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How to Enable JavaScript on iPad

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The Apple iPad is an incredibly versatile device. What began as a simple tool for media consumption has evolved into a powerful computing platform comparable to full-fledged laptops for various tasks.

Knowing mobile Safari is essential whether you are just starting your journey to iPad mastery or looking to enhance your proficiency. This handy guide will walk you through enabling JavaScript on Safari for iPadOS, increasing the range of web-based applications on the platform.

The Quick and Easy Key to JavaScript on Safari

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, he called it a third category of device between a smartphone and a laptop. Jobs’ vision for the iPad was a simple device designed for media consumption—lighter than a laptop, with a larger screen than a phone. The first item on his list of media was browsing the web.

Since that time, iPads and the web itself have evolved to include richer content, as well as browser-based applications, games, and entire office suites. With the introduction of Apple’s in-house M1 chip, current iPads have processing power that rivals some last-ten desktop PCs. These enhancements make the iPad a strong contender in the mobile computing space. 

To take advantage of the many opportunities available to the iPad, you need to ensure that the iPad’s built-in web browser, Safari, is fully updated with JavaScript enabled.

Follow these simple steps to enable JavaScript on your iPad, and experience everything the modern web offers.

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  • From the Home Screen, tap the Settings icon.
  • Scroll down the list of settings categories in the left-hand column and tap on Safari.
  • In the right-hand column, scroll to the bottom of Safari’s settings and tap on Advanced.
  • In the Advanced Safari settings menu, tap the JavaScript toggle switch to turn it on.
  • Close the Settings app to finalize your settings, and restart Safari to ensure the changes take effect for any currently open websites.

Getting the Most From Mobile Safari With JavaScript

Now that you have JavaScript enabled, many more options are available, from exciting games to browser-based office applications. You can also run a wide range of JavaScript browser benchmarks to test Safari’s performance on your iPad. If you suspect a particular extension is causing issues, you can opt to disable that extension and regain optimal speed.

Though many people try to disable JavaScript to bolster security, on iOS devices, the primary factor in security is keeping your device updated. With the latest security patches for iPadOS, you can confidently browse the entire web with JavaScript enabled and enjoy the rich content available today.

Desktop Web in the Palm of Your Hand

The original draw of the iPad all those years ago was the full-sized web available in your hand. Today, the iPad is still fulfilling Steve Jobs’ dream of an unlimited and genuinely mobile internet from your favorite chair or couch.

The iPad has become so mainstream and capable that many have opted to shift their entire workflow onto their iPad, abandoning standard PCs altogether.

As you browse the web, listen to your favorite music, and watch your favorite videos on your iPad, remember where it all started in 2010. The first generation iPad was a visionary device far ahead of its time, and it set the gold standard for all other tablet devices.

In this article, we have seen how easy it is to enable JavaScript on your iPad. If you would like more information on how to enable JavaScript on iPad Air, check out our other handy guides for all of your devices, from computers to smartphones.