Apple iPhone SE 3 Safari is Loading Very Slow [Quick Fixes]

This post will walk you through dealing with slow internet browsing with the iOS 15.5 Safari browser on the 3rd generation special edition iPhone. Read on to learn what to do when your iPhone SE 3 Safari is loading very slow.

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Are the websites and pages loading very slow on your iPhone Safari? It might be due to your internet connection or it could be the Safari app itself that’s running slow. You can try any of the given solutions below if ever you need some help dealing with a slow browsing issue on your new iPhone.

What causes slow internet?

A slow internet connection on an iPhone can be attributed to many different factors including random software glitches, corrupted websites/pages, settings conflicts, faulty updates, and faulty router/modem in use.

You are experiencing slow internet browsing if your internet speed is way lower than what you’re subscribed to. This means that the download speed is below the normal range. This is often the case if your iPhone is getting a weak Wi-Fi or cellular network signal.

Cluttered temporary internet files, virus or malware, unwanted browser add-ons or extensions, and harmful cookies might also be causing problems with your browser.

Your internet service may likewise be disrupted or temporarily limited due to account-related problems like when you have some unsettled bills that are left to pay. Some carriers would automatically impose a soft disconnection to accounts with billing issues and when this happens, the internet service may become limited if not disconnected until the account problem is settled.

Random system issues transpiring on the device can likewise affect your overall browsing experience especially if those system issues directly halt or interfere with the browser.

Temporary network outages like when your internet service provider is experiencing unexpected technical difficulties could also be the underlying cause of the problem.

Unless you’ve already figured out the main trigger, ruling out individual factors would be necessary in order to get your internet speed back to normal.

Troubleshooting iPhone SE 3 Safari that’s loading very slow

Before you begin, check your internet speed to see if you’re getting the actual data speed based on your account subscription. You can use free platforms like to check your current download and upload speed. If the download and upload speeds are just within the normal range and yet Safari is loading very sluggishly, then it must be a problem within the iPhone system.

At this point, you can go ahead and start ruling out individual culprits with these subsequent tweaks.

Solution #1: Restart the browser.

Like any other apps, the Safari browser may likewise bump into some problems that would make them slow down at some point. Usually, random browser glitches like this are just minor and can easily be dealt with by restarting it.

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Thus, restarting the Safari browser is the first recommended solution. This should clear out any transpiring in-app glitches that might have interfered with the Safari app’s normal functions.

  • To end running apps on the iPhone SE 3, just launch the Apps switcher by swiping up from the bottom-left side of the iPhone’s Home screen. Next, swipe up on the Safari app card or preview to end it. 

If multiple apps are left running in the background, end them all to prevent any of them from causing conflicts the next time you launch the Safari app.

If you’ve previously opened multiple tabs, then should consider closing them first and see if the internet speed improves with only one tab open.

Keeping multiple Safari tabs open may eventually cause the Safari app to slow down or worse, crash and get stuck.

Solution #2: Power cycle the modem/router then restart the iPhone.

Modems and wireless routers may likewise encounter random firmware glitches that eventually result in connection errors including slow internet browsing, intermittent connection and no internet connection at all.

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If all your devices that are connected to the network are experiencing the same slow internet, chances are that the modem or router is glitching.

Should this be the case, restarting the network equipment would be necessary. A modem/router restart or power cycle has been proven an effective solution when dealing with unexpected internet connectivity issues in computers and mobile devices within a wireless network setup.

Here’s how it’s done:

  • Power off the modem/router by pressing on its power button until it shuts down completely.
  • While it’s powered off, unplug its AC adapter from the power source.
  • After 30 seconds or 1 minute, plug it back in and wait for it to finish rebooting.

As soon as the modem/router is back up and running reboot (soft reset) the iPhone. This will help clear out minor iOS glitches that might have caused browsing issues with Safari.

After rebooting the iPhone, reconnect to the Wi-Fi network. As soon as it gets back up online, relaunch Safari and see if the browsing speed has improved.

Solution #3: Clear Safari history, internet cookies and browsing data.

Every time you open the Safari browser and visit a website or page, it stores temporary files and data about your browsing activity. These accumulated files are piled up among other internet caches that will be used by the browser app the next time you load up the same information over the internet.

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While this may benefit in terms of fast reloading of internet files, piling up temporary internet files and data may likewise result in unexpected errors especially when any of them gets broken or corrupted. This is why regular clearing of browser cache and internet cookies is recommended.

  • To clear history, cache and cookies on your iPhone Safari browser, just go to Settings-> Safari menu and then tap the option to Clear History and Website Data.
  • To clear internet cookies without deleting your browsing history, go to Settings-> Safari-> Advanced-> Website Data menu and then tap the option to Remove All Website Data.

Clearing internet cache and browsing history can also help free up storage space on your device and thereby improves the overall system performance.

Solution #4: Optimize iPhone storage.

When the iPhone storage is running low, its overall performance also becomes slow. So, what you may have thought was a browser issue is actually a performance issue attributed to the iPhone’s memory that’s low.

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This is when deleting old and unwanted apps and files from the iOS device is recommended. 

  • To access and manage your iPhone Storage, just head over to Settings-> General-> iPhone Storage menu. There, you should see more details about storage usage by individual apps and files. 

Just read and follow the given recommendations for optimizing your iPhone’s storage. To view all the storage recommendations for your iPhone, just tap the option to Show All and read the description of each recommendation.

Cached and residual data are also counted as usage so be sure to clear them out as well. 

Offloading unused apps automatically and manually can also help free up storage used by the app without deleting relevant data and documents for the app.

Moving some of your important files to your iCloud drive or iTunes is also an option.

Solution #5: Reset all settings.

Restoring the default settings on the iPhone is also a potential solution if the Safari browser started to slow down after altering some system settings and reconfiguring the default options. The same thing when the onset of the problem is from a software update.

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Resetting all settings does not delete any of your saved apps and files so you won’t lose any important data in the process.

  • To do this, just open the Settings app then head over to General-> Transfer or Reset iPhone-> Reset menu and then tap Reset all settings from the given options. Read the reset details on the succeeding window then tap Reset settings on the pop-up screen to confirm.

If prompted, enter your device passcode to confirm and authorize reset.

The entire reset should only take a few seconds. When the reset is finished, the phone reboots on its own and then loads up all the original options and system configurations.

This reset also reset network settings on the iPhone and therefore deletes your previous network configurations. This means the need for you to re-enable necessary features that are disabled by default including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

You will also need to input your Wi-Fi network credentials (SSID and password) to join and connect like the first time.

Is your internet still very slow?

Make sure that your phone’s software is up-to-date. Safari is a built-in application and thus its updates are likewise embedded in every new iOS version rolled out by Apple. Software updates usually contain essential patches and bug fixes. If you haven’t enabled automatic updating on your iPhone system, then you will need to manually download and new updates available for your iPhone instead. 

All you have to do is secure a stable internet connection so your iPhone can connect and sync with Apple’s update server. Since the internet is slow, updating through iTunes is recommended. This means the need for you to secure a Windows or Mac computer with the latest version of iTunes app installed.

If all else fails and Safari is still loading up very slowly, using alternative browsers can be regarded among the last options. 

You can use alternative browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and others. Just download the browser that’s compatible with your iOS device.

Seek More Help

Contact your internet service provider for further assistance and other suggestions if none of the above solutions worked. There might be some problems with the network base or it could be that your network equipment is faulty and needs to be reprovisioned or reset by your carrier.

You can ask your carrier to run a remote test on your wireless router/modem to see if it’s working as intended. If necessary, your carrier can reprovision or reset the network equipment using a dedicated software on their end.

Should this be found to be a hardware issue like when the modem or router is busted, repair or new modem replacement would be the key to fixing the problem.

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