Several websites and Apple users are reporting that an unknown bug is causing Safari and Mobile Safari to crash on iOS and Mac devices. Simply tapping the URL bar in Safari is causing the app to randomly shut down on the iPhone and iPad. There seems to be an issue with Apple's suggestive search which provides information such as Top Sites based on a user's browser history. Several Twitter users have suggested that disabling Safari Suggestions will temporarily fix the issue while we wait for a proper response from Apple. Here's how to disable Safari Suggestions on your iOS device:
The Safari web browser on iPhone will identify itself as a mobile browser by default. As iOS users already know, this means many websites will deliver a mobile version of content to the device. Sometimes the mobile site is lacking in functionality or abbreviates information that is needed on the go.
The built-in Safari browser includes a simple way to see full sites on the iPhone, by requesting the desktop version. Here are instructions on how to view a full site in Safari:
1. Launch Safari and navigate to the website displaying a mobile version.
Safari now automatically provides shortcut icons to the most frequently visited websites in iOS 8. Accessing these shortcuts requires opening a new browser tab. Some users may not want to utilize this feature, or don't want Safari keeping track. There are two ways to remove frequently visited sites.
On a stock iOS 8 device (not jailbroken) the frequently visited sites can be manually removed. This involves navigating to Settings -> Safari -> Clear History and Website Data -> Clear History and Data. In addition to the frequently visited sites, all history and browsing data will be wiped. This step must be repeated, as frequently visited sites will reappear as Safari is used.