Private Browsing Search Engine Suggestions

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by JustinBW, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. JustinBW macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Hey All,

    I just upgraded to 8.1.2 on my 5s the other day and I am noticing that when I browse in Private Mode in Safari (which is 100% of the time) I no longer receive search engine suggestions.

    In iOS 7.1.2 I was getting suggestions and still do on my iPad which is still at 7. Did Apple intentionally remove the ability to get suggestions in Safari Private Mode or is there some setting I have not enabled? It's beyond frustrating, so I would really like to get these back.

    Further, I am aware Apple no longer signs 7.1.2 for downgrading, but if I restore to a previous versos of iOS7, will I be able to upgrade to 7.1.2 or will my only updates be 8+? The last time I did a full backup was pre 7.1.2.

    Like an idiot I didn't do a backup before updating to 8; I had no idea there'd be so many annoyances.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    I don't know the answer to your question about the search suggestions, but you can't downgrade to any version of iOS 7 now that you are on 8 you are stuck with it.
  3. JustinBW thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    I got ya; I already tried that before posting, but I was wondering if I went to an old backup where my phone had 7.0.x, if I would be able to just upgrade to 7.1.2, but I am guessing thats not possible either.
  4. Syndicate0017 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2013

    Restoring a backup doesn't restore your iOS version. All it does is restore your applications and data to the point of the backup.
  5. JustinBW thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Well that solves that!

    Now on to the search suggestions in private browsing, anyone have any ideas?
  6. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    Not sure why that's happening. I get history and suggestions from my non private browsing when in private mode. But as it should be nothing is saved from my private browsing.
  7. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Why do you always have it in Private Mode?

    Apologies for the silly question.
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    For me it's the myriad of sites that install tracking cookies.
  9. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    What issue do they cause?

    This may open up a can of worms, and maybe i'm being a bit ignorant here but, I have never used Private browsing, and haven't had any issues.
  10. JustinBW thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    It's a fair curiosity. I don't like to have to manually clear my history/autofill. Kids use my phone and are getting pretty tech savvy, don't want them to see everything I've been looking up. Also the cookie stuff as well.

    I am fairly certain this was deliberate on Apple's part because Safari for desktop also doesn't supply search engine suggestions whilst in private mode any longer. I am just hoping I can turn them back on somehow.
  11. JustinBW thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    So, I'm guessing no one knows how to enable search engine suggestions while in private mode?
  12. JustinBW thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Intended privacy feature; limits the number of queries sent to search engine. Working as intended (spoke to someone at Apple).

    Hoping for a settings to add SES back into private browsing.

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