Ever felt Safari running slow in iOS 12? Apple released the iOS 12 publicly in September 2018. Many of Apple’s stock apps have received a complete overhaul, including Safari. Of late, we have been hearing users complaining of Safari slowing down in iOS 12.

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With changes to Notes, Mail, Phone, Photos, Camera, Maps, Music, News, Calendar and many more, iOS 12 includes dozens of new features and improvements. Although iOS 12 is pretty much stable now, Safari running slow could be one of the many issues you are facing. In this post, we will take a look at how to speed up Safari.


How to Fix Slow Safari

#1. Clear History and Data

All browsers store history and data. As your browsing volume increases, more and more data is stored in the form of history and related data. This can get clogged up and slow down Safari. So, the first thing you should try is clearing History and Data on Safari.

Steps to clear History and Data 

1. Head to Settings and tap Safari.

2. Tap on “Clear History and Website Data” and confirm “Clear History and Data”

Now, relaunch Safari and check if this fixes the problem of Safari running slow on iOS 12.

#2. Disable Background App Refresh

When you switch to a different app, some apps run for a short period of time before they’re suspended. Suspended apps are those that aren’t actively in use, open, or taking up system resources. When Background App Refresh is ON, suspended apps can check for updates and new content. Disabling background app refresh can help fix the slow Safari issue on your iOS device.

  1. Head to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Background App Refresh and Toggle it OFF.

#3. Clear all Safari Tabs

Keeping unnecessary tabs open can slow down Safari. In the OS parlance, each tab incurs non-trivial overhead since each tab is supported by a process. Having a lot of tabs open consumes memory and wastes CPU resources. Close these tabs if you aren’t using them.

  1. Launch Safari and then tap and hold on the tabs icon from the bottom right corner.
  2. Now close all the unnecessary tabs by tapping on the cross (x) or by sliding the tabs to your left.

Clearing all safari tabs saves significant memory and may help fix the problem of slow running Safari.

#4. Clear Reading List

Clearing reading list can also resolve your issues with Safari speed.

  1. Head to Settings. Tap on General.
  2. Tap on Storage & iCloud usage and then tap Manage Storage.

3. Locate and tap on Safari. You should see ‘Edit‘ option in the top right corner. Tap on Edit.

4. Tap the red button to the left of the Offline reading list and then tap on Delete.

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#5. Disable Location Services

If you are not using location services, it is highly recommended that you turn it off. Disabling location services not only speed up Safari but also your whole device.

To disable location services follow these simple steps –

  • Head to Settings -> Privacy
  • Tap on Location Services and Toggle it OFF

#6. Reset Network Settings

This solution may also help speed up Safari. To reset network settings –

  • Head to Settings -> General -> Reset network settings.

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#7. Disable JavaScript for Safari

Disabling JavaScript can help you get rid of the problems you are facing with Safari running slow in iOS 12. To disable JavaScript for Safari –

  • Head to Safari -> Tap on Advanced 
  • Toggle JavaScript OFF

So that’s it, folks! Ideally, doing all of the above can speed up Safari significantly. But if you do not have the time to go through all these solutions, you may start with Solutions 1, 2 and 3 and check if Safari speeds up.

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