How To Delete History Entries In Mobile Safari Using Swipe Gestures

Regardless of how much Apple improve iOS – their mobile operating system – there are always going to be parts of the software that just don’t sit right with users. Unfortunately, you can’t please everyone all the time, but the technology giants could do a little bit more to implement certain features and capabilities that seem like a glaringly obvious omission from the OS.

The OneByOne Safari tweak that has recently landed in Cydia is an example of a package that fixes a very small issue in iOS, something which a lot of people would have hoped Apple themselves would address. In a native installation of the operating system, accessing recent browsing history and search results through Mobile Safari doesn’t offer users a great deal of control over what to do with the entries. A stock installation allows the entire browsing history to be deleted in one batch, and that is about it.

OneByOne Safari, coded by theiostream, amends the system to provide additional control to users, allowing them to handle historical deletion on a more intimate basis. It seems that Apple treats browsing history in a Boolean sense, believing that users either want it all, or want none of it, but in a lot of instances this just simply isn’t true. Being able to selectively delete individual entries in the history timeline is a very valuable feature, even if it’s just to delete that one embarrassing website you visited.

The second little nugget of functionality which OneByOne Safari offers is the ability to manually delete individual entries from the search engine bar that shows up in Mobile Safari when trying to process a search. The native Safari settings offer owners the ability to specify which search engine they would like to use, and when using that engine, it displays a list of recently searched-for items in a table view. For those who don’t wish to nuke the entire lot through settings but do want to remove individual entries, then this tweak offers that luxury.

After installation, OneByOne Safari comes equipped with its own configurable options through the Settings app, allowing users to protect the ‘Earlier Today’ folder as well as deciding whether or not the clear and edit buttons should be visible in the toolbar of Safari. No additional home screen icons are added to the device.

OneByOne Safari is available to download from the BigBoss repository for free of charge and gives no specific iOS version requirements.

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