I am on iOS 7.0.4 on an iPhone 5. I type in a IP address on my local network,, in my Safari address bar, and Safari completely ignores the fact that it is a host I am wanting to visit. Instead, it searches for www. in my ISP's search engine.

How can I force Safari to visit the host I am requesting and not assume it's a search term?

  • I'm having a similar problem here and am wondering how you solved yours? Thanks! apple.stackexchange.com/q/284762/53510
    – Ryan
    May 25, 2017 at 4:42
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    I'm not sure what my issue was specifically, because it could've been quite a variety of issues. I think my issues probably stemmed from me not completely understanding how my particular local server was working. I'll hop over to your question and see if I can help. May 25, 2017 at 14:38

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include http://


(Tested this and it works perfectly)

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    Both http:// and http:\\ still didn't work. Mar 31, 2014 at 1:33
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    sorry it should be (my slashes were backwards) also you need to include the ip address after the http://
    – sdmeyers
    Mar 31, 2014 at 1:35
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    I ran into this too. should definitely work. Double check the ip address though. If the server you are trying to reach doesn't respond (because it is at a different address or on a port other than 80) it will go back and try adding www to the front.
    – dwightk
    Mar 31, 2014 at 2:31
  • Okay, maybe the problem lies somewhere else in my network. The request must not have reached the server correctly. Thanks! Mar 31, 2014 at 3:52

I solved mine by connecting via another network. Probably it's a server issue. I tried


At first non of the url pattern worked for me but both seems to work now.

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