I was just wanting to debug a JavaScript error in one of our pages that occurs for users with iOS 9. So naturally I plugged in an iPad 3 with iOS 9.3.5, opened the page in Safari and connected the remote debugger from a Mac Book running High Sierra.

Problem is, that the content of the debugger stays empty. I can see the debugger UI, but there is no network logs, DOM tree, console output, etc.

This problem occurs on every iPad 3 we own. On an iPad Mini running iOS 10 everything works as expected (but so does our website, so no debugging here).

Is there any way to enable the remote debugger again for iOS 9 devices?

  • I'm having the same problem. Have you discovered anything in the last month? Dec 12, 2017 at 2:03
  • No, and I don't think there will be any progress. Apple must have decided to deprecate the iOS 9 support in High Sierra. Luckily we've had another Mac Book running an older Mac OS. I've stuck a "do not update" sticker on it until we deprecate iOS 9.
    – McFarlane
    Dec 12, 2017 at 8:12
  • I had this too on Mojave and iOS 9 (iPad mini v1). I fixed it (somehow) by opening some other tabs and trying to inspect them. Once one succeeded, they all started working. No idea what's going on.
    – developius
    Aug 8, 2019 at 1:08


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