Using Safari 15.1 on macOS 10.15.7. When I clear history, for some reason there's one item in the "Recently Closed" list that keeps coming back. I even tried deleting "~/Library/Safari/History.db", and it looks like the item is gone, but then it comes right back again.

Anyone know what the heck is going on?

  • This could be a Safari iCloud History item from another device. Try turning off iCloud for Safari on all of your devices and then when you turn them back on choose Don't Sync History and see if that solves the issue.
    – John
    Commented Nov 20, 2021 at 19:34

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I found the file with the offending history item:


I deleted this file and the problem history item went away.

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    Commented Apr 16, 2023 at 7:57
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    Commented Dec 12, 2023 at 1:34

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