Some iPhone and iPad Users Seeing Strange Safari Crashes When Searching [Update: Fixed]

Some iPhone and iPad users appear to be experiencing a curious bug in Safari at the current time, with the app crashing when certain search terms are entered. The bug has been going on since last night, from what we can tell, and affected users are running a variant of iOS 16, though there are also reports from iOS 15 users.

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Reports suggest that Safari crashes after the first three letters of select words are typed into the search bar, and it is not clear what's causing the issue. We've seen reports of "tar," "bes," "wal," "wel," "old," "sta," "pla," and other words crashing the app. What happens is that people attempt to type in something like "Walmart" or "Starbucks" or "best" and do not get beyond the first three letters before Safari crashes.


It is not clear what is causing this issue, and not all users appear to be affected at this time. It is affecting those running iOS 15.7.1, iOS 16, iOS 16.1, iOS 16.1.1, and the iOS 16.2 beta, and Apple does appear to be aware of the problem due to reports people have provided to the support team.


Given that this issue popped up overnight, it is likely some kind of server side bug that Apple will be able to resolve without an iOS update.

Update: The Safari crashing bug has now been fixed.

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Top Rated Comments

nvmls Avatar
22 months ago

I’m surprised that search terms go to Apple before the search engine. Why??
Privacy™
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
22 months ago
Also, the websites on the Safari app are taking forever to load :( I tried using Firefox Mozilla browser and it's working blazing fast. So, there's definitely something off with Safari. Hoping for a fix soon.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NoBoMac Avatar
22 months ago
Turning off Safari Suggestions might work/help.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/safari-crashing-with-certain-search-query.2370185/post-31729822
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
decypher44 Avatar
22 months ago
Not just crash, but when typing in search words, Safari scrolls down so you can’t see what you’re typing. Super annoying.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
22 months ago
Me reading this on my solid iOS 15.7.1.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
doboy Avatar
22 months ago
At this point who's surprised. We're lucky our devices don't blow up.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)