Safari Gets Slow or Does not Work on Mac: How to Fix It

safari-slow-on-macSafari is a browser that works very optimized on a Mac, due in large part to the development of Apple itself. However, we can find that Safari is slow at times, it takes time to open the pages and even gets desperate. But do not worry about it, since in this post we tell you some tricks with which to speed up the Safari browser to the maximum in macOS so that it works smoothly.

Tricks for Safari if it doesn’t work or goes very slow

As we said before, the most normal thing in the world is that Safari works optimally. Perhaps on older computers or with slower internet connections, some slowness is understandable. But if your internet connection is good despite everything, you can resort to deactivating certain functions that make the browser accelerate.

Refresh the browser

Safari, like other Apple native apps, is integrated into the Mac’s operating system. Therefore it is not updated from the Mac App Store or a specific website, but is receiving updates along with the rest of the macOS system.

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The latest version of the browser will always be the most recommended for incorporating not only functional innovations, but also internally in terms of optimization and performance. To check if there is a newer version of macOS you should go to System Preferences> Software Update.

Disable extensions

Something highly recommended in these situations is to deactivate the extensions, as they may not be working as they should and preventing the proper functioning of Safari. You can deactivate them by following these steps:

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

Block cookies and clear the cache

Perhaps the famous cookies can also cause the fluency problem of Safari. Many fragments of the data collected by the websites remain stored on our computer, sometimes causing the browser to slow down. Therefore you can try to block them and delete the saved data by following these steps:

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  1. Go to the Safari menu > Preferences .
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.
  3. In the section Cookies and website data you must be enabled the option Always block.
  4. Click now on Manage website data and then click on Delete all.
  5. Also activate the option Prevent tracking between sites within the Privacy tab.

Remove modules from the Internet and others

Finally we find the internet modules and other add-ons, which could be causing a problem in Safari. They do not always exist, but if they are, they should be searched and removed as follows:

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  1. Open Finder and, on the top toolbar, open the Go drop-down menu .
  2. Click on Computer.
  3. Enter the 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 all these tips have been carried out, Safari should work normally. In case the problem persists we recommend making sure that your internet connection is good and if it is, we recommend contacting Apple so that they can make a diagnosis with which to know what problem is on your Mac to prevent the proper functioning of the browser .