Whenever we search for and open some websites on the browsers, the history of what websites were visited, and when were visited, is stored in the browser. We can easily access the history and see at what time stamp, and what website was being accessed. On a Mac, you might be using the Safari Browser to browse the websites. If you have a look at the history in the Safari browser, you can see that it shows only the date and not the time when the sites had been visited.
You might want to see the Safari history timestamp when the websites were visited on the Safari browser, but unfortunately, Safari does not show the time. The browsing history just shows the date.
So, let’s have a look at how can we show the timestamps when the sites were visited on safari. Firstly we need to explore that even can we see the timestamp of when we visited the website, so let’s go.
How to see time in safari history
So, when you go to your browser to show history, it usually shows the history of the websites visited by you, but datewise, not showing any timestamp associated with it. First of all, let’s see how can we view that history. For that, you just need to follow the below-mentioned steps (Please note that the below steps are for Mac –
- Just open your Safari Browser.
- Click on the history, which is located on the menu bar above.
- Then click on Show All History
- You would see the history.
You can also view some particular websites using the search bar, or you can even clear the history, from the same history option in the menu bar.
Well, this doesn’t tell so much about viewing the time in history when we visited the website. We are just able to view the history, according to date. That doesn’t solve our problem.
So, you can see that you would be able to see only the history, but not the timestamp. Usually, the history is saved in some database, which is usually present in the Safari folder inside your Library. The file is named History.db, and it would require database reading software to read the file. You can make use of the SQLite DB browser for viewing the database file. So, you just can copy the database file somewhere, and then use the Database browser to access the database. There, you can choose the browse data option, and in the table dropdown menu, you can select the history_visits. The data can be then sorted according to the visit_time column.
The thing is that the safari history timestamp is not in a human-readable format, and needs to be converted to read it.
So, to convert it to a human-readable timestamp, you can visit this site (you will be redirected to another site), where you can enter the timestamp, and convert it to a readable format.
For example, 798595656 can be a timestamp, and this makes no sense as a timestamp, but when you put it into the website, and try converting it, you would see the date and time.
Note: In the newer versions of the Safari Browser, it is nearly impossible to get the history time stamps, even if you are trying to use the SQLite DB Browser.
How to see Time in Safari History iPhone?
If you are on an iPhone, and you want to see the history in the Safari browser, it is very easy. You just need to follow the given steps –
- Open the Safari Browser.
- You can find an icon in the bottom bar, which looks like an open book. You can tap on that icon.
- Here, you can find more options, like a favorite, reading list, and history. You have to tap on the icon, which looks like a clock. It shows the history.
Here, you can see the history of all the websites that you have visited. It is present there according to the dates, or the frequent visit time, like Afternoon.
- You can click on the website from the history to visit there again. Also, you can swipe some individual entries from the list, and you can delete them. You can clear the complete history as well.
In Safari, unlike some other browsers, the history is shown in a kind of different way, in which, the time when the site was visited, is not shown, instead the history is arranged according to the date on which the site was visited.
You can access the history easily in Safari, and visit the websites that you want again, but getting the Safari history timestamp for the websites is nearly impossible on Safari, even when trying to use the DB browser.
FAQ About How to see time in safari history
Ans: To clear the browsing history in the iPhone, in the Safari browser, you just have to move to the settings in your iPhone and find the Safari option. Into the Safari option, you can find the clear History and website data option, which would delete the browsing history.
Ans: In Safari, you can just click on the bookmarks icon, which looks like the open book symbol. There, you can see the clock-like symbol, tapping on which, you can see the history.
Ans: To clear browsing history in your Safari on Mac, you just need to go to the Safari browser, and then click on History, the option present on Menu Bar, and then click on the option for Clear history.
Ans: Yes, history is tracked on Safari, while you can enjoy some amount of privacy in Safari Private Browsing, still you should be careful about being tracked.