While browsing on Safari, do you keep getting “Cannot parse response“? Is this making browsing difficult for you? This issue occurs suddenly. A minute ago, you were browsing perfectly, but later an error pops up when you try to access a site or download a file.

Safari is the iPhone and MAC native browser and is widely loved by users. It’s that one stop to access the internet on all your devices. However, despite its popularity, some users have complained that an error stating “cannot parse response” sometimes pops out of nowhere and hinders the user’s browsing or entertainment activity.

Aside from iPhone users, MAC and iPad users have also reported this issue. Well, since you are facing this issue, below are some of the quick fixes that might help you get back on track with your browsing. 

What Does it Mean When Safari Says Cannot Parse Response?

Cannot Parse Response in Safari

You are trying to browse a particular page on Safari but keep getting “cannot parse response“. Frustrating, isn’t it? Safari is a web browser by Apple Inc. for iOS and MAC OS only. And this is why you’ll only see iPhone or mac users complain about being unable to parse response errors.

When you see this error, then it means that the web request you have made was not interpreted or corrected either by Safari browser or your internet server. These issues are temporary and easily solvable. You can refer to the troubleshooting methods mentioned in this article to find the fix most suitable for you.

Why I Keep Seeing Cannot Parse Response Error?

Cannot Parse Response in Safari

If this error appears when you are trying to load a page, it can be that either the page link is broken, or maybe it is not working. It could also mean that your internet is the one causing the issue. There can be various reasons for it. Sometimes according to users, they can access the same website through other browsers like Google, Firefox, etc. but not on Safari. Meaning the issue is not with the page.

Well, whatever the reason might be, we have listed all the possible causes and fixes for your issue. You can work your way down the list to find the one that works for you.

Check Your Internet Connection

One of the most probable causes is network issues. Check whether your internet connection is working or not. Some websites have a feature to detect whether the internet is working or not and display a message like “no internet,” but some completely stop working and show a message like “cannot parse response” when facing a network error.

Cookies and Website Data

Cookies and web data are necessary for a better user experience. The browser stores these for a faster and better user experience. But sometimes, the stored data is corrupted, causing errors like “cannot parse response”, etc.

The App is Corrupted

Safari is a browsing app exclusively for iOS and MAC devices. But, like all browsers, Safari also runs into errors sometimes. It could be that your app has become corrupted. Fix this by force quitting the browser and then restarting the app. This often solves the bug.

How To Fix Cannot Parse Response Error?

Cannot Parse Response in Safari

Below are some of the troubleshoots you can apply on your own to fix cannot parse response error.

Fixing Internet Connection

Check if you have given Safari access to the internet. For this:

  • Open “Settings” on iOS/ Mac OS
  • Select “Network Settings”
  • See if Safari has access to mobile data and WiFi or not.

Alternatively, check if your internet is giving similar responses on other browsers and devices as well. If so, then do a “Cold Restart” of your router. For this:

  • Power off your router
  • Unplug the router cable
  • After waiting for 5 minutes, restart the router
  • Wait for the router’s lights to stabilize, and then try browsing again on Safari

Most of the time, this solves the error.

Clearing Cookies and Website Data

To clear web data and cookies from your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • In the “Settings app”, select Safari from the apps list.
  • From the safari settings menu, select “Advanced menu”.
  • Click on “Website data menu” and delete the website which is causing the issue

Now try accessing the website that was causing the error. Similarly, you can delete cookies from mac ios as well. For this:

  • Open the Sarai app and select Safari from the menu bar.
  • Select “Preferences Option”.
  • In the “Privacy Tab,” open “Manage Website Data”.
  • Select the website where the error pops up and “Remove” it

After clicking on the “done” button, all the cache cookies related to the website will be removed, and you can try browsing again.

Reinstall the App

If the error persists even after relaunching the app, you need to reinstall the app. For this:

  • In case the error occurs on an iPhone or iPad, press down on the app.
  • A small cross will appear. Click it to uninstall the app.

And reinstall from the apple store.

Alternatively, in the case of a MAC laptop, you can uninstall the Safari app from the control panel and reinstall it again. Doing so often fixes the issue.

Antivirus Interference

Sometimes, the installed antivirus limits the system’s access to web pages that the program finds threatening. To deal with this, either disable the antivirus temporarily and, if the issue persists, uninstall the antivirus and then browser again from Safari to check the issue’s status.


Safari is a popular browser for iPhone users, so it must be frustrating when you are facing an error while loading a page. Hopefully, this guide addressed all the possible reasons why you keep seeing that “cannot parse response” error on Safari. Such issues are frequent but often temporary, so don’t worry, maybe if you try again after a few minutes, the same website would work perfectly fine.

However, after trying all the fixes above, the problem isn’t resolved, then you should contact the Safari help center.