Many times, Safari browser on Mac starts running slow, freezing up, not working properly, or crashing. Safari is the default browser on all Macs. It is well-optimized for everything you might throw at it. To fix Safari not working on Mac, read on this article.
Methods to fix Safari working on Mac
Below, we are discussing some common fixes to solve this issue.
Close all extra tabs
If you have opened multiple tabs, Safari will find difficulty in working properly. lots of open tabs slow down Safari performance by about 90%.
You can use Safari’s own Reading List feature in order to save articles for later. In this way you can close all tabs without “losing your place.” Copy all your links and keep them safely, ready for you when you need them.
Clear caches, cookies, and website data
Safari browser saves cached files and cookies for every website you visit, clearing them regularly can speed up your browsing experience. Go to Safari and click on Preferences. Select Privacy and click the Manage Website Data button. now select Remove All in the popup window in order to delete everything.
Another thing you can do is, open Safari and go to Preferences. Click on Advanced and check the box to “Show Develop menu in menu bar.” This will enable the Develop menu, here you’ll find an Empty Cache command with the Command-Option-E shortcut.
Disable search suggestions
Go to Safari and click on Preferences. Click on Search and uncheck the box for “Include search engine suggestions.” Now check if Safari is working faster.
Check all extensions
A third-party software developer writes Safari extensions. Therefore, when Apple applies security patches and fixes bugs in Safari.
To find which extension is causing the problem, turn them all off. Turn on them one by one. Go to Safari and select Preferences. Click on Extensions. Uncheck the box for each extension you want to disable. Or check the box to “Automatically update extensions from the Safari Extensions Gallery.” Your extensions will stay up to date.
Test other Safari plugins and add-ons
You can find the extensions and manage the other plugins and add-ons you might have in Safari. The hidden plugins could also cause the problems.
- From Safari, go to Preferences.
- Go to the Websites tab.
- Go to plugins in the bottom left corner. Disable them for specific websites.
To remove plugins, follow these steps:
- From Finder, Select Go and Go to Folder.
- Now Enter /Library/Internet Plug-ins.
- You’ll find the active plugins in this folder. Move them to trash.
- Other thing you can try is, quit Safari and open the Trash. Right-click on a plugin and choose Put Back to restore everything to the exact place.
- Open Safari once again.
- If it is working properly, quit Safari and put back another plugin.
- Repeat this process till you identify which plugin is causing the issue, and delete that one.
Update to the latest version of Safari
- Many problems are caused by plain bugs. Apple regularly issues security patches to fix these bugs. So before trying anything else, check for updates.
- Click the Apple icon to open the App Store on your Mac. Select App Store, and check the Updates tab.
- If you are not running the most recent version of mac OS, you don’t have to upgrade. Make sure you take any supplemental updates that are available for the mac OS version you have.
Inspect your network
When your network performs poorly, this slow speed can affect proper working of Mac. Restart your router and see if it works
If still you face any issue, take the help of customer support. They are available 24*7 to assist you.