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Fix: ‘This Version of Safari is No Longer Supported’ in Safari on iPhone

Have you encountered the 'This version of Safari is no longer supported' warning? Learn how you can troubleshoot with different methods to fix the issue.

Safari browser is upgraded regularly, it receives one major version upgrade a year and minor patch fixes and upgrade intermittently. If you haven’t upgraded your browser for long time (missing a few major upgrades), then you might encounter the error saying “This version of Safari is no longer supported”. In such case, you need to update your Safari on iPhone or iPad to make it compatible with latest web technology and tweak JavaScript settings.

Fix This Version of Safari is No Longer Supported

Usually, when trying to access a specific website using Safari browser, it will throw this error at you and won’t load the website. In this article, I have explained why you come across this warning on the Safari browser, along with valuable tips on fixing this issue.

The reasons for your encounter might be anything. You forgot to update the Safari browser app to a newer version. So, the older build of Apple’s native browsing app encounters bugs and errors. When you launch a website on Safari, that website(or some of its features) is functionally incompatible with the older version of Safari on your iPhone.

If somehow the JavaScript has been disabled on the Safari browser, then specific components of most websites will not load. That may lead to the outdated Safari build problem.

Check out these troubleshooting tips and implement them to fix the unsupported browser error in Safari on iPhone or iPad.

Install the Latest iOS Version

Currently (as of Sept 2023), Apple iPhones are running the latest iOS 17 on their system. If your iPhone is still using a previous iOS, it will have many complications in using the Safari app and accessing dynamic websites on it.

As much as installing the latest update for Safari is essential, you must also ensure to install the current iOS build on your iPhone.

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to WiFi.
  2. Launch the Settings app > tap on the General tab.
  3. Under that, select the Software Update tab.
  4. Hit on the Update Now button.
    Update iPhone to Latest Version Build

Follow the instructions to finish the update and reboot the iPhone. Once the iPhone restarts, launch Safari, browse your choice of website, and check if you are seeing the unsupported version error.

Update Safari App

The Safari browser is integrated as part of system updates in iOS or iPadOS. However, if you have an older iPhone or iPad device, the Safari app might be available as a standalone app in the App Store.

Hence, you might be required to update the Safari from the App Store. To update Safari on your device:

  1. Launch the App Store app.
  2. At the top-right corner, tap the Apple ID avatar.
    Profile icon menu in App Store on iPhone
  3. On the next page, check if Safari has an Update Pending.
  4. If a new build of Safari is available, tap on the Update command button.
  5. After updating Safari, relaunch it from the home screen or App Library.

Force Close Safari Browser

If you have installed the latest update for Safari and it is still throwing the “This version of Safari is no longer supported” at you, force close the browsing app. Then, relaunch it. iOS enthusiasts have often suggested this trick to fix random glitches with the iPhone apps. To force close the Safari app:

  1. If you use an iPhone with Touch ID, press the home button twice, OR if you have an iPhone with Face ID, then swipe up from the bottom of the display to launch the App switcher.
  2. Scroll horizontally to the Safari app card, swipe it up, and close the app.
  3. Please wait a few seconds and tap the Safari app icon to relaunch it.
    Close the Safari app from App Switcher on iPhone

Most likely, the problem should be sorted now, and you can browse your choice of websites smoothly.

Enable JavaScript on Safari iOS

To access the dynamic websites on the browser, it is essential to have JavaScript enabled, which is the Safari app for iOS. Follow the steps to enable JavaScript on Safari:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Go to Safari > Advanced.
  3. Under the Advanced section, tap the toggle beside JavaScript and enable it.
    JavaScript Toggle switch for Safari on iPhone

Use Other Browsers

If you need to browse the web for your work and Safari iOS is not responding, you can switch to other browsing apps. While Safari is secure and efficient for browsing, other valuable and resourceful browsers are equally capable as Safari.

You may consider using Safari browser alternatives on iPhone, like the Chrome browser, Mozilla Firefox, Brave browser, or Microsoft Edge. All these popular web browsers have dedicated apps on the App Store that you can download on your iPhone or iPad.

Browse Websites on Safari Without Errors

iPhone users rely primarily on the Safari browser for its secure interface. So, fixing any problem with it is essential for a smooth browsing experience. I hope you found these troubleshooting tips helpful in fixing the “This version of Safari is no longer supported” warning on the Safari browser on your iPhone or iOS devices.

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Swayam Prakash

Swayam Prakash

Swayam is a professional content creator with 6-years of experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing tech-based content for notable online publishing firms. He troubleshoots the technical issues and loves to write about it. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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