Safari not working on iOS 16? How to fix it

Safari not working on iPhone and iPad

Safari is the default browser on your iPhone or iPad, and it boasts some excellent features. But sometimes it might stop working or crash, which can hinder your day. Fortunately, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you. From tweaking the settings to updating iOS, there are a few different things worth trying. Let’s learn all about how to fix Safari not working on iPhone or iPad in iOS 16.

  1. Ensure that you have allowed Safari to use Cellular
  2. Clear Safari History and Website Data
  3. Reset your iPhone or iPad to Factory Settings
  4. Update iOS
  5. Restore your device

1. Ensure that you have allowed Safari to use Cellular

When using cellular, be sure you have allowed the web browser to have access to the data. You may have disabled its data access and forgot. Open the Settings app on your iOS device → Cellular → Scroll down and make sure the switch next to Safari is ON.

Allowed Safari to Use Cellular on iPhone

If this was the case, you have already fixed the hurdle.

2. Clear Safari History and Website Data

Another solution I would suggest you try out is clean up Safari. Perhaps you haven’t cleared out the cached files for a long time, and the junkies have piled up to become problematic for the web browser. A complete cleanup might resolve the issue.

Once your device has restarted, launch Safari. It should be working perfectly.

3. Reset your iPhone or iPad to Factory Settings

If you are still struggling to fix Safari on your iOS device, try resetting your device to factory settings. Keep in mind, it will get rid of all the existing settings and website login details but your media and data will remain untouched.

  1. Open Settings appGeneralReset.
  2. Now, tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.


Once your device is reset to default settings, the problem should be resolved. If it’s the case, wonderful! However, if the issue is still there, move to the next solution.

4. Update iOS

Software Update is almost always packed with numerous bug fixes and performance improvements. Therefore, it’s worth updating the device to the newest iOS version. Just ensure your iPhone has enough juice (at least 50%) and connected to the Wi-Fi network.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device → General.
  2. Now, tap on Software Update. Then, tap on Download and Install.


In ten out of ten cases, the update can get rid of this issue. I hope it has stayed true to its reputation.

5. Restore your device

No solution as yet? Restore your device as new or from the previous backup. Known to be a nuclear solution, hopefully, it gets the job done for you.

That’s all, folks!

So, where are you standing now? Solved the issue or still struggling to overcome it? Do not forget to let us know your feedback down below in the comments.

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