Apple’s Safari browser comes pre-installed on all of its products. Be it the Macbook, iMac, iPhone, or iPad, the Safari browser is always there. Apple wants you to use Safari instead of other browsers.
While it is a really good browser, it does face occasional hiccups and issues. Sometimes, the browser may not open or crash, or it is very slow. These are some of the common issues faced by regular Safari users. There are plenty of ways to fix Safari not working properly.
If the Safari browser isn’t working properly, you can follow the steps below to get it running again. In this post, we are going to talk about how to fix Safari not working on iOS.
Things That Don’t Work in Safari
When we say not working, it could also mean that the browser is crashing, is very slow, doesn’t load certain websites, or doesn’t launch at all. There are plenty of ways for the Safari browser to not work properly and it happens on iOS.
Problems with the Safari browser for iOS is pretty rare. Apple has done a great job of optimizing the app for the latest versions of iOS. If you are on an older iOS version, you might face some issues. However, some users are still facing bugs and issues with Safari browser running on newer versions of iOS. Try the steps below to fix any issues with Safari not working properly.
1. Restart Safari Browser
Open the app switcher on your iOS device and force close the Safari browser. This is the first thing you should do if the Safari browser is acting up on your iDevice.
2. Connect to a Different Network
Sometimes, the cause of the issue could be a bad or slow network connection. If you are using Safari on a Wi-Fi network, make sure that the network is stable and you have good connectivity.
Bad range can cause issues with Safari loading pages. Same thing goes for cellular network. Check if your cellular data is working correctly. It is possible that you are in a low network area and may not actually be connected to the internet.
3. Reset Network Settings
On your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, head to Settings > General > Reset > and Reset Network Settings. This should fix any network issues and make Safari work properly again. Once you do this, you will need to enter your Wi-Fi password once again.
4. Clear Cache/History/Data on Safari
At times, if your Safari browser has too much data and cache, it will not work properly and will be very slow. There’s an easy fix to this, and that’s to clear all the history, cache and other website data.
To do this, head to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. Remember, you will lose all your browsing history, saved login information, website preferences, etc. However, this should clean your Safari and make it work properly once again.
5. Restart your iDevice
If none of the above makes your Safari work properly, you may need to restart your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You may want to hard reset your device by pressing the Power button + Home button on older devices, and Power button + Volume button on newer devices. Hold both the keys till the Apple logo appears.
If you have an iPhone 7 or above:
1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.
2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear. This should clear all apps and force close Safari. After the reboot, launch Safari and check if it is working properly.
If you have an iPhone X or 8:
1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.
2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.
3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.
To force restart iPads with home buttons:
1. Hold down the Home button and the power button.
2. Keep both buttons held until the Apple logo appears.
3. Let go of the buttons.
4. Wait for your iPad to restart.
To force restart iPads without a home button:
1. Press and release the Volume Up button.
2. Press and release the Volume Down button.
6. Update OS
If the problem with Safari is still occurring, you can update your operating system. Bugs are common in old software and they can cause problems with apps such as Safari. To update the OS, you need to go to Settings > General > Software Update > Install. When the OS is updated, check if Safari is working.