Safari not working on iPhone? 15 Ways to fix it!

Your iPhone or iPad’s default browser, Safari, has a number of great features. But occasionally, it might cease functioning or crash. Fortunately, we can provide you some advice and tricks. From changing the settings to updating iOS, there are a few things worth trying. I’ll therefore walk you through each method in this article to fix Safari not functioning on an iPhone running iOS 16.

1. Check Wi-Fi and cellular data

Try to launch Chrome or any other social media programme to see if you can still maintain a reliable internet connection. Check your Wi-Fi router as well. You can switch it off, unhook it, then plug it back in to the main outlet. After a brief delay, turn it on to update the network. Alternately, you can join other Wi-Fi networks that are accessible.

In addition, I advise briefly turning on Aeroplane mode before disabling it. Your network will be refreshed. After that, try the following fixes if Safari loads and functions but the other apps don’t.

2. Turn off VPN

Sometimes VPN service providers suffer outages, or the region server may go down. It hampers the internet speed and the network connection. 

If you use VPN on your iPhone, disable it and launch Safari again.

3. Enable cellular data for Safari

You may disable cellular data for particular apps on the iPhone. Therefore, you must verify that Safari has cellular data connectivity. If Safari is flawlessly functioning on Wi-Fi, you must make the following changes for cellular data:

  1. Open the Settings app → tap Cellular.
  2. Toggle on Mobile Data next to Safari. 

    Enable cellular data for Safari on iPhone

4. Force quit Safari

I’m one of those multitaskers who keeps too many apps open at once. Additionally, the apps can lag or crash if your iPhone has storage problems. So, force the app to close and remove any additional background programmes. After that, make sure Safari is operating properly.

5. Restart your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone can resolve many iOS glitches. Safari may stop working because of internal software issues. So, you should try restarting to fix it.

6. Clear browsing data and history 

Safari cleanup is a different option I’d advise you to try. Perhaps you haven’t removed the cached files in a while, and the garbage has accumulated to the point where the web browser is having trouble. Images or page content may take a while to load in Safari.

A thorough cleaning could remedy the problem. Launch Safari after your device has restarted. It ought to be performing flawlessly.

7. Disable Safari suggestions

Sometimes, you may notice Safari crashing suddenly or freezing. Disabling the search engine suggestion can clear up the bug in this case. 

  1. Go to Settings  Safari
  2. Now toggle off Search Engine Suggestions and Safari Suggestions

    Disable Safari suggestions on iPhone 

8. Ensure screen time settings

Thanks to the Screen Time feature, you can restrict any app’s usage time. Therefore, if you’ve activated it for Safari, you can’t use it after reaching the predetermined limit. Also, check if Content Restrictions are enabled. 

  1. Open Settings → tap Screen Time.
  2. Select App Limits and check if Safari is added to the list.

    Select App Limits on iPhone
  3. If yes, then tap Safari → select Delete Limit twice.

    Delete Safari Limit in Screen Time on iPhone

9. Turn on Javascript

JavaScript makes a website interactive. So deactivating it will stop showing images, videos, or other media material on a website and cause Safari to not respond. 

  1. Go to Settings → Safari → Advanced.
  2. Toggle on JavaScript.

    Turn on Javascript in Safari on iPhone

10. Turn off Experimental Features

You may test out features that are still under development on Safari just like Chrome. However, experimental features might malfunction occasionally and obstruct your online browsing. Therefore, try turning them off and see if the issue is resolved. 

  1. Go to Settings → Safari → Advanced.

    Tap on Advanced in Safari on iPhone
  2. Choose Experimental Features.
  3. Now, turn off one toggle and try using Safari.
    Repeat this step until you find any faulty features. 

    Turn off Experimental Features on iPhone

11. Disable Hide IP address from Trackers

Apple allows you to hide your IP address in Safari to save you from trackers. However, it may create problems and prevent Safari from functioning correctly. 

  1. Open Settings  Safari.
  2. Tap Hide IP Address.
  3. Select Off.

    Disable Hide IP address from Trackers on iPhone

12. Look for faulty Safari extensions  

Extensions for Safari can make the browser more functional. However, adding too many can cause overlap and obstruct your web browsing. Some could malfunction as well. Therefore, try disabling the extensions and see if Safari still functions.

  1. Navigate to Settings → Safari → Extensions.

    Tap on Extensions in Safari on iPhone
  2. Now you will see a list of installed extensions. Tap on each extension name and toggle it off. Eventually, you will find which extension is problematic.

    Tap on each extension name and toggle it off on iPhone

13. Reset Networks Settings

For Safari to operate well and load websites rapidly, there must be a reliable internet connection. Therefore, resetting network settings is the best option if your iPhone is experiencing any network troubles.

  1. Go to Settings  General.
  2. Tap Transfer or Reset.
  3. Now choose Reset.
  4. Select Reset Network Settings.
  5. Give your passcode and tap Reset Network Settings.

    Reset network settings on an iPhone

14. Perform a Factory reset

Resetting your iPhone to factory settings is the best way to fix iOS problems. It will fix all the problematic settings and return your iPhone to its factory settings. All of your personalised settings will be deleted after the reset is complete. Now verify that Safari is operating properly.

15. Update iOS

The majority of the time, software updates are jam-packed with multiple bug fixes and performance enhancements. It is worthwhile to update the device to the most recent iOS version as a result. Make sure your iPhone is powered on and connected to a Wi-Fi network with at least 50% battery life.

  1. Go to Settings → General.
  2. Now, tap Software Update

    Tap on Software Update on iPhone
  3. Then, select Download and Install.

So, that’s all for today, folks!

An indispensable app for daily tasks is Safari. Therefore, you need to fix it as quickly as you can. I sincerely hope the troubleshooting advice you received helped you fix your iPhone’s malfunctioning Safari. If nothing functions, speak with Apple Support.

Do you still have any issues? Tell me in the comments section below. I’d reply right away.

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