iPhone tip: Have Safari remove tracking parameters from URLs

Many website addresses, a so-called URL, contain tracking parameters. These are certain strings and words that can tell the page you are viewing and the people behind it various things - which page you are accessing from, which device and operating system you are using, and so on. The whole thing is used for tracking and identification, which represents an invasion of digital privacy. That's why you can leave iOS 17 Have Safari remove the tracking parameters from URLs on the iPhone (and from iPadOS 17 on the iPad). Here you can find out how it works.

Tip: From macOS 14 Sonoma this also works on the Mac

Safari can remove tracking and fingerprinting parameters from a URL in the new Apple operating systems. Here you will find the instructions for activating the function on the iPhone from iOS 17.
Safari can remove tracking and fingerprinting parameters from a URL in the new Apple operating systems. Here you will find the instructions for activating the function on the iPhone from iOS 17.

Safari guide: Remove tracking parameters from URL

The option that you have to access via the iOS settings and in the “Safari” area is called Advanced tracking and identification protection. This is enabled by default for private browsing in private Safari tabs. You can also activate it for all Safari usage. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Opens the Settings on your Apple iPhone
  2. Scroll down a bit and tap the point Safari an
  3. There you choose at the bottom Erweitert from
  4. Tap the dot under “Data protection”. Advanced tracking and identification protection an
  5. This is where you tick the box Always while surfing
To activate extended protection against tracking and identification via website URLs, follow these steps: Settings -> Safari -> Advanced -> Advanced tracking and identification protection.
To activate extended protection against tracking and identification via website URLs, follow these steps: Settings -> Safari -> Advanced -> Advanced tracking and identification protection.

Private surfing will be even more secure from iOS 17

There are a variety of reasons for opening a private tab in Safari. Apple also knows this, which is why even more protection mechanisms have now been added to this option. In addition to the function shown above, which you can also activate for regular tabs, there is now protection via Face ID and individual use of Safari extensions for private surfing on the iPhone. The plugins are disabled by default in private mode and can be activated individually in the settings. Face ID protection ensures that only you have access to private tabs after you leave them (open regular tab, close Safari or lock iPhone).

If you open a private tab in Safari after upgrading to iOS 17, the new protection functions will be explained to you. You have to activate “Blocked private surfing” yourself or you can discard it for now.
If you open a private tab in Safari after upgrading to iOS 17, the new protection functions will be explained to you. You have to activate “Blocked private surfing” yourself or you can discard it for now.

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