9 Fixes for “This connection is not private” in Safari on iPhone and iPad

The Safari browser on iPhone and iPad regularly notifies you about items that may compromise your online safety. This includes details about cookies, trackers and other warnings for your security. One such warning is “your connection is not private” in Safari, and sometimes it keeps popping up even when everything is fine.

So, in this article, we present you with nine different methods to solve the problem. But before we get into those methods, let’s learn more about the “your connection is not private” warning in Safari and what causes it.

What is “Your connection is not private” in Safari

The “Your connection is not private” error message is displayed when your browser cannot verify the validity of a secure connection between a website and your device. This means that your browser cannot check whether the site is safe. Any browser can experience this problem, including Safari on iPhone and iPad.

To protect your privacy and the security of your data, your web browser checks the website’s security certificate. Your personal information may be exposed to cyber attacks if the certificate is weak and out of date.

Generally, this means that your connection is unsafe and the error should not be ignored. You may see a similar error message in Safari.

Although it’s mostly a warning to help you stay safe, there are times when it’s just a bug or error and the site you’re trying to visit is safe. However, the good part is that we have some tried and tested methods to get rid of this problem. Read our next section to learn more.

How to bypass the “This connection is not private” warning in Safari on iPhone

Here are nine methods you can try to fix the problem. Let’s start by trying to clear browsing data in Safari.

1. Clear Safari data

Safari, like any other web browser, tends to accumulate a lot of temporary data over time. This is so that Safari can load multiple items directly from your local storage, instead of downloading them from the Internet each time. This can save some time, however, a large amount of cache can slow down your browser and cause some problems.

Therefore, clearing your browser data and cache can potentially remove the “your connection is not private” warning on websites.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and tap Safari.

step 2: Click “Clear Website History and Data”.

step 3: Select “Clear history and data”.

That’s all you need to do to clear your browsing data in Safari. If that doesn’t work, let’s try restarting the iPhone or iPad or the router.

2. Restart your iPhone/iPad and your Wi-Fi router

Restarting the devices in context – your iPhone or iPad and your Wi-Fi router can be a pretty effective fix for this problem, despite the fact that it sounds basic. So try turning off your Wi-Fi router and turning it on again.

However, if you are looking for steps to reset your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

Step 1: Turn off your device first.

  • On iPhone X and above: Press and hold the volume down button and the power button.
  • On iPhone SE 2nd or 3rd generation, 7th and 8th series: Press and hold the power button.
  • On iPhone SE 1st generation, 5s, 5c, or 5: Hold the power button at the top.
  • On iPad: Hold the power button at the top.
Restart your iPhone

step 2: Now drag the power slider to turn off the device.

step 3: Then turn on your device by long pressing the power button on your iPhone.

This is how you reset your iPhone or iPad. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you can try accessing the website using private mode in Safari.

3. Use private mode

When you browse a web page in private mode, your data will not be stored locally and you will not be logged into any account. So, you can try to dismiss the error by visiting the site in private mode.

Step 1: Click on the tab icon and select the tab groups icon.

step 2: Now select Private.

Step 3: Click on the plus icon. This will open a private tab. Then you can browse the website.

Here’s how you can access a website in private mode. However, you may encounter this error message if you are working with incorrect date and time. So, let’s try to fix this to fix the problem.

4. Check the date and time

Here’s how you can check the date and time on your iPhone or iPad and correct it accordingly.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select General.

step 2: Now select Date and Time.

step 3: Turn on the “Install automatically” switch.

This ensures that the date and time on your iPhone is automatically set from the Internet according to your time zone. However, if that doesn’t work either, it might be time to check the website’s URL and make sure you’re using HTTPS.

5. Only browse HTTPS sites

Today, websites mostly use the latest protocol called HTTPS. However, some sites also commonly use the deprecated HTTP protocol. It is less secure and not as encrypted as the HTTPS protocol. So, make sure you are always browsing a website that is running on HTTPS. To learn more, read our article explaining the differences between HTTP and HTTPS.

6. Disable VPN

A VPN is a mode in which your internet traffic is routed through a private server. However, if there are any problems with the server, this could be one of the reasons why you are seeing the message “your connection is not private” in Safari on your iPhone and iPad.

So let’s make sure VPN is disabled.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select General.

step 2: Select “VPN and Device Management”.

step 3: Make sure you are not connected to any VPN service.

Make sure VPN is not connected

Now that we know how to disable a VPN, there is another service that can cause the “this connection is not private” warning on the iPhone, and that is using extensions on it. Here’s how you can disable the same.

7. Disable third-party extensions

Extensions can be handy tools for blocking content or providing extra security when using Safari. However, they can also cause some problems, so you may want to try disabling them to see if they help you get around the “this connection is not private” error in Safari.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Safari.

step 2: Select Extensions.

step 3: Click on the extension.

Step 4: Turn off the switch to disable the extension.

A note: We disable the extension in the image for demonstration purposes only. This extension does not cause problems with Safari.

Here’s how you can disable Safari extensions. However, if you’re still getting the “this connection is not private” warning, you can skip down to the next few sections of this article as we’ll show you your options as a last resort.

8. Use a different web browser

Although Safari is a reliable web browser, it is far from a bug-free and flawless option. For unknown reasons, Safari may simply have an error that often shows a connection error.

So, you can try using some other good deals in the App Store, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Finally, although dangerous, you can try to bypass the error message and access the site.

9. Bypass “Your connection is not private” in Safari

If none of the above methods work and you want to access the website at any cost, you can simply bypass the error warning. However, we don’t recommend doing this as it can harm your online security.

If you could contact the web developer and confirm the reasons for this error message, that would be the best option.

Step 1: Select Show Details in the error message.

step 2: Click on “visit this site”.

step 3: Finally, click Visit Website to open it.

So these are all the ways you can fix this problem. However, if you still have questions, you can read the frequently asked questions section below.

Frequently asked questions about “Your connection is not private” in Safari

1. Is it safe to bypass the “your connection is not private” warning?

No, unless you are absolutely sure that the website content is safe to access.

2. What is an SSL certificate?

This is a digital certificate that verifies the identity of the website and provides an encrypted connection. It’s safe to visit sites with SSL certificates.

3. If I see this warning, is my browser hacked?

No, it is not hacked. The problem is mainly caused by the website.

4. Why do I get this warning when using public Wi-Fi?

You may receive this warning if you are using public networks, as the network’s security certificates may not meet the requirements. If so, we encourage you to check out these tips to stay safe on public Wi-Fi.

5. What other steps can I take to protect Safari?

You can block third-party trackers, disable cookies, and basically visit safe websites in Safari.

6. How to check if a website is secure or not?

You can use this website to check if the site you want to access is safe.

Browse Safari safely

These are all the methods you can use to fix the “this connection is not private” warning on your iPhone and iPad. However, keep in mind that this warning is not always the result of an error, and it could mean that the website is hacked. Therefore, it is a good practice to stay away from such sites. Stay safe folks!