How to fix slow Internet browsing with Safari app on Apple iPhone XR

Safari cache on iOS devices is useful in the sense that it helps reload same website data faster. However, when cache files are accumulated, they tend to clog the browser memory. And the longer you keep these cached files, the more likely they become corrupted. When this happens, browser issues instigate. Among the common symptoms would include slow browsing, intermittent connection, and other relevant errors. Aside from browsing cache, account-related issues, network outages, server errors and software-related issues on both the network equipment and connected devices are also among other possible causes. But for as long as no hardware damage is present, these problems can be remedied at home by end-users.

Highlighted below are some of the applicable workarounds that are used to deal with slow Internet browsing issue on the iPhone XR Safari app. Read on for more information.

First solution: Clear Safari app cache and browsing history.

One way to get a speed boost on your Internet connection is by deleting junk files and unwanted cache items on your Internet browser. Unwanted temporary files stored as cache and cookies on the browser’s memory slow your browser down. Regular clearing of browser cache and browsing history is therefore recommended. If you haven’t already, then clear cache and browsing history on Safari with these steps:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down again and select the option to Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Then tap Clear History and Data from the pop-up message to confirm action.

If you don’t see the option to Clear History and Data, then select the option to Remove All Website Data instead.

Second solution: Force close background apps then restart the phone.

If clearing the browser’s cache and browsing data doesn’t help, then force close Safari and other suspended apps on your iPhone. Doing so will eliminate any corrupted background apps that might have interfered with Safari and/or internet connection. Here’s what you should do then:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then pause slightly in the middle.
  2. Then swipe right or left to locate Safari app card/preview.
  3. Swipe up on the Safari app preview to close it.

Follow the same steps to clear all suspended apps on your phone. After clearing Safari and background apps, restart or soft reset your iPhone XR to clear its memory cache and to refresh its system functions. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Press and hold the Power button and the Volume Up button on the side of your phone for a few seconds or until the Power Off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off the phone.
  3. After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button on the top of your phone for a few seconds.

Allow the phone to finish booting up and then launch the Safari app. Try navigating to different websites and pages to see if the browsing speed has improved. If not, then try other methods.

Third solution: Update Safari app on your phone.

A recommended solution to app-related issues is to update the errant application. App updates also offer some fix patches to clear existing bugs that caused different adverse symptoms to the application. Since Safari is a built-in or pre-installed application on your iPhone, its updates are typically embedded into every iOS update released by Apple periodically. If you can still connect to the Internet, then you can check for OTA updates to download and install on your phone wirelessly. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Tap on Software Update.

An update notification will appear if a new iOS version is available. Read the update details and system requirements then follow the given instructions to proceed with the update download and installation.

If you cannot download and install the update via over-the-air due to Internet problems, then you can update your iPhone through iTunes instead. To get started, you will need to secure a compatible Windows or Mac computer with the latest version of iTunes software installed and has stable Internet connection. Once you’re all set, connect your iPhone XR to the computer using the supplied USB cable/Lightning cable, then follow the onscreen commands in iTunes to check for new iOS update to download and install on your device.

Don’t forget to reboot your iPhone after updating to ensure that all new system changes are properly implemented. Then launch Safari to see if the problem is already fixed.

Fourth solution: Reset network settings on the phone.

Network-related issues in mobile devices are generally resolved by performing a network settings reset. This will clear all network configurations and settings on the phone including Wi-Fi, APNs, Bluetooth connections and other relevant information. Any erratic network settings that might have caused Internet problems are likewise obliterated. If you’re willing to give it a shot, then here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and then tap on Reset.
  4. Select the option to Reset network settings.
  5. If prompted, enter your passcode to proceed.
  6. Then the on Reset network settings again when asked to confirm.

After the reset, your phone will restart by itself and then loads the default network configurations. This means that you need to set up and reconnect to your Wi-Fi network to use the Internet and online services.

Fifth solution: Power cycle the modem/wireless router.

If all your devices are experiencing the same slow browsing problem, then the problem is most likely with the source of your Internet connection — the wireless router/modem. The simplest way to fix such problem is by restarting the wireless router or modem. It’s like giving a soft reset on your iPhone but in this case, it’s the modem or router. A router/modem restart is also referred to as power cycle. It effectively clears out minor errors inflicted by random firmware crashes and glitches on the wireless router or modem in use. If you can access your wireless router or modem right now, then do a reboot or power cycle it with these steps:

  1. Locate the Power or ON/OFF switch then press on it until the device powers off.
  2. While the modem/router is turned off, unplug its AC adapter from the power source/wall outlet.
  3. After a minute, plug it back into the wall outlet and then turn it back on.
  4. Wait until the router/modem boots up completely.

Allow your phone to re-establish connection and once it’s back up online, open Safari and see if slow browsing issue is fixed.

Other options

  • Use other browser app. To determine if the problem is isolated to the Safari app, try to use other browser apps like Google Chrome. If you’re able to browse websites faster when using other browser, then the problem is apparently with the Safari app and that’s what you need to fix. For more advanced solutions, contact Apple Support.
  • Factory reset. Among the last options to rule out complex system errors that might have caused Safari to perform very slowly is a factory reset or master reset. This will wipe everything from your iPhone system including corrupted files that ruined Safari and pertinent services.
  • Contact your ISP. Internet problems like slow browsing, intermittent connection or Wi-Fi drops can likewise be directly inflicted by network problems. The problem is likely not on your end if it persists after applying the given solutions. In that case, contact your Internet service provider to check and ensure that there are no temporary outages that may be affecting Internet services in your place. If you suspect that the slow Internet browsing symptom is attributed to a problem with the wireless router or modem you’re using, then contact the equipment manufacturer or your Internet service provider. Your modem or router may need be reprovisioned or reset from their end.

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