Safari is among the most popularly used browsers by Mac users. The majority of these users love it for its privacy-focused and simple features. However, just like any other browser or even the best software out there, Safari is prone to its faults. While using this browser, you may find yourself in a situation where it may stop working.
How to Fix Safari Not Working On Mac
Any time Safari stops responding or crushes, you should first try troubleshooting it to find the reasons behind its unresponsiveness. Fortunately, many have been through such situations and have, as a result, found several solutions to fixing the Safari browser whenever they experience such issues on their Macs.
Common Safari problems many Mac users experience include:
- Safari crashes after it opens
- Safari not responding
- Safari not opening
- Safari will not open or load
- Safari runs slow or becomes unresponsive
- Safari’s menus are grayed out
The above issues may be caused by:
- Many open tabs
- Uncleaned caches, cookies, history logs, and downloads.
- An extension or plugin in your Safari browser
- An outdated Safari version
- An outdated macOS version
Solutions for Fixing Safari Not Working on Mac
There are several solutions you can use to fix common Safari issues like freezing and crashing problems.
Solution 1: Closing all the Tabs
You may find yourself using multiple tabs either for research or for work. However, this may be one of the many reasons causing the Safari browser to malfunction. If this is the case, you may have to close a few of these tabs. Each open tab or window on your Mac uses a considerable amount of your system’s resources, which causes your Mac and the browser in use to strain.
Therefore, closing a few tabs would undoubtedly boost Safari’s performance. To close all tabs on Safari, follow these steps:
- Launch Safari and place the pointer over a tab.
- On the tab’s left side, click on the Close button.
Solution 2: Updating Safari
Before looking at other issues that may be the cause of Safari’s problem, you have to update Safari or ensure you are running an updated version of the browser. Since Safari is a part of macOS, whenever you update the OS, Safari also gets updated. Therefore, to solve any Safari issues on your Mac, you need to update macOS, and the latest updates for Safari will be installed.
Follow the steps below to do this:
- For macOS Mojave or later versions, launch System Preferences and then click on Software Update.
- If a new version of macOS is available, click Update Now and proceed by following the on-screen instructions. Optionally, you can turn on macOS automatic updates by checking or ensuring the Automatically keep my Mac up to date checkbox is marked.
- For earlier versions like macOS High Sierra, launch your Mac’s App Store app.
- Click on the Updates tab and proceed on by following the on-screen instructions.
Solution 3: Running Basic Troubleshooting Methods
To find a fix for the browser’s issues, first, start by removing stored website cookies and data, which you can further read on our Clearing Safari Cache and Cookies guide.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- Launch Safari > Preferences > Privacy.
- Click on the Manage Website Data button, and then click on Remove All.
Secondly, an issue with the browser’s extension may be the cause of the problem. Follow these steps to check your extensions:
- Launch Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
- Deselect the “Enable… extension” checkbox to turn them all off.
- Quit Safari and then relaunch it.
If Safari starts working, then it means one of the extensions was the problem. You can turn on the extensions one at a time until you can find the one causing issues. If the browser still does not work, you can enable the extensions.
Thirdly, you can try clearing Safari’s cache on your Mac, and if this does not solve the issue, you can finally try resetting Safari.
Solution 4: Resetting PRAM or NVRAM
To do this, follow these steps:
- Turn your Mac off by going to the Apple menu and then click on Shut Down.
- Turn your Mac back on, immediately press and hold Option + Command + P + R keyboard keys (Hold for 20 seconds).
- PRAM and NVRAM will be reset.
Solution 5: Use Safe Mode
Using Safe Mode on your Mac allows a basic check of your system to be conducted and all problems identified thereof fixed. To use Safe Mode on your Mac, follow these steps:
- Turn your Mac off by going to the Apple menu and then clicking on Shut Down.
- Turn your Mac back on, immediately press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard until a login screen appears.
- Let go of the Shift key and proceed to log in to your Mac, which will now be in Safe Mode.
- Launch Safari and test it to see if the issue also occurs while in Safe Mode.
- Turn off your Mac and turn it back on to normally restart it.
- Once on, check if the issue with your Safari browser has been resolved.