Mac)

  • Open Safari
  • At the very top of your screen next to the Apple icon, click Safari
  • Select Clear History
  • In the Clear menu, select all history
  • Select Clear History

How to clear your browser history in Safari (Mac)

By clearing your browser history, you will clear history, cookies, and cache which may be another way to prevent autofill suggestions from appearing

  • Open Safari
  • From the menu bar, click on History
  • Click Clear History from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear your browsing history.  Either the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history.
  • Click on Clear History button to confirm.

 

On an iPhone

How to delete autofill in Safari (iPhone)

  • Open Settings
  • Select Safari
  • Under the General tab, select Autofill
  • Toggle off the options for Use Contact Info and Credit Cards

How to clear out existing autofill data in Safari (iPhone)

  • Open Safari
  • Click the icon in the bottom right that looks like an open book
  • In the bottom right-hand corner, select Clear
  • Select All time and press Done

How to clear your browser history in Safari (iPhone)

By clearing your browser history, you will clear history, cookies, and cache which may be another way to prevent autofill suggestions from appearing

  • Open settings on your iPhone
  • Scroll down and click on Safari
  • Scroll down and click on Clear History and Website Data
  • Confirm you want to clear your history and data by clicking Clear History and Data

 

On an iPad

How to delete autofill in Safari (iPhone)

  • Click the Settings app icon on the home screen to launch the settings app.
  • Click Safari.”
  • Scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.
  • Click Clear to confirm the action.

How to clear your browser history in Safari (iPhone)

By clearing your browser history, you will clear history, cookies, and cache which may be another way to prevent autofill suggestions from appearing

  • Open settings on your iPhone
  • Scroll down and click on Safari
  • Scroll down and click on Clear History and Website Data
  • Confirm you want to clear your history and data by clicking Clear History and Data

 

The above will clear all of your Safari browsing history, including autofill suggestions. If you just want to remove specific autofill suggestions, while you’re in your Safari browser, tap and hold the suggestion, and then tap “Remove” when it appears.  Please be aware that this will not remove all autofill suggestions, just the ones you remove individually.

 

 

Firefox Browsers

On a Mac

How to delete autofill in Firefox (Mac)

  • Open Firefox
  • Click the 3 lines at the top right of the screen
  • Select Settings
  • Select Privacy & Security
  • Under Forms and Autofill, uncheck the options you wish to disable Autofill for

How to clear out existing autofill data in Firefox (Mac)

  • Open Firefox
  • Click the 3 lines at the top right of the screen
  • Select Settings
  • Select Privacy & Security
  • Under Logins and Passwords, uncheck Ask to save logins and passwords for websites.
  • To clear saved logins and passwords, click Saved Logins
  • Remove any logins you don’t want to be saved

How to clear your browser history in Firefox (Mac)

  • Open Firefox
  • From the menu bar, click on History.
  • Select Clear Recent History from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear your browsing history: the last hour, today, last 2 hours, last 4 hours, everything, or custom range (select start and end dates and times for which you want to clear your browsing history).
  • Select what data you want to clear, such as browsing and download history, form and search history, cookies, cache, and active logins.
  • Click on Clear Now button to confirm.

 

On an iPhone

How to delete autofill in Firefox (iPhone)

  • Open the Firefox app
  • Tap the 3 horizontal lines in the bottom right corner
  • Select Settings
  • Under Privacy, tap Data Management
  • Select Clear Private Data and press OK to confirm

How to clear out existing autofill data in Firefox (iPhone)

  • Open the Firefox app
  • Tap the 3 horizontal lines in the bottom right corner
  • Select History
  • Tap the garbage can icon on the bottom left
  • Select Everything and press Done

 

Microsoft Edge

On a Mac

How to delete autofill in Microsoft Edge (Mac)

  • Open Microsoft Edge
  • Click the 3 dots in the top right of the screen
  • Select Settings
  • The menu should default to Profiles. If it doesn’t, select this option from the menu on the left.
  • In the Your Profile section, toggle off Passwords, Payment info, and any other options you don’t want auto-filled

How to clear out existing autofill data in Microsoft Edge (Mac)

  • Open Microsoft Edge
  • Click the 3 dots in the top right of the screen
  • Select Settings
  • Select Privacy, search, and services
  • Under Clear Browsing Data, select Choose What to Clear
  • In the Time Range menu, select All Time
  • Check off Autofill Form Data (Includes Forms and Cards). Check off any other option you want to be cleared as well.
  • Click Clear Now

How to clear out browsing history in Microsoft Edge (Mac)

  • Open Microsoft Edge
  • Click on the three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner of the window to open the Settings and More menu.
  • Click on History from the menu.
  • Click on Clear browsing data on the right side of the window.
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear your browsing history: the last hour, today, last 7 days, last 4 weeks, or all time.
  • Select the types of data you want to clear, such as browsing history, download history, cookies, and cached images and files.
  • Click Clear now button to confirm.

 

On an iPhone

How to delete autofill in Microsoft Edge (iPhone)

  • Open the Microsoft Edge app
  • Go to Settings (gear icon)
  • Find the Passwords & Accounts option
  • Tap Turn off AutoFill Passwords

How to clear out existing autofill data in Microsoft Edge (iPhone)

  • Open the Microsoft Edge app
  • Select Settings (gear icon)
  • Select Privacy, search, and services
  • Under Clear Browsing Data, select Choose What to Clear
  • In the Time Range menu, select All Time
  • Check off Autofill Form Data (Includes Forms and Cards). Check off any other option you want to be cleared as well.
  • Click Clear Now

How to clear out browsing history in Microsoft Edge (iPhone)

  • Open the Microsoft Edge app
  • Click on the three horizontal dots in the lower-right corner of the window to open the Settings and More menu.
  • Click on Settings from the menu.
  • Click on Privacy & security.
  • Click on Clear browsing data.
  • Choose the time range for which you want to clear your browsing history: the last hour, today, last 7 days, last 4 weeks, or all time.
  • Select the types of data you want to clear including browsing history, cookies, and cached data.
  • Click on Clear button to confirm.

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44 comments

John Klein February 12, 2023 - 10:23 am

How do you eliminate the autofill search suggestions using Safari on an iPad?
The iPad doesn’t have the “open book” symbol in Safari

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Kurt CyberGuy Knutsson
Kurt Knutsson February 13, 2023 - 10:47 pm

Hi John – please see our updated article with those iPad instructions.

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