The Safari Web browser on your iPhone will remember your browsing history in a manner similar to what you would expect from a browser on your desktop or laptop computer. It can then apply this information in a manner that improves your browsing experience, such as it does with the Frequently Visited section that it displays when you start a new tab. This section displays a series of icons that you can tap to quickly go to the Web pages that you visit the most.
The Frequently Visited section is visible to anyone that can access your device, however, and you might prefer not to make it so easy for others to see which sites you visit the most. Fortunately you can remove the frequently visited section from Safari by making a change to the Safari settings on the device.
Disable the Frequently Visited Sites Section in Safari
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 5, in iOS 9.3. This is the section of sites show on the bottom half of a new tab that you open in Safari. Note that following these steps will not clear your history, cache, or cookies. It will simply remove the Frequently Visited section when you open a new tab in the Safari browser on your iPhone.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Open the Safari menu.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Frequently Visited. The section is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. It is turned off in the picture below.
Your iPhone’s Safari browser has a pop-up blocker. You can read this article to learn how to turn it off or on, based on your current browsing needs.