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Safari Crashing for Both iOS and Mac Users, Fixes Identified [Update: Fixed]

Safari users are today reporting an odd issue causing Apple's web browser app to crash on both Macs and iOS devices. Several Mac users are also not receiving autocomplete suggestions when entering text into Safari's address bar, with many pages including sites like Google failing to load completely. For many iPhone and iPad users, simply tapping on the URL bar causes Safari to crash.

URL searches, autocomplete, Top Sites and other Safari features rely on queries being sent to and returned by Apple's servers, suggesting this is where the problem lies. The issue also seems to depend on what data the browser most recently cached.

The current fix for iOS and Mac involves disabling Safari Suggestions, which stops the app from crashing to the home screen. On your iOS device, go into Settings, tap Safari, and toggle off theĀ "Safari Suggestions" switch. On your Mac, the same setting is found in Safari -> Preferences -> Search.

Safari bug
Alternatively, opening a Private Browsing window also appears to solve the issue.

The problem appears to be affecting users around the world and will likely be resolved when Apple corrects the service on their end.

Update: According to BuzzFeed, Apple has now fixed the issue that was causing the Safari browser to crash on iOS and Macs due to issues with Safari Suggestions.

Tags: iOS, Safari, Mac


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9 months ago
I wonder if this is actually a problem with Google search autocomplete because I'm not experiencing the problem and I use duckduckgo which has its own autocomplete. Obviously still a bug in Safari but perhaps triggered by Google.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
It just works...
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
Safari feels snappier ... at crashing! :D
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

I wonder if this is actually a problem with Google search autocomplete because I'm not experiencing the problem and I use duckduckgo which has its own autocomplete. Obviously still a bug in Safari but perhaps triggered by Google.


Using DuckDuckGo too, Safari works fine on all my devices
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
Grrrr - i've spent the last 2 hours thinking my Safari was broken, deleting .plist files - reseting - fixing permissions etc. Oh well at least I stopped short of a full reinstall. Fingers crossed this is fixed by tomorrow. I don't like using Chrome :(
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
How did this bypass their QA department?
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago


......I thought my iMac got a virus or something. It's been not working for a few hours already. Search bar non responsive and typing did not even appear on search bar.

Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

Really tired of people throwing this comment out when something Apple goes awry. You obviously have never used Windows, either standalone or in a network environment for any length of time. If you have, you would understand Apples phrase "it just works" more clearly and know that it's correct 99% of the time. Windows on the other hand, good luck.

Really tired of people throwing out this comment when something Apple goes awry. Apple kit malfunctions... "buh, buh, but what about Windows?" Windows has nothing to do with this. When Apple kit doesn't "just work" people complain. Same with Windows. I mean seriously, what does it help to think about Windows when it's my Apple that's broken?:confused:
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
Yes this is true. I can only use Safari on my mac by using New Private Window option. Oddly, if I open the regular Safari window, I get only the apple.com address, twice, see the attached photo... I cannot input anything into the normal Safari browser. Chrome and Firefox are working though. Clearly a Safari only problem.

Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
Didn't know there was an issue! All devices are working fine on my end, even with safari suggestion on.

But it's good to have a workaround just in case, hope they fix soon.
Rating: 3 Votes

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