By July Mayer
Safari is the default browser on Mac, and it’s considered to be stable and reliable. But, occasionally, you may experience some problems just like with any other app. For example, Safari may quit unexpectedly as you surf the web. That may happen when you are overloading your Mac’s RAM or CPU.
If this issue occurs repeatedly, it can be very frustrating. Learn about what you can do to fix the problem when this browser is not working as expected.
Install Software Updates
Make sure that your machine has the latest versions of the macOS. Install updates to the system and download the latest version of the Safari browser. It’s also important to update Safari extensions if you have installed any. When you finish with updates, restart your device and try to launch the browser again to see if the problem has been fixed.
Turn Off Extensions
Out of date and corrupted extensions can cause problems with Safari, but even they are up to date, you can temporarily turn them off to find out if they are affecting the browser.
- Open Safari
- Select Preferences in the Safari menu.
- Click the Extensions tab and review the list of extensions.
- You can turn off each extension by deselecting its checkbox.
- Exit preferences and test the browser.
If your actions didn’t help fix the problem, the extensions aren’t the issue, and you can turn them on. But if the problem is fixed, that means, it was caused by a corrupted extension, so you’ll need to remove it. You can do it by selecting the unwanted extension and pressing the Uninstall button.
Clear Safari History and Website Data
Websites can store cookies and other data on your Mac and that can negatively affect your browser performance. You can solve this problem by removing that data.
First, go to History from the Safari menu and choose the option “Clear History”. Now you need to choose how far back you would like the browser history to be cleared. You should select All History.
Next, click on Preferences and select the Privacy tab. When you press the Manage Website Data button, you’ll have two options. You’ll be able to remove data from individual websites if you choose specific data from the list. Or you can choose the option Remove All to get rid of everything at once. That should help resolve most of the problem
Cache files may occupy a lot of space on your drive, so getting rid of them may fix the issue. Here is how you can remove them. Go to Safari and choose Preferences. Click on Advanced and check the option “Show Develop menu in menu bar”. Click on the Develop menu and then select Empty Caches.
If you find that completing all the steps we described manually is rather time-consuming, there is an easier and faster way to fix issues with Safari automatically. You’ll be able to get the same results using a good Mac cleaner app and save tons of time.