How To Clear The Cache In Safari 10 On Mac In MacOS Sierra 10.12

How To Clear The Cache In Safari 10 On Mac In MacOS Sierra 10.12. This is the best and most proper way that we have found.

To empty or clear the cache in Safari 9 & 10 on Mac:
1. Click “Safari” in the upper right hand corner.
2. Choose “Preferences”.
3. Click the “Advanced” icon.
4. At the bottom of the “Advanced” options page, select of check “Show Develop Menu In Menu Bar.
5. Close the options window.
6. You will now see a new menu item in the Safari menu bar, located between “Bookmarks” and “Window” called “Develop”. Select “Develop”.
7. In the drop down, select “Empty Caches”.
8. Your Caches are now empty.

To empty or clear Cookies in Safari 9 & 10 on Mac:
1. Click “Safari” in the upper right hand corner.
2. Choose “Preferences”.
3. Click the “Privacy” icon.
4. Click the “Manage Website Data” button.
5. Click the “Remove All” button.
6. Your cookies are now removed.

To empty or clear History in Safari 9 & 10 on Mac:
1. Click “Safari” in the upper right hand corner.
2. Select “Clear History” in the drop down menu.
3. When the Clear History” window opens, click the “Clear” drop down menu and choose the length of time in history you’d like top remove, and click the “Clear History” button.

ubermac previous recipients mac mail remove

In the past in Mac Mail, if a recipient populated, there was a little trick you could perform. And that was to add the old email address to the “To” field, and then click the little arrow next to it and choose “Remove From Previous Recipients List”.

Since Updating to OS X El Capitan 10.11, and then to MacOS Sierra 10.12, I had been noticing that it didn’t seem that option appeared anymore.

So I went to do a google search and the first few answers said got do exactly what I said to do above. But I know I didn’t see that option. So A little more digging and I found an even better, fool proof way to completely remove previous recipients. Read below for that process.

  1. First and foremost, you may want to go to that person’s Contact Card in your address book and make sure to remove or delete the old email addresses that you no longer want to show up.
  2. search your address book to make sure that the address in question isn’t in a random contact card as well.
  3. Open Mac Mail and choose “Window>Previous Recipients”.
  4. Search for the name or email address that keeps showing up and delete them from here.

That should do it. And if you need further help, contact us here. Hope this helped.


For a year now, whenever I type the word “Apple” into my Safari browser bar and hit enter, I would end up at Finally, tonight, I got mad enough to take time out of my night to fix this once and for all.

Now, you’d think that being an Apple Certified technician and all, and the fact that I help people with problems like this all day every day, that I’d be able to figure this out in no time. Well let me tell you something.


I just spent a good, solid, 45 minutes googling how to remove or disable the “top hit” feature in Safari. You’d think it would be one of the options that you uncheck or disable in Safari preferences. Well trust me, I did ALL of that. Disabled autofill options, search options, deleted history, removed said bookmark, rebooted Safari, to no avail. And like your typical internet help sites, everyone and their mom had the solution. A lot of your typical “Oh just go here and do this and it’ll fix it”, and the old “Just remove the bookmark and WALLAH! It’s fixed!”.

Again. Nope.

And although some of the above suggestions may work for some people, they did not work for my situation.

So let me word my overall solution to this problem like this……

OK internet, this is what worked for me:

Current Machine and browser – 21″ iMac 2014 running MacOS Sierra 10.12
Safari Version: Version 10.0 (12602.

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the top menu bar select “Go”
  3. Hold the “Control” or “CTRL” key on your keyboard and choose “Library”. If that doesn’t work, Select “Go” and then at the bottom of that menu choose “Go To Folder” and paster this there and hit enter. ~/Library/Safari
  4. Now look for the History.db file. (In El Capitan and older OS’s, this will be called History.plist)
  5. Drag that file to the trash.
  6. Reboot Safari and test you search again to see if it’s fixed. Hopefully it is, because this was the fix for me.

Let me know if this worked for you. Hope it helps!

Update: After deleting the History.db file, I went back to, then typed apple in my Safari search bar and it did the same thing again. Only this time, when I cleared my history it fixed the issue. So this may all be related to a hanky, messed up history.db file. Let me know your thoughts.