How to Turn Off Safari Suggestions on an iPad

The Safari browser on your iPad has its own menu that offers a number of different settings.

If you are on that menu, you may find yourself asking, “What are Safari Suggestions?”

This is a feature in Safari that will offer suggestions for other apps or websites that are related to a search query that you type into the browser. For example, if I type the search query “iPhone 4s”, then I see a Safari Suggestion for Wikipedia at the top of the page.

example of safari suggestions on ipad

While this feature can be useful, it can also cause some performance issues with Safari on the device.

Therefore, you may find that troubleshooting guides will ask you to turn off Safari Suggestions on your iPad as a step to diagnose a problem with the device. Our guide below will show you how to do this.

Disabling Safari Suggestions on an iPad 2

The steps in this article were performed on an iPad 2 in iOS 9.

Shutting off the Safari Suggestions on your iPad may be a solution if the browser is crashing a lot on the device.

If turning off the Safari Suggestions does not solve the issue, then you might need to consider doing a factory reset. This article will walk you through those steps. But you can follow the steps below to try and disable Safari Suggestions as a first attempt at resolving the issue.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open ipad settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option from the column at the left side of the screen.

select the safari menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Safari Suggestions to turn it off.

disable ipad safari suggestions

Now that you know how to turn off Safari suggestions on your iPad, you can prevent that unwanted content form appearing while you are trying to search for or find information in the device’s default browser.

If resetting the Safari Suggestions doesn’t help, but you aren’t quite ready to try a factory reset, you can attempt to reset the settings on the iPad instead. This article – – will show you how to do that.

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