The bug fixes and stability enhancements should come as a relief to users facing problems after upgrading to iOS 8 or later. But a number of users including me seem to be having problems with Safari after upgrading to iOS 8.2.
I’m occasionally having problems opening a URL from a third-party app in Safari using the “Open in Safari” option in the Share sheet. It launches Safari, but the url doesn’t seem to be getting passed to it, and results in it loading a blank page. If I load the same URL in Safari then it seems to load fine.
Steve Stroughton-Smith, well-respected developer and hacker is also having problems with Safari.
Safari literally doesn't work in iOS 8.2 on iPad or iPhone here. I can't enter web urls or search even after relaunching it a bunch of times
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) March 10, 2015
He goes on to add that “Actually loading an URL from another source locks up Safari on both devices.”
@stroughtonsmith ditto.. Complete wipe without restore and it works.. Restore… dead.
— Mike Evans (@mikeyusc) March 10, 2015
I have had odd issues with Safari before upgrading to iOS 8.2, such as the website loads but the content is not seen till I scroll down. I haven’t hit that issue yet, but this new issue or issues seems to be even more annoying.
If you’re having this problem then you can try to clear the history and website data. It is not ideal as it will clear history, cookies and other browsing data, but it resolved the problem for me, and Stroughton-Smith, and it is still a better option than restoring your device. Hat tip: @patelhiren
Here’s how to fix the problem with Safari:
- Launch the Settings app
- Scroll down and tap on Safari.
- Then tap on Clear History and Website Data.
- You will get an prompt informing you that clearing will remove history, cookies and browsing data. Tap on Clear History and Data.
- Double press on the Home button to access the app switcher, and swipe up on the Safari preview to kill the app running in the background. You can also reboot your iOS device.
That’s it, it should help in resolving the issue.
Have you upgraded to iOS 8.2? What has been your experience? Are you having problems with Safari? Let me know if the above solution worked.