Everybody is connected to the internet these days. And with the ongoing mobile revolution, we are now using more mobile devices than the desktop computer to browse the web. We need the browsers to visualize the codes stored on the internet into the graphical representation that ordinary people can understand. In the iOS environment, the most favorite browser is Safari.
But there are times when even the stable browser like Safari fails to open the web page because it can't find the server where the page is located. What are the factors that can cause the failure, and how can you fix it?
Finding the Culprit
While the problem is a common one and not exclusive to iOS, here are several methods that you can do to solve the problem the next time you receive the annoying
"Safari can't open the page because it can't find the server" message. 1: Eliminating the Stupid Mistakes
Before you start panicking and blaming the world for your unfortunate life, please make sure that this error is not caused by your ignorance. Check whether your iPhone is not in airplane mode or other conditions where it doesn't have enough signal strength to connect to the internet. Look at the top left corner of the screen and
check the signal and connectivity indicator.
The second mistake that happens more often that you care to admit is
typo. Check the URL field to make sure that you have written the web address correctly. Even one letter mistake is enough to send your web query to the nowhere land.
2: Do the Spring Cleaning
After you have made sure that the error is not caused by some stupid mistakes, it's time to try the second method. Another possible reason why Safari can't find the server is conflicting data from the past browsing sessions. To solve this problem you can try to
clear Safari cache and website data.
Cached data are temporary internet files that are stored on your iOS device for future use. The purpose is to speed up your browsing experience. If you visit a similar site for the second time, the system won't download the data from the site again but use the local saved or cached data on the device.
To clear Safari cache, go to
Settings - Safari - Clear History and Website Data.
Removing this accumulated data might solve the conflict and most of other browser-related issues. Safari will be able to connect to the web page that you want to visit. But the next time you connect to a site, the page load time will take a little bit longer than usual since the system will need to download the data again.
Please note that the action will also clear any saved logins or passwords that you stored inside Safari. But if you keep your credentials in iCloud Keychain (or other password managers), the data will be safe and won't be removed in the cleaning process.
3: Change the DNS Settings
One more possible culprit of the inability to open the web pages is the path that the device took to connect to the internet. Or in the layman terms, Safari might get lost on the way to visit the page.
Every website has an IP address that tells other connected devices its location. Then this IP address is converted into a more "human-friendly" address using Domain Name System (DNS). For example, Google's IP address is actually 126.96.36.199. You could use the IP address in the URL bar, and you'll end up on Google's site.
It's possible that there's a temporary glitch in your internet provider's DNS that doesn't translate the website URL into the correct IP address. To solve the problem, you could use the more reliable DNS like Google's DNS or other public DNS.
To change DNS on your iPhone, open
Settings - WiFi, then tap the blue "i" inside the circle next to the connection that you use to open the Info window.
Replace everything in the DNS field with the DNS of your choice. If you want to use Google's Public DNS server, use
188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. You can use the search engine to find other available public DNS that you can use.
Another popular DNS option is
OpenDNS. This service will also keep the internet safe for children by blocking harmful sites that rerouted through their server. If you are a parent, you could try to use OpenDNS and have a more peaceful mind letting your kids access the internet. 4: Repair Operating System with Tenorshare ReiBoot
Since safari comes with the operating system. Sometimes if the operating system on your iPhone goes wrong, it also affect the software came with it. In this case, you can easily fix the Safari server error by repairing the operating system on your iPhone with
iOS system repair software - ReiBoot. It is capable of fixing 50+ types of iOS system issues without data loss, including iPhone recovery mode, iPhone frozen, iPhone won't charge, etc. Here's how to fix Safari issues effectively with ReiBoot.
For Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
For macOS 10.14 and below
1. Run Tenorshare ReiBoot after installing. Connect your iOS device to computer and click "Fix All iOS Stuck" section in the main interface.
2. After Tenorshare ReiBoot detect your device, Click "Repair Now" to start downloading the firmware package.
3. Once the firmware package is downloaded completed and successfully. Click "Start Repair" to start system recovery. After the repairing process, your iPhone will boot up normally
At least, one of the four solutions above can fix 'Safari can't open the page because it can't find the server' issue. If you have any other problems about using iPhone, leave a message at the comment place.
For Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
For macOS 10.14 and below