Prevent Safari From Crashing on iPad When Opening Tabs

Safari for iPad may occasionally crash if you try to open new tabs. It’s a frustrating glitch that greatly impairs the usability of the device. Luckily, it’s not hard to fix. Use the steps below to troubleshoot the issue.

Step 1

Start by wiping out the browser history on Safari. It’s possible that Safari is just getting bogged down in cookies and caches. To do this, go to Settings, scroll down to Safari. A long menu of options will open where you can edit your preferences for all manner of Safari items.

Step 2

Scroll down to near the bottom of the menu page until you see the buttons for “Clear History” and “Clear Cookies and Data.” Both button should be in blue text. Tap each button so that the text grays out, indicating that Safari has no more history or tracking cookies to be wiped.

Step 3

The above actions should fix the Safari crashing problem in the vast majority of iPad Air tablets. If you are still having the problem after wiping your history and tracking cookies clean, the best course of action might just be to download another web browsing app. Google Chrome, Dolphin, and Puffin are just a few of the acclaimed browser apps that you can download from the Apple App Store.


No one wants to deal with a web browser that crashes every time they open a new tab. By using the above strategies, though, you should be able to either fix the Safari issues plaguing your iPad or find a new browser that has none of the same problems.