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[Solved] Safari Running Slow on iPhone/iPad

author Carrie Murray
date Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Developed by Apple, Safari is supposed to work smoothly with iOS devices. However, Safari just runs extremely slow on iPhone/iPad sometimes. If Safari is not working well on your iPhone/iPad, for example:

  • Safari on your iPhone/iPad takes forever to load web page;

  • Safari lags as you try to scroll on a page;

  • Safari keep reloading pages;

  • Safari search/URL bar is slow whenever you try to type something.

Safari Runs Slow

Read this post for some useful tricks to speed up slow Safari on iPhone/iPad.

Why is Safari So Slow on my iPhone/iPad?

There are many reasons why your iPhone, iPad runs slow on the internet.

  • Poor Wi-Fi or cellular network on iPhone/iPad.

  • You are trying to load a content-heavy site. For example, when you try to load image-heavy pages of Amazon, Facebook, the Safari could be really slow.

  • Too many Apps running in the background.

  • Your iPhone/iPad is running out of memory.

  • Corrupted Internet cache on Safari.

  • Safari is outdated on your iPhone/iPad and needs to be updated.

  • If the Safari becomes slow after iOS 10/11 update, it could be the iOS update that causes the problem.

6 Tricks to Fix Safari Running Slow on iPhone/iPad

Avoid Opening Too Many Tabs/Apps Simultaneously

Safari could be noticeably slower when you open many tabs at a time, especially when your iPhone/iPad is short of storage. So when the browser becomes slow, close all unneeded tabs and see how it works.

Close Safari Tabs

Also, if you have too many apps running in the background, Safari also could lags. Close those apps that you are not using.

Clear History and Website Data on Safari

  • Open Settings on your iPhone/iPad.

  • Scroll down and find Safari.

  • Tap Safari. Scroll down to the bottom and choose Clear History and Website Data.

Clear Safari History Website Data

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Get an Ad Blocker

It will take longer to load a web page with lots of advertisements. And an Ad blocker can disable ads to load on a web page, thus help the Safari browser to load the page faster. You can find useful ad blockers on App Store.

Disable JavaScript

Disabling JavaScript can help to speed up Safari. However, some interactive elements might fail to load when JavaScript is off.

  • Go to Settings > Safari > Advanced.

  • Toggle off JavaScript.

iOS Disable JavaScript on Safari

Disable Background App Refresh

Some users find the Safari runs faster after disabling background app refresh.

  • On iPhone, iPad, open Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

  • Turn off Background App Refresh.

iOS Turn off Background App Refresh

Disable Automatic Downloads for iTunes & App Stores

Also, you may want to disable automatic downloads when Safari is super slow to load web pages.

  • Tap Settings > iTunes & App Stores.

  • Scroll down to Automatic Downloads.

  • Toggle on all the buttons for automatically download apps, music, updates, books & audiobooks.

Disabled Automatic Download

Reset Network Settings

Weak network connection is one of the main reasons why Safari gets slow to load pages or keep reloading pages. When there is network connection problem on your iPhone, iPad, you can easily fix it by resetting network settings.

  • Go to Settings > General > Reset.

  • Tap Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings

It will delete all network settings, such as Wi-Fi passwords, VPN info. So make sure you have these network information before the reset.

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