safari not open on macbook

Safari won’t open on your MacBook may be because of one or more problems with your Internet connection. In case, your proxy or firewall settings are preventing Safari from accessing the Internet, Safari not open issue may occur. You can go for a quick fix, try to remove unsupported third-party add-ons from your browser. Many times, Safari program files are corrupted, to fix it, delete the program’s preference files.

Methods to solve Safari won’t open issue

Below we have discussed some easy and proven fixes to solve the Safari not open issue. Let’s see them one by one:

Check your Proxy Settings

The first thing you can try is, check your network connections for any proxy servers. Open your MacBook’s system preferences and look for any misconfigured settings as they may prevent Safari from launching. Tap the Apple icon at the top left corner of your MacBook’s screen. Click on “System Preferences” and select the “Network” option. Now go to the “Advanced” option and click on “Proxies” to check your configuration. Try to disable your proxy settings.  Restart Safari and see if the issue is gone or not. If not, try the next fix.

Firewall Settings

Many times, a misconfigured firewall is there that is blocking Safari and other programs from accessing the Internet. To check your firewall settings and to make sure that Safari is not blocked, follow these steps:

  • Click the Apple icon in the top left of your screen.
  • Select “System Preferences.”
  • Click on the option “Security & Privacy”.
  • Select “Firewall.”
  • Click the lock icon and enter your administrator password, if asked.
  • Click “Firewall Options” and browse the list of programs and check to see if Safari is listed.
  • If you find Safari is listed there, click the up and down arrow icon next to its name and tap “Allow Incoming Connections.”
  • Click “OK.”

Third-party Add-ons

It is warning from Apple Support to avoid third-party add-ons as it can cause Safari to quit, run slowly or have other performance issues. To be sure, check the add-ons installation package for an uninstall feature. You can also manually remove the add-on files from the root-level and user-level libraries in Finder.

Find the following folders in your root-level Library folder. After locating them, browse their contents for any third-party add-on files. If you find any of them, move them to the Trash, but do not delete them.

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ /Library/Input Methods/ /Library/InputManagers/ /Library/ScriptingAdditions

Locate the following folders in the user-level Library in your Home folder:

~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ ~/Library/Input Methods/ ~/Library/InputManagers/ ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions

Now open each folder and move any third-party add-on files to the Trash. Make sure, you do not delete them.

Try to reopen Safari and If Safari opens, replace the files one at a time. You need to retest Safari after replacing each file. After identifying the culprit, delete those files. You can also replace files by right-clicking them in the Trash and going for the “Put Back” option.

Delete Preference Files

A preference file is used by Mac OS X programs to save user information. It loads as the programs starts. Safari preference files save many kinds of information such as a layout, appearance or download actions. If preference files are corrupted, they can prevent applications from opening. Once you delete these files, you can reset your preferences, and fix the problem.

To delete Safari’s preferences, open Finder and click the “Go” menu option at the top of the screen. Click on “Go to Folder.” Now either type or paste “~/Library/Preferences” and click “Go.” Drag the “com.apple.Safari.plist” option to the Trash and empty the Trash.

Now restart your computer and try to open Safari.

Try all the above fixes until you resolve the issue completely. If there is any problem, you can call on the toll-free number of customer support. They are available 24*7 and fix your problem in the best possible manner.

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