I want to clear my recently closed tabs but I still want to keep my Safari history. To open my recently closed tabs, I need to long press the "+" button and then it appears.

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This answer says how to delete the recently closed tabs but, while doing this, you'll need to delete the history, and I don't want this. It says about the same thing when I google it.

I am on iPad 6th gen with iPadOS 16.2 and iPhone 12 Pro with iOS 16.3.1. But I need this only on my iPad because I don't have anything precious in my iPhone history.

My question is : Would it be possible to delete at least some recently closed tabs (in Safari) but still keeping my history, and, if possible, how?

  • 1
    Not sure what you want to do here? What is the benefit of removing something from your recently closed tabs, but not from history?
    – nohillside
    Mar 19 at 15:59
  • @nohillside There are less recently closed tabs items that there are in history. I often use the pin option in Safari and therefore close tabs quite rarely. But since I noticed that the recently closed tabs are showing very old websites that I've visited months and months ago, I want to delete them to be able to really be careful at what I delete. Also, since I'm pinning tabs and staying on them, all the pages I go to on those tabs get saved in my history when nothing really useful is saved in recently closed tabs. :)
    – Thinkr
    Mar 19 at 16:09
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    Does this answer your question? On iOS, clear Safari history without discarding open tabs?
    – Allan
    Mar 19 at 16:16
  • @Allan No, this is not what I'm looking for, the question is about deleting Safari history. And if you read the title of my question, you should understand that I want to delete recently closed tabs WITHOUT deleting Safari history.
    – Thinkr
    Mar 19 at 16:23
  • The answer is still exactly the same: there is an issue with closing tabs and its relation to history entries.
    – Allan
    Mar 19 at 16:31

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It is not possible

You cannot suppress recently closed tabs without deleting Safari history.

Tabs are intricately linked with Safari history, and clearing Safari history entries makes : (1) the tabs get deleted, and (2), deleted the recently closed tabs "history".

Furthermore, there is no other option than deleting Safari history to delete recently closed tabs in Safari app or in Settings.

This is one of the rare issues with Safari and I hope there will soon be an option to make users able to clear that recently closed tabs «history».

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