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How to fix ‘Safari Can’t Find Server’ issue?

Internet is great when it works fine but can be as or more annoying when it doesn’t. Safari remains one of the primary browsers for iOS and macOS users and as seamless experience it provides, it can also have issues at times and one of these happens to be the ‘Safari can’t find server’ error, which can be a real hindrance while browsing.

Here are nine ways to fix the ‘Safari can’t find server’ issue on your iPhone and iPad.  While they may seem elementary, these seem to get the error fixed in most cases.


Restart Safari and your iPhone/iPad

While this might seem like an understatement when we say the steps to fix the error are elementary, but restarting your iPhone or iPad can go a long way in fixing a lot of issues you might be having.

A simple restart can help clear any cache files or background processes that might be hindering Safari from running smoothly. You can also try closing Safari from the recent list and try opening it again.

Also read: How to shut down and hard reset your iPhone, iPad or iPod?


Clear cookies and cache from Safari

Age-old cookies and cache can also cause several issues with a browser, and the same is the case with Safari. If you haven’t cleared the cookies, cache and other user data from Safari on your iPhone or iPad, it could be causing the server issue.

Open your iPhone or iPad’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below to clear cache and cookies from Safari.

Important: Clearing the history and website data will delete history, cookies, cache and other browsing data from all the devices signed in to your iCloud account.


Modify DNS Settings

Your iPhone or iPad configures DNS automatically, which could be causing the ‘Safari can’t find server’ issue. You can configure DNS manually and set it to a more reliable server, including Google, Cloudflare and Yandex (listed in the table below).

Open your iPhone’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below to modify the DNS server.

You can then add one of the following DNS servers to your network on your iPhone and iPad and see if this fixes the ‘Safari can’t find server’ error.

DNS NamePrimary AddressSecondary Address
Google8.8.8.88.8.4.4
Yandex77.88.8.877.88.8.1
Cloudflare1.1.1.11.0.0.1
FreeDNS37.253.1.17437.253.1.177

Also read: How to block YouTube screen time on iPhone and iPad?


Reset Network Settings on your iPhone or iPad

If the Safari can’t find server issue pertains, you can also try resetting the network settings on your iPhone, including carrier and WiFi settings. 

Go to your iPhone or iPad’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below to reset network settings.

If you want to know what happens when you reset your iPhone or iPad and what the different reset options mean, check out our guide here.


Update your iPhone

Since Safari is a native browser to iOS and comes pre-installed, it also receives updates alongwith the OS updates for your iPhone or iPad. If you’re running an older version of iOS, it could be causing the ‘Safari can’t find server’ issue.

Go to your iPhone or iPad’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below to update your device.

You can also check out our guide here to update your iPhone or iPad using iTunes.


Restart your network

Your router or modem’s firmware or software may be causing the issue, which can be the case, especially when they’ve been updated recently or are pending an update. Restarting the router can also help reset things and solve the ‘Safari can’t find server’ error.


Remove website data

If you only see the ‘Safari can’t find server’ issue while accessing a particular website or even otherwise, you can try removing website data for selected websites or all websites on your iPhone or iPad.

Open the device settings and follow the steps mentioned below to delete website data.

Also read: How to stop your iPhone from turning off/sleeping/locking automatically?


Try to improve the WiFi signal

Similar to the case above, a weak WiFi signal could also cause the server issue on Safari. You can try improving your WiFi signal by either moving the router’s location, which might not be ideal if it’s tied down with wires. In that case, however, you can use a repeater to boost the WiFi signal in your room.

If you can relocate the router, try putting it in a central spot in your home. It’s also recommended to keep your router on top of a cabinet or shelf to avoid its signal from getting restricted due to furniture.


Make sure you’ve got the correct website URL

While this might again sound too elementary even to put out here but a mistyped character could cause the server error on Safari. To be sure, double-check the URL you’ve entered in the address bar.

Also read: How to check the Battery Health on iPad?

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