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How to See Someone's Search History on iPhone&iPad with 4 Ways

author_icon Megan Evans time_icon Last updated Apr 24, 2020 05:02 pm tips_icon iPhone Monitoring

There are situations when you need to see browsing history of others. If you are a parent, the idea of not being able to know what sites your children visit is worrisome, considering the vast amount of inappropriate information available online. Similarly, you might be curious to know what your partner do on the internet. Whatever the reason is, it is significant to know what they have been searching for. There are 4 principal ways exist to look up search history on iPhone and they are explored below.

Way 1. By iPhone Search History Tracking App

Suitable users: For those who want to see their own deleted search history or someone's search history on iPhone&iPad.

If you want to see search history on iPhone, one of the most effective and reliable ways is to use a third-party app - KidsGuard Pro. Equipped with 20+ powerful monitoring abilities, KidsGuard Pro is capable of tracking not only safari history iPhone even deleted, but also other deleted data (photos, videos, messages, calls and more). It is also popular for checking someone's iPhone data because so much can be done in stealthy mode, thus ensuring that the target user is ignorant of being monitored. You don't need to access someone's iPhone if you have a backup of it on the computer.

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Why choose KidsGuard Pro to see search history on iPhone

  • This app provides existing and deleted browsing history along with date, time and title.

  • You can access the accurate url of each search history.

  • It can track catagorized bookmarks saved on safari as well.

  • It is a cutting-edge solution that can monitor messages, calls, photos, videos, WhatsApp, Line, etc.

  • It is intuitive and user-friendly because you can perform all functions in a few clicks.

  • It is compatible with all versions of iOS latest model, like iPhone 12/11/XR/XS/8/7/6/5.

  • KidsGuard Pro's data is encrypted and protected. So you have no worry about privacy leaks.

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How to find search history on iPhone with KidsGuard Pro

Step 1: Register with a valid email and subscribe to iOS plan.

register  kidsguard pro account

Step 2: Download the app onto a computer often used by target user and tap the downloaded file to install. You need a backup of target iPhone on the computer where the app is installed. Otherwise, you have to access target iPhone and connect it with the computer to make a backup. Kindly note that it may take some time to scan the backup data.

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Step 3: After scanning the data, you are directed to the dashboard where you can check safari history by tapping the button in the left side.

download kidsguard pro ios

Way 2: By Safari App Directly

Suitable users: For those who can access target's iPhone/iPad and see search history in the past month.

When asked how to see search history on iPhone, the first thought comes in mind is to find directly on the phone itself. Thanks to recent updates, Safari history can quickly locate any previously-visited websites on any iPhone device. Here is how to do it:

  1. Open the Safari app on the iPhone and click on the bookmarks icon which looks like an open book in the bar below.

  2. You can proceed to the History/Reading List section nearby.

  3. Click on the search box marked “Search History” at the top of the History section and type in the search term for the history you need to find in the search box.

see safari history on safari app

Cons of this way: The risk of not finding the deleted history and previous history in the event if you forget to back up your data regularly.

Way 3: By iPhone Settings

Suitable users: For those who can access target's iPhone/iPad and see search history for a longer period.

Although it is possible to view search history directly from safari app, it is worth noting that not all of the deleted Safari history can be retrieved this way. Also, there has been another approach that help you assess a more extended browser history easily. Here is how to check search history on iPhone:

  1. Open the settings on iPhone.

  2. Scroll down the Settings page to find Safari and then click on it to open the “Safari” settings option.

  3. At the bottom of the page, tap on the “Advanced” option to open a window displaying advanced settings for Safari.

  4. Now, click on “Website Data” to view some of the safari history.

see safari history on settings

Cons of this way: iPhone does not hold a comprehensive list. As such, if you want in-depth information or a longer browser history you will have to use other methods. Also, you can't know the timestamp when these visits happen.

Way 4: By iCloud Syncing

Suitable users: For those who can access target's iPhone/iPad and Mac. Target iCloud credentials are also needed.

Since the iCloud will automatically sync Safari history between all Mac and iOS devices using the same Apple ID and that have the feature enabled, you can check iPhone search history on any of these devices with the same Apple ID. However, the option is a bit hidden to sync Safari between target Mac and iOS devices. Now, we’ll show you how to see Safari history step by step:

  1. First, you have to signed into an iCloud account on the iOS device and navigate to the Settings app. Scroll down to enable iCloud option.

  2. In this iCloud menu, find Safari option and switch it on.

  3. Next you can leave the iPhone alone and go to the Mac part. To begin with, you have to sign in with the same iCloud ID on the iPhone.

  4. Launch the System Preferences app and click on the iCloud button. Look at the checkbox to find Safari and tap on it.

see safari history by icloud

Cons of this way: Keep in mind that if the iPhone or Mac device is offline for a while, and as a result, the Safari history get out of sync. Additionally, any deleted history on all devices using the same Apple ID will not sync and vanish automatically.

Final Words

We have concluded 4 effective ways on how to view search history on iPhone including a 3-rd app, on Mac device and on the iPhone itself. But the best option is KidsGuard Pro's Browser History Tracking because of its ability to monitor more in-depth information and deleted data, which can't be achieved by other methods. And it is very easy to use and offers several tracking features not see anywhere else. Should the need arise, this app is compatible on latest iPhone model like iPhone 12/11/XS/XR/8/7/6/5. Above all these, if you wish to check browsing history and more, consider it today and you will not regret it. It is truly the best.

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By Megan Evans

Posted on Apr 24, 2020 ( Updated: Apr 24, 2020 )

A certified content marketing specialist with great passion for Internet and online safety. She is bent on educating the audience about cyber safety tips and tricks.