Most of the iPhone and iPad users would have updated their device to the latest iOS 9. They would have been waiting eagerly to get the first glance of iOS 9. To their surprise, they will be presented with strange issues which spoil their excitement.
The iOS 9 isn't full of frustrating issues though there are some that really eats up the productivity. One of the issues is that the Safari app crashes or freezes in iOS 9 when you try to open a webpage. Fortunately, we have listed all the possible fixes to solve this issue. Check the list of fixes for complete details.
Fixes for Safari Crashing in iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad
Before reading a word further, set your iPhone or iPad to download and install the latest version of iOS 9. The Safari bug has already been addressed by Apple in iOS 9.0.1. So before coming to any drastic conclusion, check for the update and install it. Even if that does not solve the issue, you might consider reading further.
Disable Safari Suggestions
If you are already on the latest version of iOS 9 and still facing the issue, then you are not alone. There's a strange bug on Apple's server which is causing this issue. Meanwhile Apple resolves it; turn off Safari suggestions, which will restrict access to Apple Servers. To do so, go to Settings → Safari → Toggle OFF Safari Suggestions.
Another option to bypass Apple's server bug is to browse on Safari in private mode. To do so, launch Safari and then tap on the overlapping box icon located at the bottom-right side of the screen. You'll now see “Private” located at the bottom-left side of the screen. Tap on it to enable private browsing.
This is a temporary fix until Apple resolves it in next update.
Clearing Safari History
All internet browsers save cache pages and images in memory. When you launch Safari, this cache memory is accessed along with any corrupt data in this memory, which results in the crashing of Safari app. So give it a try by heading to Settings → Safari → Clear History and Website Data.
Now launch Safari and try to access any website, if it freezes again then keep reading below.
It's pretty obvious to check if Safari is not in the restricted app list, because if it is, then it won't open up. To check that go to Settings → General → Restrictions → toggle OFF Safari (If it is toggled ON).
Alternatively, you can completely disable restriction by tapping the very first option “Disable Restriction” followed by entering your Passcode.
Restart your iPhone
I am confident enough that you would have definitely done this step before checking about the issue on the internet. For those who haven't done it yet, try restarting your iPhone or iPad completely and not just sleep and wake. Launch Safari browser and try to access the internet. If it works then no need to read further but if it doesn't, you do not have an option except to read below.
Restore from Earlier Backup
If you are facing this issue recently, you might consider it to restore from a backup when your Safari app was working perfectly fine. In case you haven't backed up your device and do not have the option to restore, I am sorry to say things will get a little hard for you. Check below for other possible solutions.
Reset all Settings
Reset is the word when read creates a bit of tension. But here we won't deal with your personal data; we will just reset the settings to their factory state. To do so, go to Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings. After your iPhone or iPad restarts back to the home screen, launch Safari again to check if it is back to normal. If it isn't, keep reading.
Use other Browsers
This is an alternate option to avoid going through troubleshooting. If you aren't a diehard fan of Safari, you might want to switch to other browsers like Chrome or Firefox on your iPhone or iPad until Apple resolves the issue completely. In case you don’t want to switch to other third-party browsers, then we have very few options left.
Reset as New
Note: Before moving ahead, please make sure to have backup of your iPhone.
This is the ultimate step of self-troubleshooting. It's really painful to start everything from scratch but when you don't have any other option you have to take the tough route. So head to Settings → General → Reset → Erase All Content and Settings.
Once you setup your iPhone or iPad as new, try launching Safari app and check if it is working.
Contact Apple Customer Care
If you are reading this then it means resetting your iPhone as new has not worked. So the last window open for you is to call the Apple fellows and book an appointment. They are your only savior for Safari issue.