Why Can’t I Quit Safari & How to Force Quit on iPhone and iPad?

Every now and then, you find that Safari stops responding or refuses to close on your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. When this happens, it could be quite frustrating.

Why can’t you quit Safari? There are many reasons why this might be happening to you, and we are here to tell you why. We also have suggestions on how to force quit Safari on iPhone and iPad. Let’s get into it!

Why can’t I quit Safari on my iPhone and iPad?

Sometimes, when an app freezes or keeps freezing, it is because you do not have enough space on your device. The lack of space interferes with your iPhone’s ability to run applications successfully without any issues. This sometimes ends in freezing or unresponsiveness. If this is the problem, freeing up space should fix it.

Software bugs

Sometimes, it is a simple case of having a software bug before or after an update. When this is the case, the next update tends to fix those bugs. If you are dealing with a software bug, updating your phone and the Safari app should fix it.

Why can’t I quit Safari on Mac?

It is not uncommon for Safari to stop responding while using it on your MacBook. It isn’t always because there is an underlying problem with your computer. Most times, it might just be a bug, or it could be that your computer has too many apps running in the background. This often slows down other apps you are using.

Although it is frustrating when this happens, it is easy to work around. If you have tried quitting the Safari app on your Mac with no success, try out this shortcut that opens a quit app window:

Press the Command, Option, and Escape keys simultaneously. This will open up a window where you will see all open applications and you can force quit Safari from there.

If this problem is recurring, here’s what you can do.

First, ensure that you’re not using an outdated Safari version, and also that your macOS is up to date. As stated earlier, software bugs can contribute to this problem and updating would likely fix it. If it persists, try uninstalling and reinstalling your macOS.

How to force quit Safari on iPhone – the options you have

Fix 1: Force Quit with App Switcher

To do this, double-click on your home button to reveal the app switcher. Then swipe up on the Safari card. If you are using an iPhone without a home button, here’s how to get the app switcher: Go to your Home screen, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause slightly in the middle of the screen. The app switcher will pop up and then you can swipe up on the Safari card.

Fix 2: Update your App

That is if you haven’t already. Check if there are available updates you are yet to install and install them. As mentioned earlier in the article, the problem might be due to a software bug. This could be fixed with an update. So, try updating your Safari app.

A trick to also try is to uninstall Safari and reinstall it. This will delete all old app data and install a new version of the app.

Fix 3: Restart your phone

Sometimes all it takes is a quick reboot to get things up and running again. Try restarting your phone and see if the problem persists.

Fix 4: Free up some space

Apps can end up malfunctioning when there isn’t enough space on your phone. If you find that you’re running low on memory, it might be a good time to get rid of any apps you haven’t used in a while, or large files you don’t need.

Fix 5: Check and clear cached data

Have a look at the Safari app cached data. Cache data sometimes builds up and can lead to problems similar to what you are experiencing. Try clearing this and see if it helps.

Read also: How Much Data Does FaceTime Use Per Hour?

How do you force an app to quit on iPhone?

Let’s say it isn’t the Safari app you are struggling with. Maybe some other app. Want to know how to force quit an app? Follow these steps.

  1. Step one: If you use an iPhone X or a later model, an iPad with iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, get to the Home screen and swipe up from the bottom of the screen, pausing slightly in the middle of the screen. If you are using an iPhone 8 earlier model, simply double-click on the home button. This will show your most recently used apps.
  2. Step two: Swipe right or left until you find the app that you are trying to close.
  3. Step three: Swipe up on the app’s preview card. This will close the app.

How to quit Safari on iPad

Quitting Safari on your iPad follows the same procedure as doing it on your iPhone and is just as easy.

To do this, double-click on the Home button to bring up the taskbar with your recently used apps. Find the Safari icon and swipe it up to quit it.

We hope this helps!