If I set Website Restrictions to Limit Adult Content, Safari stops showing search engine suggestions regardless of the engine being used (Bing, Yahoo, Google, or DuckDuckGo). If I change the setting back to All Websites, it starts working again. Search suggestions do show up if I make the query from the search engine's webpage.

I'm currently seeing this behavior on an iPhone 5S running iOS 11.2.6, but I've also seen it on other devices and OSs. If this is a known issue to Apple, I have yet to find a public statement about it.

How do I make search suggestions work when iOS restrictions are enabled?

  • Is there a question here?
    – fsb
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 20:51
  • You needed to spell it out for everyone because it was just a statement without any question. See How to Ask for tips on how to ask good questions.
    – fsb
    Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 22:40

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I was wondering too so asked Apple Support and got a confirmation that this behavior is expected. In my opinion, it does not make sense to disable this feature since the suggestions still work in other app browsers. It only makes the Safari user experience worse.

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    Do you have a quote or a link? If so, could you edit] it into your answer? Commented Jan 15, 2023 at 12:14
  • Sorry, I can’t even find a history of the chat conversation with the apple safari support. You can ask them too. They response quickly.
    – Ikaros1x2
    Commented Jan 16, 2023 at 13:24

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