How to Fix: Safari too many redirects occurred?

The Safari browser is privacy-centric and default browser in Apple devices. It has a built-in feature like ITP to tackle any privacy attacks or data theft. If a site is unable to resolve and redirecting to itself, we encounter ‘too many redirect’ errors in Safari. In most cases it’s the issue with the site itself, however, we can check our settings and clear site data to be assured that the issue is not in the browser.

While there are a plethora of web browsers available for the macOS and iOS, yet many users are content with Apple’s default browser.

Being able to checkmark all the important prerequisites and the fact that it is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem are two of the major reasons why users generally don’t feel a need to make a switch.

However, in spite of its perks, it does have its fair share of issues as well. Among them, the redirect issue seems to be bugging quite a few users as of late.

When they click on a link, it sends them to another page of that site, which in turn will send them back to the first link/page.

As a result, you will be stuck in an infinite redirection loop. In hindsight, there could be three plausible reasons for this error- Apple’s new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, corrupt website data, or the way in which a website is designed.

Safari cannot open the page because too many redirect occurred

There are chances that Safari is infected by malware that results in this vague behavior. Hence, we should consider removing the malware from Safari if that’s the case.

Let’s try and understand each of them as to how they could lead to the redirection issue and more importantly how to effectively deal with them.

And by the end of this guide, you will be able to fix the Safari too many redirects issues or at least identify the root cause.

Disable Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Recently Apple rolled out the Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature to the Safari browser.

Using Machine Learning, it checks out how a user interacts with a particular site and then deals with the trackers, ads, and third-party cookies accordingly. You can check ITP in action under Safari Privacy Reports feature. However, the ITP seems to be conflicting with the sites that are using an authentication service.

They are preventing the site from establishing a successful connection for the authentication procedure and are hence stuck within their own environment. This in turn gives out the redirection error. So the fix for the same is fairly simple- disable the ITP.

Note: Keeping the ITP disabled is not recommended. If you love the privacy and want to keep your data safe, then enable the Intelligent Tracking Prevention immediate after you troubleshoot the redirect loop issue

Here are the steps to disable Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) on Mac:

  1. Launch Apple Safari on Mac computer.
  2. Click on the Safari menu from the menubar options.
  3. Choose the Preferences menu from the drop-down list.
    It will open the Safari Preferences window.
  4. Switch to the Privacy tab, and uncheck the Prevent cross-site tracking option.
    Disable Prevent Cross Site Tracking for Safari ITP

That’s it. The Mac Safari’s ITP will be disabled and cross-site tracking will be enabled again. Similarly, we can also disable the ITP for iPhone or iPad Safari browser.

Here are the steps to disable Safari ITP on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch the Phone Settings on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Scroll and select the Safari app.
    It will open the Safari Settings pages.
  3. Turn off the toggle for Prevent Cross-Site Tracking option within the Safari Settings page.
    Disable Prevent Cross Site Tracking in Safari iPhone

Once you have disabled the Tracking option for your Safari browser, retry visiting the concerned site. Then verify if the too many redirects issue in Safari has been fixed or not.

Delete Website’s Data

All the redirects you perform from one site to another are stored inside the cache and cookie data. If this data gets outdated or corrupted, then there are bound to be issued with the concerned sites.

Therefore, you should consider deleting that site’s data so that it is able to generate a fresh one from scratch.

Here are the steps to delete the website data from Mac Computer:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Safari menu from the menubar, and select Preferences from the menu.
    It will open the Safari Preferences window.
  3. Switch to the Privacy tab, and hit on Manage Website Data… button.
    Safari Mac Manage Website Data button under Privacy
  4. Head over to the Search field and type the name of the website URL address.
  5. Select the site from the search result, and hit on Remove button.
    Search Select and Remove Cookies and Website Data from Safari Mac

Safari will now delete the cache and cookies of that site. Now try accessing it and check if Safari’s too many redirects issue has been fixed or not.

If you are still facing this issue, then open the Manage Website Data window, but rather than deleting the data for a particular site, hit on Remove All to delete all site data you have visited on Safari.

Remove all cookies and storage data from Safari browser

While doing so will sign you out of all the sites, it might end up rectifying the redirect issue as well, which will then definitely be worth the effort.

You can also perform similar website data clean-up on Safari for iPhone or iPad devices.

Contact Website Admin

In some instances, there might be a backend issue with a site that is constantly sending you into a redirect loop. Or the website might have intentionally done so in order to lower its bounce rate and improve the search algorithm.

Whether it is deliberate or otherwise, there’s not much you could do in such cases, apart from contacting the site’s owner.

Find the Contact Us/About Us page of that site and get in touch with them regarding this issue. They should then chalk out the best route forward to fix the issue as soon as possible.

If the website is inaccessible, you can use the domain lookup service to find and contact the website owner.

Bottom Line: Safari Redirect error

We round off the guide on how you could fix the Safari too many redirects occurred issue.

Not being able to access the desired site and instead of being caught in a redirection loop is probably the most infuriating user experience. Fortunately, you now know three different methods through which you could get out of it.

In my case, deleting that concerned site’s data (cache and cookies) did manage to rectify the underlying issue.

Do let us know which method spelled out success for you in troubleshooting and fixing the Safari redirect loop error.

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

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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