How to Fix Find On Page Not Working on iOS 16

Wondering why find on page is not working on iOS 16?

Safari’s find on page is a convenient feature that allows you to efficiently look up keywords on websites and pages. 

Unfortunately, users are encountering problems using this feature on iOS 16. 

Most of the time, software bugs and errors are the culprit for this issue. However, it can also be due to incorrect user settings and corrupted data. 

Today, we’ll show you how to fix find on page if it’s not working on iOS 16. 

Let’s begin!

1. Restart Your iPhone. 

A simple restart can usually resolve unexpected behaviors on your iPhone. 

This allows your system to reload crucial resources that may have run into errors during use. 

Restarting your device also clears unused and corrupted data from the system memory. 

If you are using an iPhone X, 11, 12, 13, 14, or later, here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Hold the Volume Down and Side buttons until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt appears. 
  2. Now, drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds. 
  3. Press the Side button afterward to turn on your device. 
Restart iPhone No Home Button

For older models, follow the steps below: 

  1. Locate the Power button on your device. 
  2. Hold the button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt appears.
  3. Drag the slider to the right and wait 30 seconds before turning on your device. 
Restart iPhone Home Button

Go back to Safari afterward and check if find on page works. 

2. Try Other Websites/Documents. 

If you can’t use find on page, we recommend trying different websites and documents. 

There might be an issue with the current site or document you’re viewing that prevents find on page from finding the keyword you’re looking for. 

Use find on page on 3-5 different websites to ensure that the problem is not with the sites you’re visiting.

Related: How to Fix Safari Not Working on iPhone


3. Check Your Network Connection. 

A slow or unstable internet connection can cause Safari to act up or encounter issues. 

Perform a speed test on your network using Fast.com to ensure it’s not causing the problem. 

Fast.com

If the result indicates a problem with your network, restart your modem or router to refresh the connection with your ISP. 

  1. Unplug your router from the power source. 
  2. Wait for 5 to 10 seconds. 
  3. Reconnect the power cable and wait for your router to initialize. 
Restart Router

Run another test to check if your connection is stable. If not, contact your provider and ask them to fix their service. 

4. Disable Safari Extensions. 

Safari extensions are third-party apps that add features to websites. While they improve your browsing experience, not all websites support extensions. 

If find on page is not working on Safari, disable all your browser extensions to see if they cause the problem. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Next, go to Safari > Extensions.
  3. Disable all your extensions.
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Repeat this process until the feature stops working. The last extension you enabled is the culprit. 

5. Use Desktop Website. 

If you still encounter issues with find on page, try viewing websites in desktop mode. 

The website you’re viewing might not be optimized for mobile, which prevents find on page from working. 

To rule this out, follow the steps below to view websites in desktop mode: 

  1. Open Safari and visit any website you want. 
  2. Now, tap the ‘aA’ icon in the URL box. 
  3. Tap the Request Desktop Website option.
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While in desktop mode, see if find on page will work. Head to the next solution if the issue persists. 

6. Clear Safari Cookies and Website Data. 

Corrupted website data can also be the reason find on page is not working on iOS 16. 

Clear Safari’s cookies and site data to ensure that there are no corrupted files in your system. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone. 
  2. Now, scroll down and tap on Safari
  3. Tap the Clear History and Website Data option and follow the prompts. 
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Once done, use find on page again to check if the problem is solved. 

Related: How to Fix Safari Disappeared from Home Screen on iPhone


7. Update Your iPhone. 

For your last option, we suggest updating your iPhone if find on page is still not working. 


This should patch potential bugs and errors within your system that cause find on page to malfunction. 

Here’s how you can update your iPhone: 

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone. 
  2. Navigate to General > Software Update
  3. If there’s a new iOS version available, tap Download and Install
  4. Once the new software is ready, follow the prompts to install the update. 
Update iPhone

Note

  • Your device can restart several times while installing the update. 
  • Ensure your iPhone has at least 50% battery before installing updates. It’s best to keep your device plugged into the wall charger to avoid interruptions. 
  • Allow at least 15 minutes for the update to install, especially if it’s a major update (iOS 14 to iOS 15).

To avoid missing out on future updates, enable automatic updates: 

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. 
  2. Now, navigate to General > Software Update > Automatic Updates
  3. Enable Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates
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Go back to Safari afterward and see if find on page works.

8. Contact Apple. 

If none of the solutions above worked, it’s time to let the professionals handle the situation. 

Head to Apple’s support page and look up the issue you’re experiencing. The website should suggest a few solutions along with articles related to Safari. 

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You can also contact a representative through phone or chat to address your concern faster or submit a report to let Apple know about the issue. 

That ends our guide for fixing find on page if it’s not working on iOS 16. If you have questions or other concerns, drop a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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Author

  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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