Guide: Here’s how to fix Safari (OSX + IOS) In January 2016

Imagine my surprise when I found Apple’s Safari to be broken on both my iPhone, and my Mac. In OSX I got an “uncaught exception” error. In iOS, Safari just crashed (quit forcibly) without any warning.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix for both. Here’s how to fix Safari’s January 2016 bug.

On a Mac (OSX)

  1. Open a fresh Safari window. Do not touch it. The error will activate as soon as you touch the search bar (for reasons you’ll see.
  2. In the top menu, go to Safari>Preferences. A preferences window will open up.
  3. Go to the “Search” tab in the preferences window (signified by a magnifying glass and the words “Search).
  4. Deselect “Include Search Engine Selections” and “Include Safari Selections”. (If you’ve never really used a Mac, this means Click the blue checkboxes. If you do it correctly, they’ll turn whitish).
  5. Close Safari.
  6. Congrats. Safari should now work on your Mac. (Now check out Morning Short, a daily curated short story (no browser required!). It’s the best way to start your morning and read more fiction.)

On an iPad, iPhone, or iPod (iOS)

  1. Go to your “Settings” app, scroll down to the settings for system apps, and select “Safari”.
  2. Tap on the toggle-button for “Safari Suggestions” to turn it off. The box should turn from white to green.
  3. Safari should now work on your iOS device.
  4. (Go check out Morning Short, a daily curated short story (no browser required!). It’s the best way to start your morning and read more fiction).

Here’s to hoping Apple can fix this bug quickly, so we can get our search suggestions back – Michael


Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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13 Responses

  1. Will says:

    Awesome – thanks for the clear guide – helped me out!

  2. Anyone know why this is happening?

  3. Rene says:

    Very Nice Thanks

  4. 2540 says:

    Thank you! Fix confirmed for me. Awesome.

  5. Tom says:

    You star! Thought my Safari had an issue so ended up doing a total restore to a back-up yesterday and found the issue was still occurring!

  6. Fantastic! This worked for me. Does anyone know why this happened?

  7. Ken says:

    I had this issue, I cleared my history and data and it was fixed.

  8. Bruce Henderson says:

    Thank you so much. Now to try on my iPad.

  9. mats says:

    Thanks, save my marriage 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for your solutions. This was driving me nuts last night.

  11. Anthony Roux says:

    Thank you! Very helpful.

  12. Thank you! Turning off Safari Suggestions fixed it on the iPhone. How weird! I hope they make an update to fix it.

  13. ryan says:

    Thanks a lot for the tip! But using safari on my macbook is still a pain.

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