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Buttons/links don't work in Safari

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Dec 14, 2012 8:37 PM

When I use my iPad to surf the internet, there's a lot of times I run into certain buttons or links that don't do anything when I push them. One common example is on the desktop version of YouTube (I know, it's the desktop version, but it's the only common example I can think of right now. Plus, I prefer desktop websites to mobile versions, especially on a tablet). In the comments on YouTube, if you try clicking (tapping, I guess, to be more accurate) on the "Reply" buttons or the thumbs up or down buttons... They don't work. They'll respond to your touch, but they won't do anything beyond that.


I run into buttons like this all too often. They'll work fine on a regular computer, but on mobile, they don't work. Why? Is there any way to fix this? It's gotten very frustrating.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 5.1.1
  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 4:56 AM (in response to aws2)

    Not all website and their features are going to bahave the same way on a mobile device as on a computer. Some sites will have more than one version that the browser will auto detect and load the proper one depending on what device its installed on. If a site offers an app for its site, it would be better to use that rather than trying to access it like you are on a computer.

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    Dec 18, 2012 8:35 PM (in response to aws2)

    I have the same issue, which started when I upgraded my iPad 3 to iOS 6.01 from 5.something.  Safari also spontaneously closes MUCH more frequently now.

  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 4:33 AM (in response to roadkill_97006)

    Reboot the device by pressing and holding down the home and sleep/wake buttons (power) at the same time until the apple logo appears on the screen, then let go.


    If that doesn't work then reset the device by going to settings/general/reset/reset all settings

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,315 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to aws2)

    Some sites, if they are coded to use Java, won't work as well on the iPad. If there is flash based navigation or content, then there are issues as well since the iPad doesn't natively handle flash.

  • roadkill_97006 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:26 PM (in response to GrumpyGator)

    Did that many times.  Changes nothing.

  • roadkill_97006 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 19, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to Skydiver119)

    This doesn't explain why the same site works fine half the time and crashes the other half, all while trying to access the same content.  All I'm usually doing is attempting to read a news article on NBC or CNN - NOT a video.  I firmly believe that there's something like a memory leak going on.  As to why the browser goes into spontaneous "lock on one page mode", which it does way too frequently, I'm stumped.  It simply refreshes the page it's on, refusing to load anything new.  Simply closing the browser and reopening it clears that.  Clearing history doesn't seem to.

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    Jan 1, 2013 10:04 AM (in response to roadkill_97006)

    I was having the same problems. It seemed to start a week or two ago, and was getting progressively worse. Even links on Google would work then later not.  This morning I couldn't get the "Reply" links on this page to work. Then I noticed that I had downloaded but not installed the iOS 6 update. After installing the update, the links seem to be working again.

  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)
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    Jan 1, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to cetbae)

    Always make sure your software is up to date.


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