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How to Fix: Safari Keeps Crashing on iPhone/iPad?

Safari Browser is full of features that make it easy to use for users, but sometimes the Safari browser might crash on your iPhone or iPad. So, in such cases, you can try out different fixes, such as restarting your iPhone/iPad, updating to the latest version, clearing browsing history and website data, turning off JavaScript, and disabling iCloud and Safari syncing. 

Safari is the default web browser that comes with Apple devices. The Safari browser is capable and packed with the latest features and security protocols. But still, you might face several scenarios where Safari keeps crashing on your iPhone or iPad devices.

I’ve been using the Safari browser for a long time, and this random crashing of the browser on my iPhone stutters the functionality of web browsing. And to my surprise, some of my friends faced the same issue.

To solve this Safari crashing issue, we researched a few reasons behind it and a few solutions that can fix these crashes.

Here are some troubleshooting steps that helped me fix the issue with the Safari browser on the iPhone. These methods should also help in resolving iPad Safari crashing.

Restart your iPhone

This is an essential thing one should give a try. Just like a PC, your iPhone needs to restart sometimes.

Restarting your phone will give it a new process to start. More specifically, restarting your phone clears the memory, deletes all the temporary files, and restores all the stuff to a cleaner state.

If your Safari crashes because of some temporary files, it will not crash again. Just revisit the site to check if Safari is fixed.

Update iOS/iPadOS

All the apps need to be updated to work with the newer version of iOS. Now, if you have a Safari version incompatible with older iOS, it may cause a crash.

Even if crashing is not an issue, you should update to the latest iOS, as Apple provides various bug fixes and security upgrades with new updates. This means that the newer iOS may have a fix for crashes.

Here are the steps to update the Safari iOS version on iPhone/iPad:

  1. Open your Settings app on iOS.
  2. Select the General tab from the list of options.
    iOS General Settings
  3. Tap on the Software Update tab within General settings.
    iOS will check for the update and if there are updates available.
  4. Install the new version by tapping on the Download and Install command option.
    Download and Install iOS updates on iPhone

Wait for the update to get installed on your iPhone, and check the Safari browser to see if it is working without any issues.

Clear Safari History and Website Data

Safari browser stores various site data, history, cache, and cookies on your iPhone. This stored data makes loading faster if you are using some sites frequently. However, sometimes these files and data get corrupted, and as a result, it crashes the browser.

The simple way to fix this is to clear this data. Before that, backup your website data if you need it later, as this will remove this data from your iPhone and iCloud.

Here are the steps to clear history and website data:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on the Safari tab from the list.
  3. Tap the Clear History and Data option under the About Safari & Privacy… section.
    Clear History and Data storage from Safari iOS

This will delete the Safari browser’s cache, cookies data, and browsing history. Recheck your safari browser if the crashing issue remains after clearing the data.

Turn off JavaScript

A lot of websites use a programming language named Javascript. This programming language provides all the features and animations for the website.

It is a great thing, but when the code is not written carefully, it may not load the websites rightly, and this can cause the Safari browser to crash on iPhone or iPad.

Here are the steps to disable the JavaScript option:

  1. Open the Settings app on iOS
  2. Tap on the Safari tab within Settings.
  3. Scroll down and open the Advanced option.
  4. Now toggle the Javascript option slider to disable it.
    Enable and Disable JavaScript on iPhone Safari

This will immediately disable the JavaScript execution and fix your Safari crashing issue.

Disable iCloud and Safari syncing

The iCloud feature syncs all your Safari data with iCloud. If you tried all the above solutions and your Safari browser is still crashing, the problem might be with iCloud and not your phone.

This syncing feature might be helpful, but there are chances that it is a reason behind Safari crashes. It would be best if you tried disabling and re-enabling iCloud Sync.

Here are the steps to disable iCloud and Safari browser sync:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Tap on an Apple ID name that is available within Settings.
    iCloud Account Settings in Apple ID page
  3. Tap on the iCloud option.
  4. Disable the toggle button against Safari to disable iCloud Sync.Disable iCloud Sync for Safari browser

That’s all. This will fix your Safari crashes. You can re-enable iCloud Sync. Else the Safari open tabs will not sync across devices.

Bottom Line: Safari Crashing on iPhone

To sum up, these solutions helped me and my friends to fix the annoying Safari crashed error on iPhone, and I’m sure one of these will surely fix your problem.

Most of the problem was due to storage accumulated over time for cache and cookies. Hence, clearing the cache immediately resolved the problem with Safari crashing.

However, if these solutions fail, you can contact Apple technical support and report your issue. Technical support will help you with the fix.

That’s all for this guide. Hopefully, this helps you in fixing your Safari crash issue. Let us know if anything else has worked for you in resolving the issue.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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4 thoughts on “How to Fix: Safari Keeps Crashing on iPhone/iPad?”

  1. Brilliant! – don’t know which of the last two options fixed my problem but it’s back working again now…thank you

  2. Well, thanks for sharing this post. I met with this issue on my iPhone 11 several days ago and this article helped me a lot. i also saw some people introducing other fixes such as restoring iPhone via iTunes, using professional iOS system repair tools such as Joyoshare iOS System Recovery. Overall, your article is useful and I will share with other people in need.

  3. Im trying to go to settings on safari but it wont work becasue when I pressed enter it started reloading then said it crashed. It wont let me do anything without it crashing. How do you fix it?

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