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Question: Only 2 days of history in Safari (High Sierra)

Since upgrading to High Sierra (currently I am using 10.13.1), my Safari history only covers the current day and the day before. All entries older than two days (or actually maybe older than 24 hours!) are gone. Setting "Remove history items" is (and always has been) set to "Manually" which means "never" to me. I am actively relying on my browser history since I do not maintain bookmarks anymore.


1 - How can I convince Safari to behave according to its setting?

2 - How can I restore my older history items?


Thanks in advance.

iMac with Retina 5K display, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 14, 2017 6:54 AM in response to Kater_S In response to Kater_S

Might be a corrupt .plist.


Do a backup, preferably 2 backups on 2 separate drives.


Quit the application.


Go to Finder and select your user/home folder. With that Finder window as the front window, either select Finder/View/Show View options or go command - J. When the View options opens, check ’Show Library Folder’. That should make your user library folder visible in your user/home folder. Select Library. Then go to Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist. Move the .plist to your desktop.


Restart the computer, open the application, and test. If it works okay, delete the plist from the desktop.


If the application is the same, return the .plist to where you got it from, overwriting the newer one.


This may require a reset of some other Preferences.


Thanks to leonie for some information contained in this.


There is no way I know of to recover all of your history.

Nov 14, 2017 6:54 AM

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