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Safari is slow or doesn’t work on a Mac, what can you do?

Safari is a highly optimized browser on a Mac, largely because Apple developed it itself. However, we may find that Safari is sometimes slow, takes a long time to open pages, and even leads to despair. But don’t worry about it, as in this post we’ll tell you some tricks to speed up the Safari browser to the maximum in macOS so that it works smoothly.

As we said earlier, it’s only natural for Safari to work in an optimised way. Perhaps on older computers or computers with slower Internet connections, a certain slowness is understandable. But if your Internet connection is good you can still resort to disabling certain features that make the browser speed up.

Update your browser

Safari is slow or doesn’t work on a Mac, what can you do?
Safari is slow or doesn’t work on a Mac, what can you do?

Safari, like other native Apple apps, is built into the Mac operating system. So it doesn’t get updated from the Mac App Store or a specific website, but instead receives updates along with the rest of the macOS system.

The latest version of the browser will always be the most recommended because it incorporates not only new functions, but also internal optimization and performance. To check if there is a more recent version of macOS you should go to System Preferences>Software Update.

Deactivate extensions

One of the best things to do in these situations is to disable the extensions, as they may not be working as they should and may prevent Safari from working properly. You can disable them by following these steps:

  1. Open Safari and on the top toolbar go to Safari Preferences.
  2. Click on the Extensions tab.
  3. You will now see the list of extensions you have activated, which have the corresponding box checked. You must uncheck the box of the extensions you want to remove. We recommend deactivating all of them.

Blocks cookies and clears cache

Perhaps the famous cookies can also be the cause of the flow problem in Safari. Many pieces of data collected by websites remain stored on our computers, sometimes causing the browser to slow down. So you can try blocking them and erasing the stored data by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Safari menu.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.
  3. In the section on Cookies and website data, the option Always block must be activated.
  4. Click now on Manage website data and then click on Delete all.
  5. Also enable the Prevent tracking between sites option under the Privacy tab.

Eliminates Internet and other modules

Finally, there are the internet modules and other add-ons, which could be causing some problems in Safari. They don’t always exist, but if they do, they should be searched for and removed as follows:

  1. Open Finder and, on the top toolbar, open the Go drop-down menu.
  2. Click on Computer.
  3. Go to your hard drive and open the Library folder.
  4. In the search bar you must enter the name of the following folders and delete their content: Internet Modules*, Input Methods, InputManagers, ScriptingAdditions.

In Internet Modules you should not delete these files: Default Browser.plugin, nslQTScriptablePlugin.xpt, Quartz Composer.webplugin and QuickTime Plugin.plugin.

Once you’ve carried out all these tips, Safari should be working normally for you. If the problem persists, we recommend making sure your Internet connection is good. If it is, we recommend contacting Apple so they can run a diagnostic test to determine what’s wrong with your Mac and whether it’s preventing your browser from working properly.

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