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Disable the Safari App on iPhone/iPad

Do you need to disable the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad? Learn how to manage and disable the browser on your device.

Technically it isn’t possible to uninstall the system app like Safari browser from iPhone or iPad. However, we can hide the Safari app from App Library list using the Content and Privacy Restriction menu under Phone Settings. Visit the Screen Time menu under General Settings and disable the toggle for the Safari under Allowed App section to turn off.

Hide Safari browser on iPhone or iPad

Safari app is the default browser for the Apple ecosystem. While it does its job decently and beholds many valuable functionalities, it isn’t the only one out there.

So if you plan to switch to another browser but don’t wish to uninstall Safari completely, there’s a handy way out. You could easily hide this app so that it (or any of its processes) doesn’t cause any hindrance.

All this is made possible thanks to the iPhone’s Content & Privacy Restriction. Moreover, apart from the usage above, this feature could also be helpful for parents. They could use it if they wish to restrict their children’s internet usage.

These are just some of the benefits where it could prove to be a handy utility; there could be many more. So without any further ado, let’s now check out the steps to use this feature and disable Safari on iPhone and iPad devices.

Disable Safari on iPhone/iPad (iOS 12+)

The Safari browser is a system app that doesn’t get uninstalled, just like Google Chrome for Android. However, we can disable the app and stop all the running processes using the Content & Privacy Restriction option in iOS.

  1. Head over to the Settings app on your device.
  2. Go to the Screen Time option menu.
  3. Tap to enable Turn on Screen Time.
    Turn on Screen Time tracker in iPhone and iPadIf this is the first time you have enabled it, you might get an information screen.
  4. Read the instructions, and hit the Continue command button.
  5. Now tap on Use Screen Time Password.
    It will now ask for a four-digit passcode. Create a strong one and then retype it to confirm it. Remember it, as it could come in handy later on.
  6. Go to the Content & Privacy Restriction menu.
    iOS Settings to Enable the Content and Privacy Restriction
  7. Now enable the toggle for Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  8. Select the Allowed Apps menu section.
  9. Please scroll to the Safari app and turn off its toggle.
    Enable Content and Privacy to Disable Safari from Allowed Apps

That’s it. Safari will now be hidden from your device. You can check your iPhone or iPad for the Safari app.

Disable Safari on iOS 11 and earlier

If you are using an older phone that runs on iOS 11 and earlier versions, then you can follow these steps to disable Safari.

  1. Launch the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Head over to the General section, and select the Restrictions menu.
    iOS General Settings Restriction option
  3. Tap on the Enable Restrictions option.
    Enable Restriction option in iOS
  4. Create a passcode, and re-enter to confirm.
    Enter Passcode in iPhone
  5. Disable the toggle next to Safari from ALLOW section.
    Disable Safari App from Restrictions tab

This will restrict the Safari browser and allow other apps that are enabled. You can check if the Safari app has been disabled from your iOS device.

Bottom Line

So this was all from this guide on disabling Safari on your iPhone or iPad. We have shared the iOS/iPad 11 or lower steps and the 12 and above versions.

If you wish to revert this decision and re-access Safari at any point, head over to the Content & Privacy Restriction, verify your identity via the Passcode, and enable the toggle next to Safari.

Unrestricted access to the online world is never a safe option, especially for children. In this regard, this feature will help adults stop their children’s online browsing activities.

What do you think of this feature to restrict the Safari browser on your device? You can similarly block any app instead of Safari.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

2 comments and feedback

  1. This actually doesn’t work to block safari anymore.
    I have it disabled in down time, but it is still allowed, with unrestricted access.

    1. Hello, the Down Time may not restrict the system apps or Safari app. If you carefully follow the steps in the guide, you will notice the Content & Privacy Restriction option that will hide the Safari app from the App Library and even Search. Alternatively, you can set the ‘App Limit’ to restrict the Safari browser to stop after certain time period.

      Ensure that you’ve not add the Safari under ‘Always Allowed’ app.

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