If Safari is not working on your iPhone after the most recent iOS update, you are not alone. Many users have reported that Safari is crashing, or web pages won’t load as usual.
Luckily, there are a few ways to get yourself out of this predicament. Learn why this might happen from time to time and how to fix it if the problem is on your side.
Why does Safari keep crashing on my iPhone after the update?
Safari may crash on your iPhone post-update due to several reasons: an outdated iOS version, bugs in the new update, corrupted browsing data, or conflicts with third-party apps.
It’s advisable to clear Safari’s cache, update to the latest iOS version, or consult Apple Support for a thorough resolution.
Why can’t Safari load webpages after updating to iOS 17?
Safari might struggle to load webpages after updating to iOS 17 due to several factors: network connection issues, bugs in the iOS update, incorrect Safari or system settings, or conflicts with third-party apps or extensions.
It’s wise to check your network connection, clear Safari’s cache, review Safari and system settings, or contact Apple Support for further assistance.
1. Restart your iPhone
The first thing you should do is restart your iPhone. This usually solves the majority of the most common issues.
On the other hand, if rebooting your iPhone did nothing and Safari is still not working, check the network connection.
2. Check the Network connection
Safari won’t work without the network connection, so we encourage you to check for possible connectivity issues.
Here are some common things you can do in case you have connectivity issues on your iPhone:
- Test the network in other apps that require the internet to work.
- Restart the router and modem.
- Forget and reconnect to the network that’s troubling you.
- Disable VPN or proxy temporarily.
- Reset Network Settings on your iPhone in case nothing else works.
In case you use Cellular data besides the Wi-Fi network, confirm that Cellular data is allowed in Safari settings.
Here’s how you can enable Cellular data for Safari in your iPhone settings:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Tap Cellular.
- Swipe down and ensure that Safari is allowed to use Cellular data.
3. Check Screen Time settings
Under Screen Time settings, you’ll find Content & Privacy Restrictions. And, under that extensive menu, you’ll see a variety of options to limit access to certain features and tailor the user experience for your kids.
However, it’s not unusual for iOS updates to make uncalled changes in this menu and thus block certain features or limit access to certain websites.
Here are some options you should check under Content & Privacy Restrictions to ensure that Safari is not blocked or comes with limited access:
- Open Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Select Allowed Apps.
- Ensure that Safari is, indeed, allowed.
- Get back and open Content Restrictions.
- Select Web Content and choose Unrestricted.
4. Reset Safari and clear browsing data
You can also try resetting Safari by clearing browsing data and disabling all extensions. After that, it should start working just like before.
Here’s how to clear browsing data and disable extensions in Safari:
- Open Settings.
- Select Safari.
- Scroll down and expand Extensions. Toggle off all extensions.
- Go back and select Clear History and Website Data.
- Select All History and tap Clear History.
5. Update iOS
An iOS update might include bug fixes for Safari issues; ensure your iPhone is updated to the latest iOS version. Although iPhones get automatic updates by default, you can check for available updates manually.
To check for system updates on your iPhone, open Settings > General > Software Update.
6. Use an alternative browser
Finally, if none of the recommended solutions worked for you, you can report the problem to Apple Support. Meanwhile, until they sort it out with the next update, you can switch to one of the many third-party browsers available on the App Store.
With that said, we can conclude this article. We encourage you to post alternative solutions we omitted in the comments section below. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s note: This article was initially published in August 2017. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.