Although not a prominent or widespread issue, some users do face this issue where Safari crashes or freezes on their iPhones and iPads running iOS 7. This appears to be an iOS-specific issue and most users are on older iDevices running iOS 7.

Obviously, this could mostly be a processing/memory/RAM issue. And one particular fix appears to work for a lot of people. Let’s try that on your iPhone/iPad and see if it troubleshoots the problem for you.

Safari Crashes on iOS 7

Here’s How to fix Safari crashing/freezing on iOS 7 on Your iDevice

Step 1: Clearing iCloud Data

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Disable the switch for Safari
  • You will be asked to confirm the change.

Step 2: Clearing Safari Cache/History

  • Head back to the Settings app
  • Scroll down and tap on Safari
  • Tap on Clear Cache and Clear History to clear both of them. Confirm when asked to.

Step 3: Check

Try opening many webpages in multiple tabs to see if Safari stutters or freezes as before. Usually, since data is cleared, things should be fine and smooth now. However, in case Safari crashes again, you might have to resort to a hard-reset/soft-reset/restore routine.

Finally, when things are back to normal, you can re-enable iCloud’s Safari switch to get back all bookmarks, reading lists and iCloud tabs that are open on other devices.

Make sure you don’t let a lot of tabs running. Tabs accumulate over time if you don’t routinely close them. You can swipe them to the left/right to close them or you can also follow this handy tip to close all tabs at once.

One other thing to note is that the Reading List (which contains links shared by the people you follow on Twitter) is available for reading offline. This can eat up some of the memory too so you’ve got to clear the cache every once in a while if you want to keep things empty/clear.

  • Carlos

    Did all of this and safari keeps crashing.

  • Colin

    Kinda hard to get to the settings when Safari freezes so bad that I can’t even close it or minimize it. The keyboard and search bar start flashing as well

  • H. Munster

    Not a prominent or widespread issue? every ipad in my family does this. There has been a memory leak in ios safari since day one. And forget about javascript, ios implementation is horrid. Touting tablets as a replacement for laptops is ridiculous until ios is fixed.
    Software providers should be held liable for releasing flawed code. Until this is done, we will continue to see security breaches and privacy violations.