How to fix Safari prompting Forbidden error 403 on iPhone XS Max

The 403 error Forbidden Error that appears usually warns a problem with the web browser on a device. When you see an error while surfing the internet with Safari on your iPhone, it means the URL, the page you want to view is not available or you don’t have the permission to see it since your IP address is being restricted from accessing the page or resource. Thus, it leads to the 403 Forbidden Error serves as a code given to the Safari browser. The requested content would be forbidden regardless of authorization or invalid.

So many of you wonder what to do if the 403 Forbidden error appears on Safari browser on your iPhone XS Max. The answers will be highlighted below. Read on it to know what to do when Safari browser displays this error code while you are attempting to browse a page or website on your phone.

How to fix Safari browser that shows Forbidden error 403 on iPhone XS Max

Before getting started, you should make sure it’s the resource that you want to request. Many websites are secured to prevent the access to URLs that the server cannot provide the access like a file directory to users. So the first thing you should do is to double-check the exact URL that showing the 403 Forbidden error code and the URL you’re attempting to access is correct.

Solution 1: Force close Safari browser and reload it

If it’s the first time your Safari browser displays the 403 Forbidden Error, it might be a random glitch that’s easily fixed just by restarting the app. All you need is to follow these steps below to force close and re-open Safari on your iPhone:

  1. Swipe the finger up from the bottom of the screen and then pause a second.
  2. Scroll through right or left to see apps preview.
  3. Swipe up on the Safari preview tab to force close the app. Do the same to close the rest of the app previews if you want.

Closing all background apps is also a good solution to fix the problem if it leads to slow performance. Once you force close Safari and other background apps on your XS Max, you should then do a soft reset on your iPhone by following these steps:

  1. Press and hold the  Power button for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Slide to Power Off command, release the button and drag the slider to the right.
  3. After 1 minute, press and hold the Power button again until power on your iPhone.

A simple restart will clear junk files stored as cache on your iPhone’s internal storage including temporary data that were caused the conflict with Safari app.

Solution 2: Clear cache and cookies in Safari.

Cache and cookies stored on your web browser might include some corrupted files, which trigger various errors prompts. So, to clear them out, you should try clearing cache, cookies and web history from Safari on your iPhone XS Max.  To do so:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Safari > Privacy and Security section.
  3. Select Clear History and Website Data option

It will then clear out your history and cookies from Safari without changing your saved information. If you decide to clear cookies, but keep your browsing history, do these steps instead:

  1. Tap on SettingsSafari.
  2. Head over to Advanced 
  3. SelectWebsite Data.
  4. Tap on the option to Remove All Website Data.

Once you clear cookies, force close the Safari app, restart your iPhone and check the URL again.

Solution 3: Update Safari or rollback the latest upgrades.

The latest iOS update also contains updates for built-in apps and services, including the Safari app. So, the new update might get rid of any bugs that are causing you the trouble. To manually check for and install the latest iOS update, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on General > Software Update.
  3. If there is a new update available, just tap on Download and Install.
  4. Finally, follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to complete the update completely.

You can also set your iPhone to automatically install new updates. This will keep you from quickly install any important update for your apps without missing it. To do so, you need to enable automatic updates options on your iPhone with these steps below.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select GeneralSoftware Update.
  3. Toggle on Automatic Updates

From now, your device will automatically update to the latest version of iOS whenever there is a new version available.

If the 403 Forbidden Error started to appear after you install a new iOS update, then you should consider going back to the previous version when all the things were working fine. It will help if the error is caused by an update bug. If you have recently installed new extensions to your browser, you should also uninstall them and then check if the error has gone.

Also see: How To Fix Face ID Not Working On iPhone XS Max

Solution 4: Reset network settings on your iPhone XS Max

Sometimes, network-related factors might have triggered the 403 Forbidden Error code on your iPhone. In this case, performing a network settings reset is a good solution. This will also erase your network configurations along with any incorrect settings on your iPhone. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Open Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset network settings
  4. When prompted, enter the passcode to proceed.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm a network settings reset.

All errors related to the network will be resolved by this reset.

Solution 5: Reset all settings on your iPhone

If the previous reset doesn’t help you, you should then try resetting all settings on your iPhone XS Max. This method will also clear out any incorrect customizations and restore default values on your phone. Any errors related to customized settings will be removed. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. From your device Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Tap General > Reset.
  3. Choose the Reset all settings option
  4. If prompted, enter your phone passcode.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm all settings reset.

Your iPhone will then automatically restart and load the default options. So, you will need to re-enable individual features and services to use on your phone. Unlike a factory reset, this reset will not affect any saved data on your iPhone XS Max.