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How to Fix "Safari Not Working on Mac"?

By Marice | Lasted Updated 2018-08-17 06:30:09

I bought a new MacBook Pro and I was very excited to use it for my daily routine. I surf the Internet a lot and with my new MacBook Pro, I opened Safari.

However, I noticed that the browser loads up pages too slow and it crashes all the time. How do I fix safari not working on mac?

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This new guide will show you everything you need to know about how to deal with Mac safari not working. Read along.

Owning a laptop with high-end specs is useless if the applications contained within it are always crashing.

If you have a high-performance Mac and a high-speed Internet connection, these two will be useless if Safari opposes them with poor performance.

Your surfing experienced is not only dependent on your Mac device and your network, it is also dependent on the browser you use.

If you have noticed that Safari is too slow and always crashes, this article will give you a guide on how to fix these problems and help you get back on track.

safari slow on mac

So, let’s get started…

Part 1. How to Repairing Safari Not working on Mac?

Surfing the Internet can be really fun. However, if you experience a lot of issues, it can be frustrating. Here are some ways you can do to improve your browsing experience.

Method 1- Clearing Your Browser Cache To Enhance Safari Browser’s Speed

Browser cache is temporary data that are formulated to make the browser experience faster. But sometimes, under certain situations, it can hamper the browser’s speed.

It can actually be corrupted, causing Safari to crash or slow down. It even causes privacy issues for the user.

If your Safari crashes, you have to remember when it crashes and how. Does it crash during the time of launching or does it crash when you open a specific webpage or site?

 

If it crashes due to a specific page or site, you have to simply delete the history of that specific site in Safari. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1 - Go to Safari’s Preferences

Step 2 - Visit the Privacy section

Step 3 - Check out Remove All Website Data button and press the Detail button under it

Step 4 - Find the specific site

Step 5 - Delete it from the list

However, if you are experiencing a lot of issues with multiple sites, then clearing your entire browser cache is the way to go. Here’s how to clear Safari browser cache files manually:

Step 1 - Go to Safari Preferences

Step 2 - Click tab named Advanced

Step 3 - Enable Show Develop menu

Step 4 - Locate the menu bar and click Develop

Step 5 - Choose Empty Caches

Doing this manually can be a pain if you don’t know all about this stuff. We recommend that you use a tool called iMyMac-Cleaner’s Browser Cleanup to clean your browser and enhance its performance. Here’s how to use it step-by-step:

Step 1: Download and Launch iMyMac-Cleaner

Download iMyMac Cleaner. Launch the program on your Mac device. Click Browser Cleaner on the left-hand side

Launch Mac Cleaner

Step2: Choose Browser Cleanup Option and Start Scan

Click Scan button to comprehensively scan browser data. When the scan process is complete, various browsers will be displayed.

scan browser

Step3: Preview and Select Desired Safari Data to Clean

Choose the desired browser (in this case, Safari). And choose the various categories you want to delete in the right-hand side of the screen.

select browser data to clean

Step 4: Browser Cleaning is Done

Press Clean and confirm the process. Wait for the cleanup process to be complete.

clean browser data

Method 2- Enhance Browsing Speed By Deactivating Safari Search Suggestions.

To help speed the search process, search suggestions is one feature we can activate. But sometimes, this feature is related to the cessation of Safari and ultimately, its crash.

This is known as the safari search bar crash. The issue has been addressed by some updates.

If you are still affected by this issue, you should just deactivate Search Suggestions in Safari. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1 - Visit Safari Preferences

Step 2 - Click the tab labeled Search

Step 3 - Uncheck the box named Include Search Engine Suggestions. This is located under Search Engine Selection

Step 4 - Close the Preferences

Method 3- Safari Is Non-Responsive: Force Shutdown Then Restart.

When your Safari browser is operating at its peak, you’ll never see the endless spinning wheel. However, when Safari is non-responsive, give it a few moments.

Maybe the page you are loading contains a heavy script. Or probably, your Mac device resources are being eaten up by another task it is focusing on.

Simply resist your urge to Force Quit the browser. Then, count from one to twenty. But if there is no response, wait and see if you can still be patient for a little while longer.

Part 2. How to Repair Slowness And Freezing Of Safari In Mac?

Did you wait that long and Safari is still non-responsive? Well, we have to face it. Patience is not the solution to everything. Browsing experience usually becomes poor due to lack of regular maintenance.

Bad habits can even push a device to a point where it regularly freezes or slows down. If that’s what you’re currently facing right now, you have to read on…

1. Seriously Slow Browsing Experience - Avoid Multiple Tabs.

The simple fix you can do is to close tabs you aren’t going to use. Common sense. Multiple tabs compete for resources of your Mac’s system. Same goes for having multiple windows open. 

However, if you want to check or read a page later and do not want to add it to your bookmark, you can simply add it to your browser’s reading list.

This allows for storage of content you can read later (offline). Here’s how to do it:

Press Share menu then simply select Add To Reading List. Another option would be to right-click a specific link and select Add To Reading List.

You can also hover your mouse towards the address bar and press the + icon.

In order to view your reading list later on, you have to go to Safari’s sidebar and press the reading glasses icon.

2. Deactivating DNS Prefetching.

Safari’s performance is bogged down by having multiple tabs open. However, if you only have one tab left and Safari still lags, crashes, or freezes, then it’s time to deactivate DNS prefetching.

DNS Prefetching is a specific feature formulated to make the browsing experience faster.

It scans the embedded web page links on a specific page and it queries your DNS server to actually resolve every link towards its actual IP address.

This feature, designed to enhance performance, can actually bog your browser down.

If Safari opens a page that contains thousands (or even millions) of links, the DNS Prefetching process can cause Safari to freeze.

If you think this is the issue, you can disable DNS Prefetching using the following method:

Step 1 - Launch Terminal

Step 2 - Enter the following command: defaults write com.apple.safariWebKitDNSPrefetching Enabled -boolean false

Step 3 - Hit Enter

If you have done this and the page you are trying to visit doesn’t result in crashes anymore, then it worked. However, if it still crashes, you must enable DNS Prefetching. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1 - Launch Terminal

Step 2 - Type the following: defaults write com.apple.safariWebKitDNSPrefetchingEnabled

Step 3 - Hit Enter.

Step 4 - Close the Terminal

Step 5 - Restart your Safari browser

Part 3. How to Protect One’s Privacy In Safari?

Data collection is part of the World Wide Web. It happens on the Internet and is actually quite scary. You can actually use Safari securely and privately and we’re going to show you how to do it.

1- Clear Cookies And AutoFill Forms.

Cookies are not intrusive on one’s privacy. However, they are used for storage of data that can be utilized for profiling users and website tracking as well.

Cookies can also be used to improve browser experience. However, it can still lead to privacy issues.

Plus, autofill forms are actually concerning to other Internet surfers. When you’re simply typing in data on Safari and it shows information you don’t want it to know, it’s best to remove autofill data.

Here’s how to remove cookies manually in your Safari:

Step 1 - Go to Safari Preferences

Step 2 - Visit Privacy

Step 3 - Go to Manage Website Dat

Step 4 - Remove or clear cookies on particular sites or remove all cookies present

Here’s how to clear autofill data in Safari:

Step 1 - Go to Safari Preferences

Step 2 - Go to Autofill

Step 3 - Deselect every option you find

Step 4 - Restart Safari

You can also clean these data in your browser using iMyMac’s Browser Cleanup. Just do the steps stated before and click the right categories you want to delete. 

2. Safari Private Browsing.

To stay off the grid, you should utilize private browsing. When you use this feature:

-Each tab in a specific window is isolated from the others. This means that websites you open in one tab cannot track the actions you perform on the other.

-Safari will not take note of the pages you visit. It won’t remember Autofill information too.

-Recent searches you have made will be excluded from the results list once you utilize the Smart Search field.

-Safari won’t take note of changes done to your cookies and other site data

-Plugins that support this feature (Private Browsing) will not store cookies and won’t track other information

To utilize Private Browsing, you just have to choose File, then click New Private Window. You can also make Safari launch private browsing by default.

To do this, you have to go to Safari Preferences. Press General. Then, click the pop-up menu stating Safari Opens With. Then, select A New Private Window.

Part 4. CleanUp Plugins And Extensions?

Add-ons to your browser doesn’t always lead to better performance. Here’s how to clean them up to eliminate common Safari problems.

1. Removal Of Safari Add-Ons (Extensions) And Plugins.

Add-ons (also called extensions) and plugins can actually cause Safari to crash, lag, or slow down. They are usually formulated to enhance browser experience.

However, ironic as it may seem, they tend to unleash the opposite effect. Sometimes, they even contain malware.

To dig deeper into the problem, you can try to open Safari in Safe Mode. You do this by launching the application while pressing Shift.

This will launch Safari in a mode where there are no plugins and extensions. If your experience improves, then extensions and plugins might be your problem.

Here’s how to remove these extensions:

Step 1 - Go to Safari Preferences

Step 2 - Open tab labeled Extensions

Step 3 - Remove unwanted extensions found in the list

The best thing to do here is to remove all extensions at one time. Then, open them one by one to check out which is the actual culprit.

2. Deactivate Or Uninstall Flash And Plugins.

Flash is actually a plugin in your browser. It actually eats up much of your systems resources and browser resources too. Here’s how to remove Flash:

Step 1 - Go to Adobe’s website and download the Flash uninstaller

Step 2 - Choose your operating system

Step 3 - Open the uninstaller on the folder where you placed it

Step 4 - When the uninstaller launches, click Uninstall

Step 5 - Input your admin password

Part 5. Conclusion.

Safari is supposed to be optimized for enhanced browsing experience. But a lot of factors might cause it to crash, slow down, or lag.

Plugins can cause troubles, search suggestions can cause it to lag, and multiple open tabs can also cause it to crash. The best way to fix this is to do an entire cleanup of your Safari browser.

You can do this easily with iMyMac’s Browser Cleanup tool.

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