How to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Your Mac

If Safari runs slow or fails to open a page on your Mac, we will show you how to reset the browser to its default state to fix those issues.

Safari helps you feel at home while browsing the web on a Mac. The latest iterations of Safari always bring improvements, but no browser is perfect. Over time, Safari tends to slow down, become sluggish, and feel unresponsive.

While Chrome and Firefox pack a reset button, this feature is missing from Safari. We will show you how you can reset Safari to default settings on your Mac.

First, Back Up Your Bookmarks

After you've used Safari for a while, you probably have a lot of sites saved in your Bookmarks and Favorites. It's a good idea to make a copy of your Bookmarks before you proceed. Since you'll remove every bit data related to Safari, you probably don't want to erase all your bookmarks.

To do this, launch Safari, select the File tab in the top menu bar, and click Export Bookmarks . You can either set a new name or let it use the default one if you don't mind it. Click Save to save a copy of those bookmarks.

You may also want to edit, organize, and manage those bookmarks that you've collected over years.

After you've reset Safari by following the methods below, you can import the HTML copy of your Bookmarks by going to File > Import From and selecting Bookmarks HTML File . Make sure to save the file somewhere safe in the meantime.

Clear the Browsing History in Safari

To start, you should run Safari's built-in history cleaner. This will remove cookies and other browsing data from everywhere you've visited. Thankfully, the process to remove your browsing history manually from Safari is quite straightforward.

Related: How to Clear Your Safari Browsing History and Data

After opening Safari, click on the Safari item in the top menu bar and select Clear History . A window will pop up; select All History from the dropdown list. Then click on the Clear History button to erase all that data from Safari.

Remove the Temporary Files and Cache

To improve your browsing efficiency, Safari stores the data for sites that you visit regularly as cache on your Mac and uses that to load elements faster than downloading them again. That cache takes up disk space and often contributes to Safari's performance woes.

It's thus a good idea to get rid of that old data when you're resetting Safari to its defaults. Here's how to clear Safari's temporary files and cache:

  • While you have Safari running, open Safari > Preferences from the menu bar.
  • A window will pop open. Head to the Advanced tab and select the check box for Show Develop menu in menu bar .
  • The Develop menu will appear next to Bookmarks on the menu bar. Select Develop > Empty Caches or use Option + Cmd + E to quickly clear the web cache.

Delete All Cookies

Like other browsers, Safari stores site cookies whenever you visit websites. These cookies contain details about your interactions with the site, such as registration and form data, your cart contents, and similar. It's a good idea to remove those cookies when starting fresh.

Here's how you can clear all cookies from Safari:

  • Launch Safari and in the menu bar at the top of the screen, go to Safari > Preferences .
  • In the window that pops up, go to the Privacy tab and click the Manage Website Data button. That'll pop open a window showing the list of cookies in Safari.
  • You can hold down Cmd to select cookies to remove individually, or click Remove All to delete the entire list.

Turn Off Website Access/Delete Safari Plugins

While Apple builds Safari for efficiency, some outside plugins and website access rules can cause Safari to slow down. It's best to ensure that those plugins ask you before Safari runs them. You can also confirm which sites can access your Mac's camera, microphone, and other settings.

With Safari open, go to Safari > Preferences in the menu bar on the top of the screen. Go to the Websites tab and check each item in the sidebar for website access. We recommend disabling Auto-Play , Camera , Microphone , Location , and Pop-Ups , unless you have some reason not to do so.

If you're using an older version of Safari that doesn't have these options, you can head to Safari > Preferences and click on Security > Plug-In Settings . Then set all the plugins to Ask before Safari runs them, and disable the ones you don't need.

Disable or Uninstall Safari Extensions

Unlike Chrome and Firefox, Apple allows only a handful of extensions to work with Safari. Even with this filtering, some of them might impact your browsing performance and slow everything down. Whether you use extensions for saving articles to Pocket or applying dark mode on every website, they could affect Safari.

You can disable these extensions by going to Safari > Preferences and clicking the Extensions tab. Uncheck each extension listed to disable it. To remove all of them, you'll need to select each extension and click on the Uninstall button in the adjacent pane.

You can always find and install new Safari extensions later after resetting the browser. Try to only install high-quality ones you absolutely need.

Reset Safari Using Terminal

Even after removing cookies, cache, browsing history, and extensions, Safari still has some underlying metadata. To wipe everything in a true sense, you can use the Terminal app.

Using the Terminal to reset Safari to its default state means you'll have to use a series of commands. Refer to our beginner's guide to the Mac Terminal for using it effectively.

To reset Safari using Terminal:

  • Open the Terminal app (you can find it easily using Spotlight with Cmd + Space ).
  • Next, open the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen. Click Force Quit and select Safari to completely close it.
  • Enter the below commands commands, one line at a time. After you run each command, the Terminal will prompt for confirmation to delete said files. Type y to confirm, then hit Enter .

Reset Safari for a Fresh and Fast Browser Experience

Now you know how to effectively reset Safari to factory settings. It should feel faster after this—though all the sites you visit at first will take a couple of seconds to load completely, since they'll create new cookies and cache.

To get even more out of Safari, make sure you're applying the best Safari tweaks for a better experience.

How to reset all of your Safari browser's settings on a Mac, including clearing your cache and removing plugins

  • Knowing how to reset your Safari browser on a Mac can help speed up the browser and fix issues. 
  • However, resetting Safari will also cause you to lose browser-saved data, including login credentials and browser extensions.
  • Here's what you need to know to reset the Safari browser on your Mac computer.
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Resetting your Safari browser on a Mac computer can help speed it up and get rid of any issues you may have encountered. 

But before you start, be aware that it will delete your installed extensions, as well as any auto-fill data, including saved usernames and passwords. 

So you may want to take note of those before getting started, so that you can get your browser back to the way that you're accustomed to using it.

Once that's done, here's how to reset the Safari browser on your Mac .

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Resetting your Safari browser consists of several steps (like clearing your cache and history), rather than a simple button. So it will take a while to accomplish. Here's what you need to do:

Clear your Safari history

Keep in mind that the process is different for Safari on an iPhone or iPad , in case you want to do a reset across all of your devices.

1. Launch Safari

2. In the top toolbar, select "Safari" and then "Clear History."

3. Select "All History" in the dropdown and then click "Clear History."

Clear your Safari cache

1. With Safari open, go up to the top toolbar.

2. Select "Safari" and then "Preferences."

3. Toggle over to the "Advanced" tab and tick the box next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar" — you should see "Develop" appear in the top toolbar.

4. Click "Develop" and then select "Empty Caches."

Get rid of your Safari extensions

1. Go back into your Safari Preferences (located in that top toolbar)

2. Toggle over to the "Extensions" tab

3. Go through all of your extensions and select "Uninstall"

Turn off plugins within Safari

1. With the Safari Preferences window still open, toggle over to the "Websites" tab

2. Untick the box next to each plugin (listed at the bottom of the left sidebar)

Delete those plugins

These are stored in two separate areas, so your work will feel a bit redundant, but it's necessary to get the job done.

1. Tap your Finder to open it (it's the half-toned face icon in your bottom toolbar).

2. Under the "Go" menu of the top toolbar, select "Go to folder."

3. In the pop-up search menu, type "~/Library" and hit "Go."

4. Locate and go through the "Internet Plug-ins" folder and delete your plug-ins (you may want to keep your Safari Preferences open to "websites" so you can view your installed plugins) by dragging them over to the Trash.

5. Go up to the "Go" tab in your top toolbar and select "Go to folder".

6. Enter "/Library" in the search bar and hit "Go."

7. Locate and open the "Internet Plug-ins" folder again.

8. Select and delete or drag your undesired plugins into the Trash.

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How to Reset Safari to Default Settings

Restoring default settings is a multistep process

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What to Know

  • First, remove the browser history: Select Safari in the menu bar > Clear History , then select All History > Clear History . 
  • Remove cookies: Safari > Preferences . Select the Privacy tab > Manage Website Data > Remove All .
  • Clear cache: Safari > Preferences . Advanced > Select Show Develop menu in menu bar . Exit. Develop > Empty Caches .

This article explains how to reset Safari to default settings by removing Safari's history and cookies, clearing the cache, and disabling extensions. Instructions apply to Safari versions 11 through 14 and iOS.

Remove Browser History

The first step when resetting Safari is to remove your browser history. When you clear your browsing history, Safari removes data such as recent searches, the frequently visited site list, web page icons, the history of web pages you've visited, and more.

From Safari's menu bar, select Safari > Clear History

In the drop-down menu, select All History .

Select Clear History to complete the process.

To clear a particular website instead, navigate to History > Show History , select the website you want to clear, and press Delete .

Remove Cookies

When you remove all cookies from Safari, you'll lose personal registration data such as your name and address, shopping cart contents, preferred web page layouts, and more.

From Safari's menu bar, select Safari > Preferences .

Select the Privacy tab.

Select Manage Website Data .

Select Remove All .

Select Remove Now .

Select Done .

Clear Safari's Cache

When you clear Safari's cache, you're removing stored website data.

Select the Advanced tab.

Place a check next to Show Develop menu in menu bar , and then exit out of Preferences.

From Safari's menu bar, select Develop > Empty Caches .

Disable or Uninstall Extensions

Safari extensions are like mini-apps that add functionality to the browser. If you're trying to reset Safari, you'll want to disable or uninstall any extensions.

Select the Extensions tab.

Select an extension, and then deselect the checkbox next to the extension to disable it.

Many extensions have several sub-extensions, so you'll need to uncheck all of them.

After you've disabled an extension, you can uninstall it. Select Uninstall .

You'll see a message that the extension is part of an application, and that you'll need to remove the application. Select Show in Finder .

Finder will open with the app selected. Right-click on the application and select Move to Trash .

Enter your password and select OK . You've deleted the extension.

Clear Website Data on Safari for iOS

To clear Safari's settings on an iPhone or iPad:

Open the iOS device's Settings app.

Scroll down and select Safari .

Under Privacy & Security , select Clear History and Website Data .

Select Clear History and Data to confirm.

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How To Fully Reset Safari On Mac

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This article explains how you can fully reset Safari on your Mac. You might need to do this if Safari on your Mac runs very slowly, crashes often, acts bizarre, or functions incorrectly.

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Safari is included with the macOS operating system.

How to reset Safari

1-Remove site history

There are two ways to do this. If you want to remove particular web sites (e.g., a web site is giving you problems whenever you visit) then try the second option. Please also note that if you are using other Apple devices (iOS devices or other Macs), if you turn on Safari in iCloud preferences with the same Apple ID, your site browsing history will be removed from all of them.

See also: How To Change Default Search Engine in Safari

When you do this, you will be removing history of web sites you visited, recent searchers, list of download items, frequently visited sites list, web sites that asked to use your located and to send you notifications.

  • Open Safari
  • Click Safari located in the menu bar in the top left hand corner of your screen
  • Click Clear History

Safari clear history

  • Click the Clear History button
  • Click Preferences
  • Click the Privacy tab
  • Click the manage Website Data button
  • Here you can remove everything, or you can remove specific web sites. You can also search to find a specific web site.

2-Clear web caches 

Here is how you can clear Safari’s caches. Caches are images and videos, or the layouts for entire web pages you browsed.

  • In the Safari app, click Safari
  • Click the Advanced tab

Safari Develop menu

  • Close the Preferences window
  • Now you will see a new menu bar item called ‘Develop’
  • Click Develop

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Disable Safari extensions

Extensions are small programs that extends your Safari’s functionalities. They add new features to let you enhance and customize your browsing experience. But some may have bugs and thus cause problems. And you may want to turn them off. Here is how:

  • Choose Safari from the Safari menu bar
  • Click the Extensions tab
  • For each extension, you can use the checkbox to enable or disable that particular extension.
  • You can also uninstall extensions.

Disable Safari plugins 

Please note that Safari is no longer supporting most plugins. You can however view and manage the plugins you have installed. Here is how:

  • Click Safari
  • Click the Websites tab

Safari plugins

  • When you are done, close the window

See also: How To See The Full Web Site Address In Safari URL Bar

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I Have been having this for about a week now. I Have tried getting rid of the Cookies and what not, restarted Safari, everything still doesn’t work. Did Apple do something to Safari? Like I Can use Chrome and everything is fine, but I go to Youtube on Safari and login and I get a blank screen. I am not logged in I Can see the page it’s only when I login is when I can’t see anything. Again not the case with Chrome. Does anyone one know what is going on?

I have the same problem

Safari 14 I cannot attach photos into facebook, its takes forever to open any websites, i have cleared the history and still takes forever, its like something is running in the background making my computer run slow. We don’t even use this computer very much as we do most surfing on our iPad, we have att wifi which shows 4 bars on the wifi icon. Can the problem be to many files on the computer or in the iCloud?

No facebook or youtube since updating to Big Sur 11.0 Safari is not working properly.

Safari not working at all…i couldn’t even open http://www.google.com

Hi, I have done all steps recommended, YouTube still does not play on MacBook Air. YouTube opens alright, but when I try playing a video, it won’t play, just that circle on the screen that keeps rotating. Can you please help me solve this problem. I am not computer savvy. Thank you, Liviu

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How to Reset Safari on Mac to Default (Completely – Sonoma)

Safari is arguably the best web browser for MacBook and Mac computers. This may be attributed to the numerous improvements it has received over the years—especially in security and privacy. However, your Safari browser may start running slowly with time. 

This is often caused by the accumulation of junk and temporary files created by the browser over time. Resetting the browser clears such files, allowing it to run much faster. As you may be aware, the Safari browser on Mac no longer has a Reset button for this purpose. 

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However, you can still reset the browser to its defaults by individually clearing the history, caches, plug-ins, and extensions on the browser. Get to know how you can reset the Safari browser on your Mac in just a few steps.

How Do I Reset Safari Browser?

Since the unveiling of the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 , Apple no longer adds a Reset button to the Safari browser. As such, you cannot just reset the Safari browser in a single click as you would other popular browsers.

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Instead, you need to clear the following aspects individually:

  • The Browsing History
  • Website Data
  • Browser Cache 
  • Extensions 
  • Plug-ins 

Note : Clearing such temporary files on the Safari browser will cause you to lose important auto-fill data, including usernames and passwords. 

Here are the five things you need to do to reset the Safari browser on your Mac: 

Reset the Safari Cache 

Whenever you visit a web page, the browser saves the media files on that page as caches in a temporary folder—within the Library folder. Leveraging this saved information, Safari can reopen such web pages much faster.

While this is a beneficial functionality, these files accumulate over time and may occupy a significant amount of disk space. If not checked, this may slow or even cause the browser to crash. As such, it is advisable to clear your Safari browser cache as follows: 

Method 1: Clearing the Safari Cache from Its Preferences  

To clear the cache files from Safari preferences, proceed as follows: 

Step 1 : Launch the Safari browser from the Launchpad on your Mac. Step 2 : Click on Safari —located towards the top-left corner of the browser homepage. Step 3 : Select Settings/Preferences from the drop-down menu that comes up.

Open Safari Settings on Mac

Step 4 : Now navigate to the Advanced tab, then click on the checkbox adjacent to the Show Develop menu on the menu bar to enable it. This should display a Develop tab on the menu bar.

Turn on Web Developer Options on Mac

Step 5 : Click on this Develop menu command and choose the Empty Caches for all Profiles option (macOS Sonoma added the Feature of Create Profile in Safari & Save Cache for Different Profile). 

Empty Caches for All Profiles on Safari

Alternatively, you could also press the Command + E + Option key shortcut to clear the cache after enabling the Develop tab in Step 4 above. Once the Develop menu command is activated on your Safari browser, you can access it anytime you need to clear the cache. 

Method 2: Manually Clear Safari Cache  

If you are running macOS 10.14 or earlier macOS version on your Mac, you could also clear Safari Cache. These operating systems save all temporary files within the Library folder. To manually clear Safari Caches: 

Step 1 : Open Finder Using Spotlight Search on Mac.

Open Finder on Mac

Step 2 : From the top menu Go > Go to Folder .

Go to Folder in Finder Mac

Step 3: Navigate to  ~/Library/Caches hit the return and open the Caches folder.

Open Library Caches folders on Mac

Step 4 : Delete Only Safari Cache folders, use the search box in the finder window > Select Caches folder > Select Folders and Move to the bin .

Note : Be careful while deleting files from the Library folder, as removing essential files may end up damaging the system. 

Delete Safari Caches from Mac Finder

Or, select and then remove all the unnecessary files.

Clear All Safari Caches folder from Mac

Clear Safari Browsing History 

Just as is the case with other browsers, Safari keeps a history of the web pages you have visited in the recent past. To reset Safari on Mac, you need to clear this History as well. To clear the Safari browsing history on Mac: 

Method 1: Manually Clear the Browsing History on Safari  

The first option is to just wipe the history out manually, as illustrated below: 

Step 1 : From the Launchpad , open the Safari browser. Step 2 : From the Menu bar , select the History tab.

Clear History Options in Safari Mac

Step 3 : Choose the Clear History option from the drop-down menu that appears. Step 4 : Now select the time frame to clear, it is advisable to clear all history . 

Clear All History on Mac

In Addition, we can clear the safari cache for specific profiles, Options showing ‘ From ‘. Select Profile and Clear Cache for Specific Profile.

Clear Safari History for Selected profile on Mac

Step 5 : Finally, click on the Clear History button to initiate the process. 

Note : If you happen to have enabled Safari in iCloud settings under the same Apple ID, a change in your browser history will be reflected across your other Apple devices using the same ID. Deleting Safari’s browsing history on one device will automatically clear the browsing history on the other Apple devices logged in under the same Apple ID. 

Method 2: Configure Safari to Clear Browsing History Automatically 

You could also set up the Safari browser in such a way that it automatically deletes your browsing history after a specified period. To do this: 

Step 1: Open the Safari app on your Mac and then open Safari Settings/Preferences.

Open Safari Settings on Mac

Step 2: Navigate to the General Settings tab on your Safari browser. Step 3: Select the Set up Remove history items option.

Remove Safari History Automatically on Mac

Step 4: Select your preferred clearing frequency for the automatic history removal. Step 5: Once set up, Safari will automatically be clearing your browsing history after the period you selected. 

Select Duration to Clear History Automatically from Safari Mac

Reset Your Safari Website Data

Having cleared the cache and browsing history, now you should reset the website data to reset the Safari browser on Mac. To clear your Safari website data, you should: 

Step 1: Launch the Safari browser on your Mac. Step 2: Click on Safari—towards the top-left corner of the Safari homepage. Step 3: Select the Settings/Preferences option and then navigate to the Privacy tab. Next, click on Manage Website Data 

Manage Website Data on Safari Mac

Step 4: before clicking Remove All —at the bottom-left corner.

Remove All Website Browsing Data from Safari Mac

Step 5: Finally, click on the Remove Now button to confirm this operation.

Remove All Stored Data from Safari Mac

Reset, Uninstall, or Disable Safari Extensions and Plug-ins 

Both extensions and plug-ins add to the functionality of the Safari browser. However, some may malfunction and affect the functioning of the browser. When that happens, you need to troubleshoot and uninstall or disable problematic extensions or plug-ins. 

To fully reset Safari, you need to get rid of the extensions and plug-ins that have been added to the browser as well. 

To Remove Extensions on Safari:  

Launch the Safari browser then click on Safari —positioned on the top-left corner. Next, select the Settings/Preferences option then open the Extensions tab. This should display a list of extensions that are currently installed on Safari. Click on any one of them then click the Extensions button. 

Remove Safari Extension from Mac

Follow on-screen prompts to uninstall the extension. Repeat this for each extension until you have uninstalled all the extensions on this list. 

To Remove Safari Plug-Ins:

Launch the Safari browser, then click on Safari —on the top-left corner of the homepage. Select Preferences and then navigate to the Security tab. Click on the Allow Plug-ins option to untick it. 

How Do You Reset Safari on Mac Terminal?

If you fancy running some commands in Terminal, you can use this method to reset the Safari browser to default settings on Mac. If you’d rather use Terminal to reset Safari on Mac, here is how you should go about it: 

Step 1: Launch a new Terminal window on your Mac as follows: Applications > Utilities > Terminal  Step 2: To avoid losing data, you could save your bookmarks before resting Safari. In this regard, you need to run the following command on the new Terminal window: 

Step 3: You can now begin resetting Safari by force quitting the browser. To do this, run the following command on the Terminal: 

Step 4: With this method, you also need to clear Safari cookies, Cache, and folders to reset the browser. You can do that by running the following commands, one after the other, on your Mac Terminal: 

Press the Return key to run the command. 

Hit the Return key to run it.

Press Return to run this command. 

Step 5: Now that you’ve cleared your Safari cookies, cache, preferences, you can proceed to clear the more stubborn files. To accomplish this, run the following commands on your Mac Terminal, one after the other. 

Note : Remember to press the Return key after entering each of the commands into Terminal and them wait for it to execute before running the next command. 

These are the commands you should run to reset the Safari browser using Terminal: 

Copy and paste each of the lines onto Terminal separately and run it before entering the next line. 

Step 6: At this point, the browser should have been successfully reset to factory settings. Now you can restore the bookmarks you saved in step #2 above. However, this step is optional. If you’d like to restore your saved bookmarks, run the filling commands: 

Press Return to execute this command. Once your Mac is done running this command, copy and paste the following onto your Mac Terminal: 

You have successfully reset Safari on Mac Terminal. Launch the Safari app and start afresh as though it was newly installed onto your Mac. 

Final Verdict  

With time, the temporary files created by Safari may accumulate on your Mac or become corrupted. This may cause the browser to malfunction. For instance, it may cause the browser to become slow and sluggish, or even crash. 

To fix such issues, you need to reset the browser to its default settings. Since Safari no longer has a built-in Reset button, you just have to do it manually. In this regard, you need to clear Safari preferences, extensions, plug-ins, cookies, and cache files separately. 

This may sound painstakingly slow, but this guide includes the commands you can use to reset Safari on Mac Terminal.

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Resetting Safari on your Mac can be a helpful solution when you encounter issues such as slow performance, unexpected crashes, or unresponsive web pages. By resetting Safari, you can clear out accumulated data, remove problematic extensions, and restore the browser to its default settings. This process can effectively resolve various browsing issues and enhance the overall performance of Safari.

Whether you're experiencing frequent crashes, encountering persistent pop-up ads, or noticing unusual behavior while browsing, resetting Safari can often provide a fresh start and resolve these issues. It's important to note that resetting Safari will clear your browsing history, cookies, and other website data, so it's essential to back up any important information before proceeding with the reset.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of resetting Safari on your Mac. By following these instructions, you can effectively troubleshoot common browsing issues and ensure that Safari functions smoothly and efficiently. Let's dive into the details and learn how to reset Safari to optimize your browsing experience.

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences

To initiate the process of resetting Safari on your Mac, the first step is to access the Safari Preferences . This can be done by launching the Safari browser and locating the "Safari" option in the top menu bar. Upon clicking on "Safari," a drop-down menu will appear, and you should select "Preferences" from the list. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Command + ," to directly open the Preferences window.

Upon accessing the Preferences window, you will be presented with a range of customizable settings and options for Safari. This is where you can modify various aspects of the browser, including privacy settings, security preferences, and extensions. The Preferences window is a central hub for managing Safari's behavior and appearance, making it a crucial starting point for the process of resetting the browser.

Once you have opened the Preferences window, you are ready to proceed to the next step in the process of resetting Safari. This initial step sets the stage for the subsequent actions that will ultimately lead to a refreshed and optimized browsing experience. By accessing the Preferences window, you gain access to the underlying settings and configurations that govern Safari's functionality, allowing you to make informed adjustments to enhance the browser's performance.

In the following steps, we will delve deeper into the process of resetting Safari, leveraging the options and tools available within the Preferences window to ensure a comprehensive and effective reset. By navigating through the Preferences window and making the necessary adjustments, you can pave the way for a smoother and more efficient browsing experience with Safari on your Mac.

With the first step completed, you are now prepared to move on to the subsequent stages of the reset process, each of which plays a pivotal role in restoring Safari to its default state. As we progress through the remaining steps, you will gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in resetting Safari and optimizing its performance for seamless browsing.

Next, we will explore the second step in the process, which involves navigating to the Advanced tab within the Safari Preferences window. This step is essential for enabling additional options that are instrumental in the comprehensive reset of Safari on your Mac. Let's continue our journey toward resetting Safari and revitalizing your browsing experience.

Step 2: Choose the Advanced Tab

After accessing the Safari Preferences window, the next crucial step in the process of resetting Safari on your Mac is to navigate to the Advanced tab. This tab houses a range of advanced settings and options that are integral to the comprehensive reset of the browser.

Upon entering the Advanced tab within the Safari Preferences window, you gain access to a plethora of advanced configurations that govern the behavior and functionality of the browser. These settings delve into the intricacies of Safari's operations, allowing for fine-tuned adjustments that can significantly impact the browsing experience.

One of the key features within the Advanced tab is the option to enable the Develop menu. This menu provides access to a variety of developer-oriented tools and functionalities that are typically hidden from the standard Safari interface. By enabling the Develop menu, you unlock a suite of powerful tools that can aid in troubleshooting and optimizing the browser's performance.

Enabling the Develop menu is essential for the subsequent steps in the reset process, as it grants access to critical options that facilitate the comprehensive restoration of Safari to its default state. These options include the ability to clear caches, disable extensions, and reset various aspects of the browser that may be contributing to performance issues.

In addition to enabling the Develop menu, the Advanced tab also offers the option to manage website data. This feature allows you to view and remove specific data stored by websites, including cookies, cached files, and other site-specific information. By managing website data, you can effectively clear out accumulated browsing data that may be impacting Safari's performance.

Furthermore, the Advanced tab provides access to a range of other advanced settings, such as those related to security, privacy, and website permissions. These settings offer granular control over how Safari interacts with websites and handles various types of content, empowering you to tailor the browser's behavior to align with your preferences and security requirements.

By choosing the Advanced tab within the Safari Preferences window, you position yourself to leverage the advanced configurations and options that are pivotal to the comprehensive reset of Safari on your Mac. This step sets the stage for the subsequent actions that will ultimately lead to a refreshed and optimized browsing experience, ensuring that Safari functions smoothly and efficiently.

With the Advanced tab explored and its significance in the reset process elucidated, you are now prepared to proceed to the next step, where you will enable the Develop menu and unlock a suite of powerful tools that will aid in the comprehensive restoration of Safari. Let's continue our journey toward resetting Safari and revitalizing your browsing experience.

Step 3: Enable the Develop Menu

Enabling the Develop menu within Safari is a pivotal step in the process of resetting the browser on your Mac. The Develop menu unlocks a suite of powerful tools and functionalities that are instrumental in troubleshooting, optimizing, and customizing the browsing experience. By enabling this menu, you gain access to a range of developer-oriented features that are typically hidden from the standard Safari interface, empowering you to delve into the inner workings of the browser and make informed adjustments to enhance its performance.

To enable the Develop menu, you will navigate to the Advanced tab within the Safari Preferences window, as outlined in the previous step. Once in the Advanced tab, you will find the option to "Show Develop menu in menu bar." By checking this option, you effectively enable the Develop menu, causing it to appear in the Safari menu bar alongside other standard options.

The Develop menu offers a wealth of tools and functionalities that cater to developers, power users, and individuals seeking to optimize their browsing experience. One of the key features within the Develop menu is the ability to access the Web Inspector, a powerful tool that allows you to inspect, debug, and modify the structure and behavior of web pages. The Web Inspector provides invaluable insights into the underlying code and elements of web pages, enabling you to diagnose issues, optimize performance, and customize the display of content.

In addition to the Web Inspector, the Develop menu grants access to options for disabling caches, disabling extensions, and resetting various aspects of the browser. These options are instrumental in the comprehensive reset of Safari, as they allow you to clear out accumulated data, remove problematic extensions, and restore the browser to its default settings. By leveraging the functionalities within the Develop menu, you can effectively troubleshoot common browsing issues and ensure that Safari functions smoothly and efficiently.

Enabling the Develop menu within Safari empowers you to harness the full potential of the browser, providing access to advanced tools and functionalities that are essential for the comprehensive reset and optimization of Safari on your Mac. By enabling this menu, you position yourself to leverage a suite of powerful features that can aid in troubleshooting, customizing, and enhancing the browsing experience, ultimately leading to a refreshed and optimized Safari browser .

With the Develop menu enabled, you are now prepared to proceed to the next step in the reset process, where you will utilize the functionalities within the Develop menu to initiate the comprehensive reset of Safari on your Mac. Let's continue our journey toward resetting Safari and revitalizing your browsing experience.

Step 4: Reset Safari

Resetting Safari on your Mac involves a series of critical actions that collectively restore the browser to its default state, effectively clearing out accumulated data, removing problematic extensions, and optimizing its performance. This process is instrumental in troubleshooting common browsing issues and ensuring that Safari functions smoothly and efficiently. By following the steps outlined below, you can initiate the comprehensive reset of Safari and revitalize your browsing experience.

Clear Browsing History and Data

The first step in resetting Safari involves clearing the browsing history and data. This action effectively removes the record of websites visited, searches conducted, and other browsing activities. To accomplish this, you will navigate to the "History" menu in the Safari menu bar and select "Clear History." Upon doing so, a window will appear, allowing you to choose the time range for which you wish to clear the history. Selecting "Clear History" will remove the specified browsing history, contributing to the comprehensive reset of Safari.

Remove Website Data and Cookies

In addition to clearing the browsing history, it is essential to remove website data and cookies to further optimize Safari. This action involves accessing the "Privacy" tab within the Safari Preferences window and clicking on "Manage Website Data." Here, you can view and remove specific data stored by websites, including cookies and cached files. By removing this data, you effectively clear out accumulated browsing data that may be impacting Safari's performance, contributing to the comprehensive reset of the browser.

Disable Extensions and Plug-Ins

Another critical step in resetting Safari is to disable extensions and plug-ins that may be contributing to browsing issues. This action involves accessing the "Extensions" tab within the Safari Preferences window and unchecking the boxes next to each installed extension. Additionally, you can navigate to the "Security" tab to manage website plug-ins and disable any that may be causing issues. By disabling extensions and plug-ins, you eliminate potential sources of browsing problems, paving the way for a refreshed and optimized browsing experience.

Reset Safari Settings

The final step in the reset process involves resetting Safari's settings to their default configurations. This action is carried out by navigating to the "General" tab within the Safari Preferences window and clicking on "Reset Safari." A window will appear, allowing you to choose which settings to reset, including clearing the cache, removing cookies, and resetting the top sites. By selecting the desired options and proceeding with the reset, you effectively restore Safari to its default state, resolving common browsing issues and optimizing its performance.

By following these steps to reset Safari on your Mac, you can effectively troubleshoot common browsing issues and ensure that the browser functions smoothly and efficiently. This comprehensive reset clears out accumulated data, removes problematic extensions, and restores Safari to its default settings, ultimately revitalizing your browsing experience and enhancing the overall performance of the browser.

In conclusion, resetting Safari on your Mac is a valuable troubleshooting technique that can effectively address a range of browsing issues and optimize the performance of the browser. By following the step-by-step process outlined in this guide, you can initiate a comprehensive reset that clears out accumulated data, removes problematic extensions, and restores Safari to its default settings, ultimately revitalizing your browsing experience.

Through the process of resetting Safari, you gain the ability to clear browsing history and data, remove website data and cookies, disable extensions and plug-ins, and reset Safari's settings to their default configurations. These actions collectively contribute to the restoration of Safari to a pristine state, free from the clutter and issues that may have been impacting its performance.

Upon completing the reset process, you can expect to experience a smoother and more efficient browsing experience with Safari. The removal of accumulated data and cookies, coupled with the disabling of problematic extensions and the restoration of default settings, can lead to improved stability, faster page loading times, and a more responsive browsing interface.

Furthermore, the ability to access the Develop menu and leverage advanced tools within Safari empowers you to take control of the browser's behavior and optimize its performance according to your preferences. This level of customization and fine-tuning ensures that Safari aligns with your specific browsing needs, providing a tailored and optimized experience.

It's important to note that resetting Safari will clear your browsing history, cookies, and other website data, so it's essential to back up any important information before proceeding with the reset. Additionally, after completing the reset, you may need to reconfigure certain preferences and re-enable desired extensions to tailor Safari to your specific requirements.

By incorporating the insights and techniques presented in this guide, you are equipped to effectively troubleshoot common browsing issues and ensure that Safari functions smoothly and efficiently. The comprehensive reset process enables you to revitalize your browsing experience, setting the stage for seamless and enjoyable interactions with the Safari browser on your Mac.

In essence, resetting Safari serves as a valuable maintenance practice, allowing you to refresh the browser and optimize its performance, ultimately enhancing your overall browsing experience and productivity. Embracing the process of resetting Safari empowers you to take proactive steps in maintaining a smooth and efficient browsing environment, ensuring that Safari remains a reliable and effective tool for accessing the web on your Mac.

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2 Ways to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Mac

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Summary : We will walk you through how to reset your Safari browser to its default settings on your Mac. 

Safari is a built-in browser on Mac. If your Safari browser quits unexpectedly , lags in working, or has problems loading pages, you may need to reset it.

In earlier versions of macOS, Safari had a reset feature. But unfortunately, in recent macOS versions, this feature is gone forever. So, what should you do when you need to reset your Safari browser?

Don't worry. We have collected two ways to reset the Safari browser on Mac for you. Let's get started.

2 Ways to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Mac

How to Clear Cache on Mac

How to Manually Reset Safari on Mac

As we mentioned, the Safari browser no longer has a one-click reset feature. To reset it, you can follow the steps below.

  • Clear Safari Cache
  • Delete Safari History and Cookies
  • Disable/Uninstall Safari Extensions
  • Disable Safari Plugins
  • Remove Plug-ins from Library Folders

Let's take a closer look at the detailed steps.

Step 1. Clear Safari Cache

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Click on the Safari menu and choose Preferences.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and check the box next to the Show Develop menu in the menu bar. (Ignore this step if you have already checked the box.)

Clear Safari Cache on Mac

Related Article: How to Clear Cache in Safari on Mac, iPhone and iPad

Step 2. Delete Safari History and Cookies

  • Click the History menu in Safari and choose Clear All History.
  • You will see a new window, which clears all history and data by default. Click the Clear History button, and all the history and web cookies will be wiped out.

Delete Safari History and Cookies on Mac

Step 3. Disable/Uninstall Safari Extensions

  • Click Safari menu > Preferences > Extensions.
  • To disable an extension, uncheck the box in front of the extension.
  • To uninstall an extension, click the Uninstall button and follow the onscreen instructions to delete it from your Mac in the Finder.

Disable/Uninstall Safari Extensions on Mac

Step 4. Disable Safari Plug-ins

  • Click Safari menu > Preferences.
  • Click the Security tab and uncheck the check box next to Allow Internal Plug-Ins.

Disable Safari Plug-ins on Mac

Step 5. Remove Safari Plug-ins in Library Folder

You can disable plug-ins in Safari, but you cannot delete them. Safari plug-ins are usually stored in the ~/Library and Library folders. To delete them, follow these steps.

  • On your desktop, press Shift+Command+G keys to open the Go to Folder window.
  • Paste the file path ~/Library into the search box and hit Return.
  • Find the folder named Internal Plug-Ins and drag the extensions related to Safari to the Trash.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 to delete the Safari extensions in /Library folder.

Remove Safari Plug-ins in Library Folder on Mac

How to Reset Safari on Mac Using Terminal

If you know Terminal well, you can use it to reset your Safari browser. Here's what you need to do.

  • Quit your Safari browser.
  • If your Safari browser is still in use, use the Force Quit feature in the Finder to quit it. Just click Apple menu > Force Quit.
  • Launch Terminal via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  • Run the commands below and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the reset steps.

Hopefully, you have successfully reset Safari to its default settings on your Mac. If you are still having problems with Safari, you may need to reinstall Safari by updating your macOS.

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How to fully reset Safari on your Mac

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Being the default browser shipped with every Mac, you are very likely using Safari as your main way of accessing the Web.

Therefore, if something goes wrong where Safari either loads and runs slowly, crashes on startup, or is otherwise not functioning correctly, then you might find yourself in a bit of a frustrating situation.

If you need to reset aspects of Safari in order to regain functionality, then even though the options for doing so are somewhat scattered, you can still use them to regain use of your browser.

Remove site history

Safari has its built-in tools for clearing temporary data that may be causing problems.

To do this, go to the Safari menu and choose the option to Clear History and Website Data.

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If the problem you are experiencing only happened in the last hour or the past day, then you can try choosing the option here for encompassing that timeframe, otherwise you can remove all history data in this menu.

Alternatively, if you are finding problems happening only with one Web site you visit, then you can remove this data on a per-site basis:

  • Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  • Click the Details button that appears under the “Remove All Website Data” button.
  • Search for your site, and then remove only it from the list.

Clear Safari’s Web caches

Apple has somewhat hidden the options for clearing Safari’s caches (temporary local storage for a number of different settings and configurations), but they are still available to clear.

First, go into Safari in the Apple menu bar and then select Settings.

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Once you’re in Settings, go to the Privacy option. Here, you’ll find a button for Manage Website Data – press it, then choose to clear however far back you wish to go.

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Disable Extensions

Extensions give additional functions to Safari, but may also cause some problems if they contain bugs.

Therefore, try going to the Extensions section of Safari’s preferences and sliding the setting to “Off.”

Alternatively, you can try disabling Extensions on an individual basis (each should have a checkbox for enabling/disabling), but first turning them off globally and then testing Safari will help indicate whether these are contributing to the problem.

Also be sure you use the Updates button in these preferences to check for and install any new versions of your extensions.

Remove the Safari Preferences File

First, go into Finder, then select ‘Go’ and ‘Go to Folder’ from the Apple menu.

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Type ~/Library/Preferences/ and press Enter. Find the file named com.apple.Safari.plist and move it to the Trash. This will reset your Safari preferences to default.

Finally, restart your device

The last thing that you need to do to fully reset Safari is to shutdown your Macbook, and then restart it.

Once you do this, you should find that your Safari browser – along with history and preferences – has been reset.

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How to reset Safari settings on Mac

In this article, we will tell you how to clear caches, history, extensions, and plugins for resetting the Safari browser on a Mac.

  • How to clear browser cache
  • How to clear Safari history on a Mac
  • How to remove Safari extensions

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Safari is the most popular web browser for Macs. Over time, however, the app may start running slower. Usually, that happens because of too many temporary and junk files that the browser has created. This problem can be resolved by resetting the browser, which makes it run faster.To reset Safari on a Mac, you will need to take a few steps to remove all its temporary components and installed plugins. So, keep in mind that the auto-fill data of your Safari browser, such as saved usernames or passwords, will also be deleted.

Please note that if you enabled Safari in iCloud settings with the same Apple ID, any changes will be reflected on other Apple devices using that login. When you delete browsing history from one Apple device, it will be automatically deleted from your other Apple devices.

How to Clear Safari Browser Cache

Every time you open a web page, Safari saves its media files as caches and stores them in a temporary folder in the Library folder. This helps Safari to retrieve websites from the cache faster than it receives from the Internet. On the other hand, over time these files occupy significant disk space. That’s why we recommend periodically clearing cache in Safari. Web cache clearing can save gigabytes of space on your Mac.

 Clear Safari cache via its Preferences

  • Launch the Safari browser.

Open Safari Preferences commang from Menu Bar

  • You will get access to the Develop menu command.
  • Use the Develop → Empty Caches menu command to clear the cache.

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That’s all. In a few seconds, the Safari clean-up process will be completed. Once you enable the developer menu, you can easily access this option whenever you need.

The easiest way to clear Safari cache

IThe easiest way to clear browser caches is to use a special utility tool. You can use MacCleaner Pro to clear the cache and reset Safari.

  • Launch MacCleaner Pro.
  • Select the browser’s cache.
  • Click to remove cache files.

MacCleaner Pro enabled to clear Safari cache files

MacCleaner Pro also allows you to remove other junk files, such as logs, downloads, files in the Trash folder,language resources and more. MacCleaner Pro provides a trial version so that you can try it absolutely free.

Clear Safari History

All web browsers, including Safari, keep a history of the pages you have visited. If you want to maintain privacy and clear the list of websites you’ve recently viewed, follow this guide to clear Safari history.

How to delete Safari history

  • Launch the Safari browser

Clear Safari History menu command

  • Choose the time increment to clear

Choosing All History option in Safari clearing history window

That’s all! Safari history has been cleared from your Mac.

How to remove Safari browser history automatically

If you want the history to be deleted automatically, follow the next steps.

  • Open Safari Preferences
  • Switch to the General Safari settings tab
  • Set up Remove history items
  • Choose the frequency for automatic history removal.

After this, Safari will delete your browser history automatically.

General panel in Safari settings window

Remove Safari Extensions

Extensions and plugins are small software components that also affect your web browser’s performance. If you want to entirely reset Safari, delete these as well.

How to remove Safari Extensions

  • Open Safari Preferences .
  • Select the Safari Extensions section.
  • Choose the extension you want to remove and click Uninstall .
  • Repeat the Uninstall step with all unneeded extensions.

Safari Extensions preferences window

How to Reset Safari to Default Settings on Mac and iPhone

Scratching your head to reset Safari to default settings? Don't know where to begin? Well don't worry, we have got your back!

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Safari is an exceptional browser and there are no two ways about it. With Apple leading the charge against ad trackers on the internet with its anti-tracking policy, Safari has been a safe haven for users who want to protect their privacy.

That being said, while Safari might win the race when it comes to protecting its users but more often than not is not able to match up to its competitors in the game of extensible features.

However, many of us are extensively using safari on a daily basis. Some want to hold on to that last ounce of privacy on the net, and others do not want to install a 3rd party browser on their Macs or iPhones.

Whatever may be your case for using Safari. One thing is for sure, with years of use, Safari accumulates tons and tons of website data which might slow down your browser or in worst cases, your devices as well.

Reset Safari to Default Settings on Mac

To everybody’s shock, there’s no ‘Reset Safari’ button on any of the apple devices. As a result, we are bound to perform a list of steps not every user might be comfortable with. Anyways, resetting Safari consists of resetting 3 components :

  • Website Data

We are going to reset the components on a first-come-first-serve basis. So let’s get started.

Reset History

First, Launch Safari from the Launchpad or from dock of your Mac.

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Next, click on the ‘History’ tab from the menu bar. Next, click on the ‘Clear History…’ option from the list.

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After that, choose ‘all history’ option from the drop-down. Then, click on ‘Clear History’ button.

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Reset Website Data

First, Launch Safari from the Launchpad or from the dock of you Mac.

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Next, click on the ‘Safari’ tab present on the menu bar. Now, click on the ‘Preferences’ option from the list.

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After that, go to the ‘Privacy’ pane and click on ‘Manage Website Data’ button.

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Now, click on ‘Remove All’ button from the bottom left corner of the pane.

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Next, click on ‘Remove Now’ button to confirm.

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Reset Cache

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Next, click on the ‘Safari’ tab from the menu bar. Then, click on the ‘Preferences’ option from the list.

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After that, go to the ‘Advanced’ pane. Now, check the ‘Show Develop menu in the menu bar’ option.

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As a result, the ‘Develop’ tab would now be visible in the menu bar. Click on it, and then choose the ‘Empty Caches’ option from the list.

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Reset Safari to Default Settings on iPhone

Resetting safari is pretty straight forward on iPhone and requires just couple of steps.

Launch the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone from the home screen.

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Next, scroll down and locate ‘Safari’ from the list and tap on it.

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After that, scroll down till you find the ‘Clear History and Website Data’ option on the screen and then tap on it, once located.

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Now, tap ‘Clear History and Data’ from the pop-up alert menu to confirm.

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  • Method 1: How to reset Safari on Mac without opening it [Fast & Safe]

Method 2: How to manually restore Safari to default settings

This post will show you how to reset Safari to default on Mac. The process can sometimes fix some errors (you may fail to launch the app, for example) when trying to use the Safari browser on your Mac. Please continue to read on this guide to learn how to reset Safari on Mac without opening it.

When Safari keeps crashing, won't open or doesn't work on your Mac, how do you fix Safari on Mac? You may reset Safari to default to fix the problems. However, as Apple has removed Reset Safari button from the browser since OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, one click to reset Safari is no longer available on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite and latest systems. To reset Safari browser on Mac, there are two methods you can use.

Method 1: How to reset Safari on Mac without opening it [Fast & Safe]

Generally, you have to open Safari browser to reset it back to default settings. However, when Safari keeps crashing or won't open, you may need to figure out a way to reset Safari on Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra without opening the browser.

Instead of resetting Safari on the browser, you can reset Safari to factory settings with Macube Cleaner , a Mac cleaner to clear unwanted files on Mac, including Safari browsing data (caches, cookies, browsing history, autofill, preferences, etc.). Now, you can follow these steps to reset Safari on macOS Sierra:

Step 1: Download Macube Cleaner on your Mac. After installation, open the top Mac cleaner.

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Step 2: Choose System Junk and click Scan. When the scanning is done, choose App Cache > find Safari caches > click Clean to clear cache on Safari.

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Step 3: Choose Privacy > Scan. From the scanning result, tick and choose Safari . Click Clean button to clean and remove all browser history all (browsing history, download history, download files, cookies and HTML5 Local Storage).

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You have restored Safari to its default settings. Now you can open the browser and see if it is working right now. Also, you can use Macube Cleaner to clean up your Mac and free up space: remove duplicate files/image, clear system caches/logs, uninstall apps completely and more.

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  • You can also reset Safari on iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro by using Terminal command. But you should not use Terminal unless you know what you are doing. Otherwise, you may mess up the macOS.

Although the Reset Safari button is gone, you can still reset Safari on Mac in the following steps.

A Manually reset Safari step-by-step [Security & Complexity]

Step 1: Clear history

Open Safari. Click History > Clear history > all history > Clear History.

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Step 2: Clear cache on Safari browser

On Safari browser, navigate to the top left corner and click Safari > Preference > Advanced.

Tick Show Develop menu in menu bar. Click Develop > Empty Caches.

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Step 3: Remove stored cookies and other website data

Click Safari > Preference > Privacy > Remove All Website Data.

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Step 4: Delete Extension & plug-ins

A Safari plug-in or extension is a small software program that enhances the functionality of the Safari web browser. It allows users to customize their browsing experience by adding new features or modifying existing ones. Let’s take a look at how to delete it.

1. Choose Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2. In the pop-up window, you will see a list of installed extensions. To completely reset Safari, select each extension and click Uninstall.

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Then, you need to manually delete Safari plug-ins from the Library folder. Don't worry, the following method is not a complete removal of the plugin, and you can still easily restore it when you still want to download it.

  • If you can't see it, try holding down the Option key as you click; or in the Go menu, select Go to Folder and enter ~/Library

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2. Click the Internet Plug-ins folder and drag the plug-ins you want to delete to the Trash.

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3. Open Finder > Go > Computer again.

4. Click the name of your Mac and select the Library folder or click the Go > Go to Folder, and then type /Library.

5. Click the Internet Plug-ins folder and drag the plug-ins you want to delete to the Trash.

Step 5: Delete Preferences on Safari

Click Go tab and hold down Option, click Library. Find the Preference folder and delete files named with com.apple.Safari.

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Step 6: Clear Safari window state

In the Library, locate Saved Application State folder and delete files in com.apple.Safari.savedState folder.

  • Safari on your iMac, MacBook should start working after the reset. If not, you may reinstall Safari by updating macOS to the latest version.

B Reset Safari on Mac using Terminal [Fast & Risky]

If you use Terminal frequently and are a professional computer user, you can run several Terminal commands to reset Safari. Please be careful, as incorrect terminal commands may cause the system to crash.

Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal > Paste the following commands. Execute the following commands sequentially in the Terminal, typing each line separately. Once you run a command, the Terminal will request confirmation to delete the specified files. Press “y” to confirm and then press Enter. mv ~/Library/Safari ~/Desktop/Safari-`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S` rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess rm -Rf ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebFoundation.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginHost.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess.plist rm -Rf ~/Library/PubSub/Database rm -Rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Safari.savedState

Using the terminal to reset Safari is fast, but it may cause risks. Therefore, this article recommends using the zero-risk and efficient Macube Cleaner to reset Safari to meet your needs.

Part 3:FAQs

Q1: can i restore my bookmarks after resetting safari.

Certainly! You can recover your bookmarks after resetting Safari on your Mac by following these steps:

  • Open Safari on your Mac.
  • Click on the “File” menu located in the top-left corner of the screen.
  • Select “Import From” and then choose “Bookmarks HTML File”.
  • Navigate to the location where you previously saved your bookmarks before resetting Safari.
  • Select the HTML file containing your bookmarks.
  • Click on the “Import” button, and your bookmarks should be restored.

Alternatively, if you have enabled iCloud syncing for your Safari bookmarks, you can also restore them by enabling the “Safari” option in iCloud settings on your Mac. This will sync your bookmarks from iCloud to your Safari browser.

Q2: How do I fix Safari problems on iPhone and iPad?

  • Refresh the page.
  • Install software updates and restart your device.
  • Review Safari extensions.
  • Try opening a private browsing window.
  • Verify Safari settings.
  • Verify iCloud Private Relay settings.
  • Confirm if any VPN or security software is affecting the connection.
  • Verify network settings.

I hope you have learned something about resetting Safari in this note. In order to prevent you from encountering problems that affect the use of Safari again, please remember to clean your computer regularly. Macube Cleaner can help you quickly clean software and Mac storage space. If you have more questions about Safari, you are welcome to browse other articles on our website. I believe we can answer your confusion.

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Last updated: January 26, 2024

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If you are an avid Apple user or not, it is a known fact that the built-in browser is used in Safari. There will be instances that you may encounter crashing problems when pages are loading slowly (this happens even if there is just one tab open). If it happens on a consistent basis even with a stable internet connection then you might want to reset Safari on Mac .

How do you reset Safari on a Mac? You are in a bit of a frustrating situation already but there are easy ways to reset Safari on Mac so you can continue using it just like before, there's no need to worry about not being able to get back the set-up you already had.

Contents: Part 1. How Do I Reset Safari on My Mac? Part 2. How to Reset Safari on Mac without Opening It? Part 3. Conclusion

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Part 1. How Do I Reset Safari on My Mac?

The one-click reset option for Safari has been removed for reasons such as it deletes your saved log-in credentials and browsing history which for some users are a bit of a hassle since it would prompt them to revisit previous websites that have been bookmarked and log back into websites they have saved their passwords for.

Although if you used the iCloud keychain you can easily retrieve your log-in credentials. Then if you have auto-fill data that have been stored you can also have it recovered using iCloud contacts. How do I get my Safari back to normal?

How to reset Safari on Mac when the Reset Safari button has now disappeared? There are several steps below for you to get the same result.

  • Clear Safari History and Web Data.
  • Clear Safari Cache.
  • Clean up Library Folder.
  • Disabling Extensions and Plug-ins.
  • Un-install and Re-install Safari on Your Mac

Reset Safari on Mac

1. Clear Safari History and Web Data

When you go and browse Safari it will store temporary data, this is due to the fact that it has built-in tools that do exactly that. This consumes virtual memory and may cause your browser to slow down.

You can opt to completely remove all that is your browsing history or choose to pick a particular time frame to erase. If the problem arises only on some websites you visit you can also choose to delete data per site.

Here's how to reset Safari on Mac via clearing Safari history :

  • Under preferences, you will see the Privacy section then click on this to bring you to the next page.
  • You would now see the " Remove All Website Data " option. Click the Details button.
  • This will now show you a list of websites that you have browsed. Look for the one that is causing the problem then select to have it removed.

Remove Safari History and Reset It

2. Clear Safari Cache

Just like with any other browser if you are experiencing latency one of the first things to do is clear cache. How do I get my Safari back to normal? With Safari the same can be done through the following steps to reset Safari on Mac:

  • Again under Preferences look for the Advanced section.
  • On the next page tick the box that says "Show Develop menu in menu bar".
  • This will now allow you to see that the " Develop " menu has been added and you just now need to select " Empty Caches ". (Tip: Alt+Command+E would be the easy way to go about it)

Delete Safari Cache to Help Reset Safari

3. Clean up Library Folder

With the updates that have been made to the Mac OS it now also has the ability to store data in the library folder temporarily. You just need to go to the " Library " folder then " Caches ". Here you can delete files that are no longer useful and remove unwanted caches to reset Safari on Mac.

So if you don't know what exactly it is you are looking for and not sure if you would be able to determine the files that are needed to be erased then you would need to think twice before going this route.

Clear Caches and Reset Safari on Mac

4. Disabling Extensions and Plug-ins

These may add some features to your browsing capabilities using Safari but it might also cause glitches so removing these might help alleviate the problem and allow your browser to function as it used to.

Just follow these steps to disable Extensions and Plug-ins so as to reset Safari on Mac:

  • Once you are on Safari go to Preferences then look for the Extensions option.
  • Tick each box next to every extension that shows on the page to disable them.
  • Close Safari then runs it again if it still doesn't work might as well completely remove the extensions added to your browser. To do so just tick the boxes one by one then click on Uninstall . Relaunch the browser and see if there is any improvement.

Disable Extensions and Plugins

5. Un-install and Re-install Safari on Your Mac

This may be a drastic move for some but there is no harm in trying if you do reset Safari on Mac and it does't work. Just like some apps out there that have certain bugs that are fixed with removing and installing the app back you can also do this with Safari on your Mac.

There is a "But" to this though. Uninstalling would only work for earlier OS versions but if you are running a newer one i.e. OS X El Capitan (10.11) or macOS Sierra the only thing that can be done is a reset to default settings.

When you do have an older version and you would want to uninstall it keep in mind that it is not as easy as dragging it to the trash bin. Along with it comes other files that you would also need to completely remove. Although it will be a little bit complicated since you would need to be extra careful about which files you are deleting.

So how do I uninstall and reinstall Safari on Mac? We recommend you uninstall Safari on your Mac with PowerMyMac 's App Uninstaller feature in a few clicks.

Part 2. How to Reset Safari on Mac without Opening It?

None of the basic stuff mentioned above worked for you? Before concluding that it is something else other than your browser acting up might as well give the iMyMac PowerMyMac 's Browser cleanup tool " Privacy " a shot. This is going to be worth your time as it has been tagged as one of the best in terms of fixing issues with Safari among other things.

It just doesn't clean everything at one go like cookies and browsing history, it allows you to be able to keep some of them by giving you the freedom to choose especially if you have websites that you frequently visit.

It is convenient with PowerMyMac's fast scanning and easy to use features that even a novice at technical stuff can maneuver through the software without worrying about doing something wrong in the process.

Read on to know more about the steps on how to reset Safari on Mac, that is clean up Safari use the Safari cleaner (PowerMyMac):

  • Download and install the PowerMyMac.
  • Go to the Privacy option.
  • Review and Select scanned Safari data.
  • Remove Safari data.

Clear Safari Data with Privacy Module

Step 1. Download and Install the PowerMyMac

In order to reset Safari on Mac, you can download PowerMyMac firstly. Downloading is easy (you can use the trial version, free Download ). Once you have completed the installation process, launch the program.

Step 2. Go to the Privacy Option

PowerMyMac has different features but to focus on the issue with your Safari go to the " Privacy " option on the main dashboard, then click on " SCAN " to begin checking the browser data.

Step 3. Review and Select Safari Data

Once the scan has completed you will be shown a detailed list of all scanned data from Safari (if you have other browsers that you use on your Mac these will be scanned too and info will also be displayed). Select the data you want to delete so as to reset Safari on Mac.

Reset Safari on Mac by Removing Safari Data

Step 4. Remove Safari Data

Make sure of your choice on which information is saved on your browser to erase and click on the " CLEAN " button at the bottom part of the page. Wait for the cleaner to complete erasing the data then you can try to re-launch safari to see whether you have finished the process to reset Safari on Mac or not.

Delete Safari Data

Part 3. Conclusion

Browsers help make finding information easier for us. But no browser is safe from issues. But there is no need to panic or worry too much. The above-mentioned basic steps to take in trying to fix or reset Safari on Mac proved to be useful to users who have gone through the same ordeal.

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To factory reset your browser on Mac, you must follow specific steps for each browser. Resetting Safari involves clearing history, cache, and cookies, removing extensions, deleting bookmarks, and removing plug-ins. Advanced users can also use Terminal commands to reset Safari.

To reset Chrome, click the three dots > Settings > Reset settings > Restore settings to their original defaults > Reset Settings . To reset Firefox, click the three horizontal lines > Help > More troubleshooting information > Refresh Firefox twice.

  • Resetting browsers boosts performance, fixes errors, removes malware, declutters data, and restores default settings.
  • The process clears cache, cookies, history, disables extensions, reverts settings, and may delete bookmarks and passwords.
  • It’s crucial to back up essential data before proceeding, as a reset will erase personalized settings and saved information.

Ever felt your browser acting like it’s dragging a ton of bricks? Clogged with data, or just misbehaving? Just as you occasionally need a fresh start, so does your browser.

Whether you’re a Safari surfer, a Chrome cruiser, or a Firefox flyer, this concise guide is your quick fix to factory reset your browser on Mac. Let’s get started and get your Mac browsers to perform better.

Why Factory Reset Your Browser on Mac?

Browsers are prone to accumulating clutter over time. And just as our physical spaces benefit from periodic decluttering, our digital spaces need occasional refreshing, too.

Here’s why you might consider a factory reset for your browser on Mac:

  • 🚀 Enhanced Performance : Over time, excessive cache, cookies, and browsing history can slow down your browser. A reset can make your browsing experience smoother and faster.
  • 🔧 Fix Glitches : Encountered unexpected crashes, rendering issues, or unresponsive pages? Resetting can resolve such unexplained errors.
  • 🛡️ Security : Malware and unwanted extensions can compromise your browser. Starting fresh eliminates potential threats.
  • 🕵️ Simplified Troubleshooting : Not sure if an extension is causing an issue? Resetting provides a clean slate, making it easier to pinpoint problems.
  • 📚 Data Overload : Overloaded bookmarks, saved passwords, and filled auto-forms can be overwhelming. Begin anew for a more organized digital experience.
  • 🌱 Fresh Experience : If you’ve tinkered too much with settings and are missing the default browsing experience, a reset can take you back to the browser’s original state.

Remember, while a factory reset offers numerous advantages, backing up vital data is essential, as the process will erase your personalized settings and saved information.

What Happens When You Reset Your Browser on Mac?

Resetting your browser is like giving it a digital detox. But what exactly happens under the hood when you hit that reset button? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty:

  • 🌪️ Cache Clearing : All the cached images, files, and site data that browsers store for faster loading get wiped out. This means websites might take slightly longer to load the first time post-reset.
  • 🍪 Cookie Cleanup : All cookies are deleted. You’ll need to re-login to sites where you were previously auto-logged in.
  • 📜 History Erasure : Your browsing history, including the websites you visited and search queries, is removed.
  • 🔌 Extension Exits : Extensions, plugins, and add-ons get disabled or removed, depending on the browser. You might need to reinstall or re-enable them.
  • ⚙️ Reset Settings : Any custom settings (homepage, tab behavior, download location, etc.) revert to their default state.
  • 🔐 Bookmarks & Saved Passwords : Depending on the browser and reset options chosen, these might be retained or deleted. It’s always wise to back up this data.
  • ⬇️ Download List Deletion : The list of downloaded files within the browser gets cleared. (The actual downloaded files on your Mac remain unaffected.)
  • 👾 Personalized Themes & Appearance : If you’ve customized the look of your browser, it will return to the default appearance.

How to Factory Reset Your Browser on Mac

In this section, I’ll walk you through the steps to factory reset different browsers on your Mac. The specifics vary slightly between browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. So, I’ve shared the steps for these three popular browsers. Let’s dive in!

a. Factory Reset Safari on Mac

Previously, factory resetting Safari on Mac was a one-click affair. However, the Reset Safari button is no longer available to Mac users. Due to this, it now takes several steps to factory reset Safari on Mac.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Clear Safari History

Here’s how to delete Safari history on your Mac :

  • Launch Safari by clicking its icon in the Dock.

open safari on your mac

  • Once Safari is open, click History in the menu bar, and select Clear History… . It’s at the bottom of the menu, and you may have to scroll down.

click history in the menu bar and select clear history

  • A dialog box will appear, asking you to specify the time range for which you want to delete history. You can select last hour, today, today, and yesterday, or all history.

choose a time range to clear safari history

  • Select all history from the menu and click the Clear History button. This will also clear your browser cache and cookies for the specified time range.

click the clear history button

  • For the changes to take effect, close all Safari windows and relaunch the application.

Step 2: Clear Safari Cache and Cookies

Here’s how to clear cookies on Mac in Safari:

  • Click Safari in the menu bar and select Settings .

click safari and select settings

  • Select the Privacy tab and click the Manage Website Data button.

select the privacy tab and tap the manage website data button

  • Click Remove All to clear all website cookies completely.

click remove all

  • You’ll be prompted to confirm if you choose to remove all cookies. Click Remove Now to proceed.
  • Alternatively, you can select individual websites and tap Remove .

select a website and click remove

  • Click Done when you have deleted all cache files.

To clear Safari cache on your Mac , follow these steps:

  • Go to Safari in the menu bar and select Settings .
  • Select the Advanced tab and check the box next to the Show Develop menu in menu bar if it is unchecked.

check the box next to the show develop menu in menu bar

  • Once the Develop menu is enabled, you’ll find it in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Click Develop in the menu bar and select Empty Caches from the dropdown menu.

click develop in the menu bar and select empty caches

This will clear all your Safari cache on Mac.

Step 3: Remove Safari Extensions

Here’s how to remove browser extensions on Mac from Safari:

  • Open Safari on your Mac.

click safari in the top menu bar and select settings

  • Click the Extensions tab to view all the installed extensions.

click on the extensions tab to view all the installed extensions

  • Find the extension you want to remove and click it.

find the extension you want to remove and click on it

  • Click the Uninstall button to confirm that you want to remove the extension.

click the uninstall button to confirm that you want to remove

Step 4: Delete Safari Bookmarks

There are two methods to delete bookmarks on Mac in Safari:

  • Launch Safari from your Dock.
  • Click Bookmarks in the menu bar and select Edit Bookmarks .

click bookmarks and select edit bookmarks

  • A new window will appear, showing all your bookmarks. Right-click a bookmark you want to remove and select Delete .

right click a bookmark and select delete

To remove several bookmarks at once on your Mac, hold down the Command ⌘ key while clicking the bookmarks you wish to delete, and press the Delete key.

  • Click the sidebar icon in the Safari toolbar (next to the green expand icon).

click the sidebar icon in the safari toolbar

  • A sidebar will appear on the left of your Safari window. At the bottom of the sidebar, select Bookmarks .

click bookmarks at the bottom of the sidebar

  • Right-click the bookmarks you aim to remove and click Delete .

right click the bookmarks you aim to remove and click delete

Step 5: Delete Safari Plug-ins

Follow these steps to delete Safari plug-ins on Mac:

  • Ensure Safari is completely closed.
  • Click the Finder icon in your Dock.

click finder in your dock

  • In the Finder menu, click Go and select Go to Folder .

open finder click go menu and select go to folder

  • Type the following path:

Enter LibraryInternet Plug Ins

  • In this folder, you’ll find various plug-ins. Drag the ones you wish to remove to the Bin.

click the java apple plug in

It’s important to be cautious and only delete the ones you recognize and are sure about to avoid affecting Safari’s functionality.

  • As a final step, right-click the Bin icon and select Empty Bin to remove those plug-ins permanently.

right click the bin and select empty bin

For Advanced Users: Reset Safari Using Terminal

If you’re comfortable with Terminal, you can employ various commands to factory reset Safari on your Mac. Follow these instructions carefully to reset Safari using Terminal :

  • Ensure that Safari is not running.
  • Navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities and launch Terminal . You can also search for it in Spotlight search.

type terminal in spotlight search

  • Enter each of the commands below individually. After pasting each command, press Enter and follow any on-screen prompts:

🚨 Caution: The rm -Rf command can be dangerous and permanently deletes files. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable with Terminal, manually navigate to the Library and move the files mentioned in the paths above to the Bin. This manual method is considered safer.

b. Factory Reset Chrome on Mac

Over time, Chrome can slow down with all the added extensions and stored data. If you’re facing issues or just want a fresh browser experience, a factory reset is a good idea.

Below, I’ll walk you through the steps to reset Chrome on your Mac:

  • In Chrome, click the three vertical dots and go to Settings .

click three dots and select settings

  • In the next window, click Reset settings in the left sidebar and select Restore settings to their original defaults .

click reset settings and tap restore settings to their original defaults

  • A pop-up window will appear. Click Reset settings, and it will restore your Chrome settings to default.

click reset settings

c. Factory Reset Firefox on Mac

Just like any browser, Firefox can accumulate clutter over time. If you’re noticing lags or unwanted extensions or simply want to start from scratch, resetting is the way to go. In this section, I’ll guide you through the process of resetting Firefox to its original state on your Mac:

  • In Firefox, click the three horizontal lines and go to Help .

click the three horizontal lines and select help

  • Select More troubleshooting information .

click more troubleshooting information

  • On the right, you’ll see Refresh Firefox . Click it.

click refresh firefox

  • When you click Refresh Firefox, a pop-up will appear at the top of the page. Click Refresh Firefox again.

click refresh firefox on the pop up

Start With a Clean Slate on Your Mac Browser

Resetting your browser can achieve a smoother, faster, and more secure online experience. Whether using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on your Mac, knowing how to return to a fresh state ensures you’re always in control of your digital environment.

Here are some more tips to enhance your browsing experience on Mac:

  • Pop-ups and ads are a nuisance. Learn how to block ads on Mac .
  • Some websites may be malicious and slow down your browser. You can block websites on Safari on Mac , along with other browsers.
  • If your Safari bookmarks disappeared on Mac , you can restore them from Bookmarks Library, backup, or iCloud.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will i lose all my bookmarks and saved passwords when i reset my browser.

When you reset your browser, you will lose bookmarks and saved passwords if you don’t create a backup before resetting. Many browsers offer options to retain this data during a reset. Always back up important information before proceeding to ensure no essential data is lost.

How often should I reset my browser?

You should only reset your browser when encountering persistent issues or noticeable slowdowns. For optimal performance, consider doing it once a year or when problems arise, ensuring you always back up essential data first.

Is clearing cache and cookies different from a full browser reset?

Yes, clearing cache and cookies is different from a full browser reset. Clearing cache and cookies only removes temporary data, improving loading times. On the other hand, a full browser reset reverts settings, disables extensions, and provides a more thorough refresh, giving the browser a clean slate to operate from.

Can I undo a browser reset on Mac?

No, you cannot undo a browser reset on Mac. Once you’ve reset your browser, the action is typically irreversible. Before resetting, always back up essential data like bookmarks and passwords to avoid potential loss.

Will resetting my browser log me out of all my accounts?

Yes, resetting your browser typically clears sessions and cookies, which means you’ll likely be logged out of most, if not all, of your online accounts. You’ll need to re-enter your credentials the next time you visit those sites.

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Unlike Google Chrome , the Apple Safari browser on Mac does not provide the option to Reset Settings. However, it is still possible to Reset Safari browser on Mac to default Settings using steps as provided below.

Reset Safari Settings on Mac

Reset Safari Settings on Mac

Sometimes, you may find the default Safari browser on your MacBook running slow, getting stuck, quitting unexpectedly or repeatedly crashing.

These problems in Safari browser can be caused due to a variety of reasons, ranging from browser extensions becoming incompatible to the browser cache getting filled up with expired/corrupted data to other reasons.

Hence, the quickest way to fix browser related issues on a computer is to Reset browser to its default or original settings.

Since, the Safari browser on Mac does not have a Reset button, the only way to Reset Safari is to manually Clear History and website data, remove browser extensions and clear Safari Cache.

1. Clear Safari History and Website Data

1. Open Safari Browser > click on Safari tab in the top-menu bar and select Clear History… option in the drop-down menu.

Clear History Option in Safari Browser on Mac

2. On the pop-up, click on the Arrow button and select All history option.

Select Browsing History to Clear Option in Safari Browser on Mac

3. Once All History option is selected, click on Clear History button.

Clear All Safari Browsing History Option on Mac

This will permanently delete your entire browsing history from MacBook and totally prevent the possibility of anyone taking a look at your browsing habits.

2. Clear Safari Cache

Follow the steps below to first enable the “Develop” menu on Mac and use Develop Menu to clear Safari Browser Cache on Mac.

1. Open Safari browser > click on the Safari tab in the top menu-bar and select Preferences… in the drop-down menu.

Open Safari Preferences on Mac

2. On the next screen, switch to Advanced tab and select Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar option.

Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar on Mac

This will enable the Develop option in the top menu-bar on your MacBook.

3. Next, click on the Develop tab in top menu-bar and select Empty Caches option in the drop-down menu.

Empty Caches Option in Safari Browser on Mac

This will clear Safari Browser Cache on your Mac.

3. Remove Safari Extensions

1. Open Safari Browser > select Safari tab in the top-menu bar and click on Preferences… in the drop-down menu.

2. On next screen, switch to Extensions tab > select the Safari Extension that you want to remove and click on the Uninstall button.

Uninstall Safari Extension on Mac

3. On the confirmation pop-up, click on the Uninstall button to confirm.

Confirm to Uninstall Safari Extension on Mac

Similarly, you can repeat the above steps to remove other Safari Browser Extensions installed on your Mac.

After completing these steps, you should find the Safari browser on your MacBook running faster and opening webpages without slowing down, getting stuck or crashing.

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How to Reset Safari Browser in Mac?

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge offers simple way to reset your browser from the settings page. In addition, you can also repair Edge app in Windows to fix problems. However, Apple does not offer any default options to repair or reset Safari browser in Mac. If you are stuck with slow Safari browser or the browser behaving weirdly, here is how you can reset using different options.

Why Resetting Safari Browser in Mac?

Below are some of the situations you can think of resetting the browser:

  • Safari is very slow and affects your Mac’s speed as well.
  • Browser automatically opens pages or redirect to different pages.
  • You want to delete all stored data in Safari to bring to its original settings.

Reset Safari Browser in Mac

Earlier days, Apple was offering a simple “Reset Safari” menu within the browser.

Reset Safari Menu in Version 8

Selecting the menu will show a list of items that you can delete and reset your browser.

Resetting Items in Safari 8

However, this has been removed in the subsequent Safari versions and now there is no direct option available for resetting the browser to factory default settings. You have to carry out different steps to clean up the browser and set it back to original factory settings. Unlike Chrome and Edge, these options will not change your browser settings in Safari. You have to go to Safari preferences and reset the settings manually.

1. Clear History

The first option is to clear the browsing history of Safari browser. Over period, you might have browsed thousands of websites and Safari will retain the history data for all those websites. Deleting them will help to fix corrupted cache and allow you to access the sites afresh.

  • Open Safari browser and click on “Safari > Clear History…” menu.

Clear History from Safari Menu

  • Alternatively, you can go to “History > Clear History…” menu.

Clear History from History Menu

  • This will open a pop-up like below. Select “all history” from the dropdown and click on “Clear History” button.

Delete Browsing Data in Mac Safari

It will delete all browsing history data from Safari browser and reset the history. Remember, this will also delete the browsing history on all devices like iPhone and iPad that you have logged with same iCloud account .

2. Empty Safari Browser’s Cache

The second option to reset Safari browser in Mac is to delete the cache stored in the browser. However, this option available under the hidden “Develop” menu that you first need to enable.

  • Click on the “Safari” menu and go to “Preferences…” option. Alternatively, you can press “Command + ,” shortcut keys to open the preferences section.
  • Go to “Advanced” tab and enable “Show Develop menu in menu bar” option.

Show Develop Menu in Safari

  • After that close the preferences pop-up and you will see a new “Develop” menu added in your browser.
  • Click on the “ Develop ” menu and then select “Empty Caches” option.

Empty Safari Cache in Mac

This will delete all stored cached data and you can check if your problem in the browser is resolved.

3. Delete Cookies

Safari browser stores all the cookie details of websites you visit. Sometimes, corrupted cookies can create problems and prevent accessing websites or redirect sites. You can delete all stored cookie data to clean up the browser and check if that helps to resolve your problem.

  • When you are in Safari preferences, go to “Privacy” tab.
  • Click on the “Manage Website Data…” button showing against “Cookies and website data” section.

Manage Cookies in Safari Mac

  • You will see cookies stored in the browser by all previously visited websites. Click “Remove All” to completely delete all cookies or select any particular website and then click “Remove” button. You can also use the search box to find the relevant site and delete its cookie.

Delete Cookie in Safari Mac

  • After deleting, click on the “Done” button to close the window.

Note: Make sure to save all your work and logout of the sites before you delete cookies. Otherwise, you will be logged out forcibly and lose any unsaved data.

4. Delete Extensions

You can get third-party extensions for Safari from Mac App Store. If you have installed any Safari extensions, disable or delete them when troubleshooting your browser.

  • Go to “Safari > Preferences…” menu and navigate to “Extensions” tab.
  • Here, you can view all installed extensions in your browser.
  • Select the extension and click on “Uninstall” button to delete.
  • You can uninstall all the extensions and restart you browser to check the browser works fine now.

Manage Extensions in Safari Mac

5. Delete AutoFill Data in Safari

The last option is to delete all your stored AutoFill data which includes passwords, cards and contact details. Go to “AutoFill” section in the Safari preferences and click on the “Edit” button against the corresponding options. This will open the related section where you can find and delete the details.

Delete AutoFill Data

Final Words

Apple applications always have different way of working compared to other applications. Though this helps to differentiate from others, it will be painful when troubleshooting applications like Safari browser in Mac. We hope one of the above explained options helped you to reset Safari browser in Mac fix your problem. Otherwise, you can try to alternate options like Google Chrome, Firefox or Edge for Mac.

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Carl Camp

How to reset Safari

How do you reset Safari 11.0 like you used to be able to do in older versions? Or can I just completely dump Safari and re download a fresh version?

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iMac, macOS Sierra (10.12.6), Safari 11.0

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 5:24 AM

Eric Root

Posted on Oct 30, 2017 7:33 AM

Safari/Preferences/Advanced - enable the Develop menu, then go there and Empty Caches. Quit/reopen Safari and test. Then try Safari/History/Show History and delete all history items. Quit/reopen Safari and test. You can also try try Safari/Clear History…. The down side is it clears all cookies. Doing this may cause some sites to no longer recognize your computer as one that has visited the web site. Go to Finder and select your user/home folder. With that Finder window as the front window, either select Finder/View/Show View options or go command - J. When the View options opens, check ’Show Library Folder’. That should make your user library folder visible in your user/home folder. Select Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db and move it to the trash.

Go to Safari Preferences/Extensions and turn all extensions off. Test. If okay, turn the extensions on one by one until you figure out what extension is causing the problem.

Safari Corruption See post by Linc Davis

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Oct 30, 2017 7:33 AM in response to Carl Camp

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Oct 30, 2017 7:56 AM in response to Carl Camp

Safari - History menu - Clear History will remove history, cache, cookies etc as reset did : unless used with etc Option key, in which case it clears History but keeps website data.

>>...can I just completely dump Safari and re download a fresh version?

No. Although there are some standalone installers, for certain OS versions : they don't affect existing cache/cookies/settings

How To Update Safari On Your Mac: A Step-By-Step Guide

The buttons of the Apple internet browser app Safari

It's no secret that Safari is the go-to browser for many Mac users . Sure, other browsers like Google Chrome have their advantages , especially if you're deep into Google's ecosystem, but using third-party browsers other than Safari on your Mac has downsides. Safari is optimized for macOS and integrates seamlessly with your other Apple devices like your iPhone and iPad by using Handoff.

If you've been a part of the Apple ecosystem for a while now, you're probably aware of Handoff, a very convenient Apple feature that allows you to begin a task on one of your devices, and pick up where you left off on another device.

Safari is no exception — Handoff allows you to start reading or watching something on your iPhone or iPad, and pick up where you left off on your Mac. This not only saves you the time of looking for a webpage but also makes jumping from one task to another extremely simple. Like any application, keeping Safari up to date is extremely important. Not only do new Safari updates come with newer features, but Apple also frequently rolls out updates to address security threats.

Now that you know it is a good idea to install Safari updates whenever they're rolled out, the real question is: How do you update Safari? Strangely enough, if your Apple device is updated to macOS Ventura or later , the only way to update Safari is to update your Mac itself.

How to update macOS

While you can't update Safari without updating macOS, you can check which version of Safari you're currently using. To do so, open the Safari app on your Mac and click on Safari from the menu bar. Now, select About Safari from the dropdown menu. Once you do so, a dialogue box will appear. The version of Safari you're currently using should be mentioned below the "Safari" text.

If you'd like to update Safari, follow the steps below to update macOS:

Click the Apple menu in the menu bar and select System Settings from the dropdown menu.

Select General from the sidebar on the left.

Click Software Update and wait for a few seconds.

Now, if a new update is available, click Update Now next to Updates Available.

If a Safari-specific update is available, you can click More Info and select Safari from the "Updates are available for your Mac" section.

To avoid having to update macOS manually to update Safari, we recommend enabling automatic updates. This way, you won't miss out on new features and can rest easy, knowing that Apple has fixed any known security threats . To do so, click the info icon next to Automatic updates and toggle on the switch next to Download new updates when available, Install macOS updates, and Install Security Responses and system files.

The Best Way Yet to Measure Browser Performance">Speedometer 3.0: The Best Way Yet to Measure Browser Performance

Mar 11, 2024

by Ryosuke Niwa

As announced on browserbench.org today, in collaboration with other browser engine developers, Apple’s WebKit team is excited to introduce Speedometer 3.0 , a major update that better reflects the Web of today. It’s built together by the developers of all major browser engines: Blink, Gecko, and WebKit with hundreds of contributions from companies like Apple, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Mozilla. This post is a deep dive into how the collaborative Speedometer project improved the benchmark’s measurements methods and test content.

To recap history, in 2014, the WebKit team at Apple released the Speedometer browser benchmark , designed to measure the responsiveness of websites and web apps.

The original Speedometer simulated user interactions in web applications, driving TodoMVC sample apps written using different JavaScript frameworks to add, complete, and remove todo items. It was unlike other DOM or web app benchmarks publicly available at the time. These older benchmarks were mostly collections of micro-benchmarks, and didn’t reflect how DOM APIs were used in real web apps, or how individual APIs interacted with the rest of the web browser engine. Speedometer quickly became an important tool for performance measurement and tuning not just in WebKit but also in other browser engines.

In 2018 the WebKit team, in collaboration with Google’s Chrome team, released Speedometer 2.0 , updated to use the latest frameworks and libraries available at the time. The Speedometer benchmark has since gained even more popularity among browser engines as a guide for optimization, and among independent testers and reviewers to compare different devices, operating systems, and browsers.

Today’s release of Speedometer 3.0 marks a major step forward in web browser performance testing. It improves the accuracy of measurement and measures the performance of a wide variety of contents.

Cross-Browser Collaboration

Speedometer 3.0’s release is a result of the collaboration among browser developers to improve the Web as a whole together. Much as Interop 2024 represents joint work to test and improve standards compliance, Speedometer 3.0 is a joint effort to test and improve browser performance.

Where previous Speedometer versions were developed as part of the WebKit project, Speedometer 3.0 has been developed and released under a joint multi-stakeholder governance model including the three major engine browsers: Blink, Gecko, and WebKit, and the repository has received hundreds of open source contributions since the original announcement in December 2022 . This collaboration better ensures fairness in measurement and workload composition. And together, the group created a shared vision for the benchmark.

Improved Test Harness

We’ve improved the way Speedometer measures runtime performance. Prior Speedometer versions measured the time to run a test script synchronously as “sync” time; and the time until a zero-delay timer scheduled at the end of “sync” work fires as “async” time, as shown in the following diagram:

In Speedometer 2, async time was measured as between when a timer is scheduled at the end of sync time and when the timer fires. That sometimes captures layout and paint and other tasks running after synchronous script execution but before the timer fires.

However, this method sometimes misses important work that browser engines do in response to script-driven changes, because synchronous tasks and the zero-delay timer are scheduled without considering the timing of rendering updates. It also didn’t capture any work frameworks delay until the next requestAnimationFrame (rAF) callback, a common technique in modern frameworks. The following diagram illustrates how important work could be missed by the time calculations.

In Speedometer 2, it was possible that requestAnimationFrame, layout, and paint to happen after the async timer had fired in some cases. In such cases, we fail to capture the time browser spends updating the rendering of a web page.

Speedometer 3.0 takes advantage of the fact that all browser engines have adopted the HTML5 event loop model for updating the webpage rendering. It measures test scripts within a requestAnimationFrame callback as “sync” time, and the time to fire zero-delay timer scheduled in a second requestAnimationFrame as “async” time:

In Speedometer 3, we schedule two requestAnimationFrame callbacks. The first one runs and measures sync time, and the second one schedules a timer to measure the async time. Because browsers are expected to update the rendering after invoking requestAnimationFrame callback but before running any other tasks, we always capture the time browser spends updating the rendering of a web page.

Because the zero-delay timer is now scheduled in a second requestAnimationFrame, it’s guaranteed to be fired after all the zero-delay timers scheduled during the synchronous portion of the test had fired. Thanks to HTML5’s event loop processing model, browser engines update the rendering of web pages after all requestAnimationFrame are called before the next zero-delay timer fires. These changes greatly improved Speedometer’s ability to accurately measure the runtime of synchronous work and asynchronous work browsers do in response to script that handles user events.

The test harness has also been rewritten to use modern JavaScript features like modules, native promises, let & const, async & await, and class syntax, which were not widely available at the time Speedometer 1.0 was first written.

Like its precursors, Speedometer 3.0 sums up the runtime taken to simulate user actions such as adding todo items, completing them, and removing them per each workload, and computes the geometric mean of the totals across different workloads. The final score is calculated as the arithmetic mean of the reciprocal of the geometric mean:

In Speedometer 3, each workload can have multiple sync and async times. The total time for all sync and async time is calcualted for each workload, and the score is calculated as the reciprocal of the geometric mean of the totals across workloads.

Adjustment to Score

Since Speedometer’s benchmark content was last updated in 2018, web browsers have gotten increasingly better at handling Speedometer content. Moreover, new hardware, such as Apple Silicon Macs, continues to push the boundary of what’s possible in computing. Where originally scores were scaled to be under 100, modern browsers now can score over 500 on the fastest devices. To make scores easier to compare and to make room for future improvements, we’ve adjusted the score so that a typical web browser will get a score in the 20-30 range to start out.

Updated UI Frameworks

Now let’s take a look at the test content in Speedometer 3. Like the past versions of Speedometer, version 3.0 includes TodoMVC-based todo apps that emulate adding, completing, and removing todo items. To better represent the modern Web, the most widely used JavaScript UI frameworks were identified from the HTTP Archive in March 2023:

In the order of popularity, React, Vue.js, React, Backbone.js, AngularJS, Next.js, Angular, Nuxt.js, lit-html, Knockout.js, Alpine.js, Marionette.js, Gatsby, Svelte, React Redux

The monthly downloads in NPM was also taken into account to find frameworks with high momentum:

In the order of NPM monthly downloads, React, React Redux, Next.js, Vue.js, Angular, Preact, lit-html, Backbone.js, Nuxt.js, Svelte, AngularJS, Gatsby, Alpine.js, Knockout.js, Marionette.js

Based on these data points, we’ve included the following JavaScript frameworks in our todo apps: Angular , Backbone , jQuery , Lit , Preact , React , React+ Redux , Svelte , and Vue . For each framework, the most commonly used version at the time was picked. Todo implementations written in vanilla JavaScript using ES5, ES6, and web components are also included.

Complex DOM Versions

In addition, Speedometer 3.0 includes “complex DOM” versions of some of the TodoMVC applications. In these complex DOM versions, each todo app is embedded inside a UI structure which mimics a web application with many deeply nested DOM nodes and plenty of CSS rules. Even though the benchmark still emulates the same set of operations, doing so in the context of more DOM elements and CSS rules adds work and captures additional performance bottlenecks.

In order to ensure the variety of performance scenarios to be tested, Speedometer 3.0 includes 6 simple DOM todo applications and 6 complex DOM todo applications.

Complex DOM workloads has ribbon menus, side bar tree view, search field, and other complex UI elements surrounding the todo app.

Broader Content

Together, these changes to todo apps dramatically improved the coverage of the benchmark. But Speedometer 3.0 takes it a step further and includes entirely new kinds of applications.

Speedometer 3.0 includes two test apps that mimic typical news sites, built using the popular single page application frameworks Next.js and Nuxt . It emulates user actions such as clicking on menu items and navigating to another page in the single page app setup.

News sites workload mimics a popular news site with navigation menu, hero images, headlines, and a summary of articles.

Speedometer 3.0 also includes four charting applications based on Observable Plot , chart.js , React stockcharts , and WebKit’s performance dashboards . Observable Plot and React Stockcharts are based on D3 and test manipulating SVG-based graphics. Chart.js and WebKit’s performance dashboards test drawing canvas-based graphics.

Charting workloads draw bar graphs of the number of airports in each U.S. state for example.

Finally, Speedometer 3.0 has added two text editing applications: a JavaScript code editor built with CodeMirror and a WYSIWYG editor built with TipTap . In both scenarios, it emulates the steps to create a new editable region, loading a large amount of text, and syntax highlighting or boldening text:

CodeMirror workload, for example, loads React's codebase and enables syntax highlighting

The addition of these new applications dramatically broadens the scope of what Speedometer 3.0 measures, and provide new opportunities for browser engines to optimize a broad spectrum of features like JavaScript, style, layout, graphics, and DOM.

Future Work

Today marks a remarkable milestone for the Web platform. Speedometer 3.0 sets a whole new standard for measuring web browser performance. As browser developers optimize their engines, this will expand the horizon of what Web developers can achieve in the years to come. Because the goal of the Speedometer benchmark is to reflect the real-world Web as much as possible, we’re expecting this benchmark to evolve over time. We’ll be regularly updating the list of frameworks to be tested, and periodically updating the tested framework’s versions to reflect the real world usage. You can try Speedometer 3 benchmark on browserbench.org . If you have any feedback or questions, feel free to file issues on Github .

Using Apple’s iCloud Passwords Outside Safari

We regularly recommend using a password manager like 1Password, and for good reason. Passkeys may eventually take over—and I hope to explore them soon—but until that time, we’re stuck with passwords, and managing them manually is less secure and vastly more work. For many years, solutions like 1Password, BitWarden, Dashlane, and LastPass (which I no longer recommend—see “ LastPass Publishes More Details about Its Data Breaches ,” 3 March 2023) fell into the must-have category.

Apple’s Keychain Access utility has long provided basic password management capabilities in macOS but has never been particularly usable. With macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15, Apple gave passwords a better user-facing interface in System Preferences and Safari on the Mac and the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad. Although the settings screens are labeled Passwords and the iCloud-based password syncing feature is called iCloud Keychain, Apple doesn’t seem to have a formal name for the totality of these password management features, making it hard to talk about them in the same sentence as something like 1Password. For this article, I will use the name iCloud Passwords for reasons that will soon become obvious.

Although iCloud Passwords didn’t—and still doesn’t—have full feature parity with third-party password managers, it was pretty good. It offered all the basics, such as auto-fill, editing, searching, and even syncing through iCloud Keychain. Over time, Apple added support for one-time passwords, password sharing, and more. Importantly, it’s also completely free.

Despite these improvements, iCloud Passwords suffered in one significant way: it worked only in Safari. On the iPhone and iPad, that wasn’t a problem because other Web browsers relied on the same WebKit engine as Safari. (Apple also allowed Safari to treat third-party password managers as first-class alternatives.) But Mac users who wanted to use Chromium-based browsers like Arc, Brave, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi, or Mozilla’s Firefox couldn’t take advantage of iCloud Passwords.

In 2021, Apple released the iCloud Passwords extension for Google Chrome, but only for Windows. In July 2023, Apple updated it to version 2.0, adding support for Mac versions of Google Chrome running in macOS 14 Sonoma. Although I’m happy with 1Password, I’ve been using iCloud Passwords for the past month in Arc to see if I could recommend iCloud Passwords for those who don’t rely on Safari. While I miss features from 1Password, the answer is yes: iCloud Passwords works fine. At least that’s true for me—I see reviews on the Chrome Web Store page that claim it doesn’t work or broke after some update, but I’ve been using it long enough that I’m comfortable saying it’s functional.

Although Apple released iCloud Passwords only for Chromium browsers—and it seems to work equally as well in all the variants I’ve tried—the company has done nothing for Firefox users. However, an independent developer named Aurélien recently published a Firefox add-on also called iCloud Passwords , so that’s an option for those running Sonoma or recent versions of Windows—it doesn’t work for earlier versions of macOS. It’s not yet well-known, with only 716 users last I checked (versus 2 million for the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension), but I’ve installed it and verified that it works. Although I’m a little hesitant to recommend an independent add-on that interacts with a system-wide password store, it’s open source, and anyone can view its code on GitHub .

Passwords Settings

Before we get to the specifics of using iCloud Passwords in a Chromium browser, I want to review the basics of password management in macOS. You access your passwords in System Settings > Passwords or Safari > Settings > Passwords —they’re the same—and you must authenticate every time you go there. Touch ID or Apple Watch authentication makes that a lot easier.

iCloud Passwords in System Settings

Let’s look at all the options from the top:

  • Search field: Use this to find logins in the list below by searching for the site name or username. Unlike 1Password, you can’t search for strings contained in your passwords.
  • + menu: Choose New Password or New Shared Group as desired. Most of the time, you’ll create new logins while setting up an account on a website—iCloud Passwords offers to remember the login information for you. More on shared groups shortly.
  • ••• menu: Apple puts the Import and Export commands in this unhelpfully labeled menu. The import/export format is CSV, and Apple warns that exported passwords will be stored unencrypted. (As an aside, I think using + and ••• to label menus is borderline criminal interface design, but it’s just one of many decisions in System Settings that will make its designers first up against the wall when the revolution comes.)

iCloud Passwords Security Recommendations

Nothing in Passwords Settings will set the world on fire, but Apple has provided a solid set of basic features.

iCloud Passwords in a Browser

To autofill your passwords in a Chromium browser like Arc, Brave, or Google Chrome, you need to install Apple’s iCloud Passwords extension from the Chrome Web Store. That’s as simple as clicking the Add to Chrome button and acknowledging that you want to install when prompted.

iCloud Passwords Chrome extension

How you interact with extensions varies a bit by browser, though most let you add them to a toolbar. In Chromium browsers other than Arc (which has a bug in this area), clicking a login form displays a notification that you can click to enable Password AutoFill. Arc has no such toolbar, but choosing Extensions > iCloud Passwords has the same effect as clicking the toolbar button or the notification.

iCloud Passwords enable autofill

However you invoke it, iCloud Passwords presents you with two dialogs: a system-level dialog with a verification code and a browser-level dialog into which you enter it. If you make a mistake typing, you’re instantly presented with another code.

iCloud Passwords verification code

Although this verification approach is straightforward, it’s required for every launch of the Web browser, so you may end up typing a lot of verification codes. It’s much easier to use biometric authentication via Touch ID or an Apple Watch in 1Password; I presume other password managers also support biometric authentication.

Once you’ve enabled Password AutoFill, it’s trivially easy to use. Just click in a login form, and iCloud Passwords detects that action and presents you with passwords that match the domain of the site you’re on. Click one to enter its information in the login form fields. Typically, only a single password will appear, but if you have multiple logins at different sites within the same domain, as I do in the screenshot below, you get to pick one.

iCloud Password autofill

(As an aside, this domain detection is one of the key reasons to use a password manager—they can’t be fooled into helping you enter a password onto a malicious site pretending to be something else. A human might not notice, but app1e.com isn’t apple.com in the eyes of a password manager.)

If a login form has both a username and password field, iCloud Passwords will autofill both. If the login process first requires you to enter your username, followed by the password after a form or page refresh, you’ll likely have to click again to autofill the password separately. 1Password is better at injecting the password into the second field that appears without requiring manual intervention.

One last thing. If you need to create a new account, iCloud Passwords almost always notices and offers to save your credentials. What it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is create a secure password for you. Instead, it suggests creating a strong password in System Settings > Passwords or opening the page in Safari (below left, ignore the broken graphic icon). Indeed, Safari automatically generates strong passwords and saves them to your password collection when you click Use Strong Password (below right). So, the better part of valor is to switch to Safari when creating new accounts and then switch back to log in with the new credentials. If you instead use System Settings > Passwords , you’ll have to click the + menu, choose New Password, click the Create Strong Password button, copy the password, switch back to your browser, and paste the password.

iCloud Passwords generate strong passwords elsewhere

Limitations Compared to Other Password Managers

I’ve mentioned a few ways that iCloud Passwords fails to match up to the likes of 1Password, but let’s collect all of them here so you get a sense of the difference. iCloud Passwords:

  • Generates many more verification requests.
  • Doesn’t support biometric authentication, so those verification requests can be answered only by typing in a six-digit code. (Although the code may be easier than typing in a master password.)
  • Isn’t quite as capable of autofilling login fields separated by a form or page refresh.
  • Sometimes fails to offer to save a manual login.
Supports only logins, unlike other password managers, which can store many other types of private information, such as identity cards, medical record cards, bank accounts, API credentials, secure notes, and even documents.
  • Can’t autofill credit card or address information.

You can work around this last limitation using browser features. Chromium browsers can all autofill payment methods and addresses, but by default, iCloud Passwords blocks those features from working, even though it won’t help you in that department. If you circumvent the iCloud Passwords block on browser autofill, you can get the best of both worlds. Follow these steps:

  • In your Chromium browser, navigate to the Extensions page, usually by choosing Window > Extensions . In Arc, it’s Extensions > Manage Extensions .

iCloud Passwords Chrome extension Details

Once you’ve done all that, you should be in a situation where iCloud Passwords autofills your login credentials, and your browser autofills credit card information and addresses. The browser-level interface looks a little different but works well—you simply click in a credit card or address field and then click the desired set of information from the pop-up.

Chromium browsers autofilling payment and address info

Now that I’ve written this article, I fully admit that I’m going to disable iCloud Passwords and revert to 1Password because it’s easier to use and autofills more information. Plus, my nearly 1000 logins are stored in 1Password—I’ve been using 1Password’s Quick Access pop-up to find and enter credentials in Arc logins so iCloud Passwords could remember them. In the past month, I’ve migrated 73 logins to iCloud Passwords, and although those take care of most of my day-to-day logins, I never get through a week without having to bring more over from 1Password.

But it’s clear that with the addition of the iCloud Passwords extension for Chromium browsers and some judicious browser configuration for payment methods and addresses, it’s entirely possible to rely on Apple’s free password management tools.

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Comments About Using Apple’s iCloud Passwords Outside Safari

Notable replies.

Since I use Safari 99% of the time and have simple needs for a password manager, keychain works very well for me. I also don’t use any non-Apple platforms or Chromium browsers.

My objection to 1Password is based on two principles I try to adhere to: I really don’t like subscription apps and like even less electron based apps, which I consider to be poor Mac citizens. Even though I have 36 GB of RAM on my M3 Pro, it irks me to use a lazily created app which uses electron and, to add insult to injury, needs a subscription fee (even if it is not large).

So far, these principles have not inhibited me in any way in my choice of apps I run on my Mac.

Thank you for yet another thoughtful and informative article.

Don’t beat around the bush, tell me what you really think.

While I agree with you, I would emphasize that what makes “using + and ••• to label menus” a capital crime is to have no hint appear when one hovers over the cryptic symbol.

The Keychain app has for years supported secure notes which offers a safe haven for that kind of information. However, it is true that it unfortunately does not sync to an iOS front-end even when users have iCloud Keychain turned on. So that makes it Mac-only which limits its usefulness I guess.

Of course Notes also offers secure notes and they can hold all kinds of information (including images, PDFs, etc.) and they sync very nicely across iCloud to other devices you have connected to your Apple ID.

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For me the greatest limitation of Apple’s inbuilt password manager / keychain is that it is secured by your Mac password. This means that if you take your Mac in for repairs and the technician needs your computer password, they can access all your Keychain passwords as well. In many cases this can be prevented by setting up a separate administrator account, but most home users don’t know to do this and technicians rarely encourage it.

My customers with password managers have bigger issues with passwords than my customers just using keychain-password settings. I juse keychain because I would rather change a password than somehow “find” one and reuse. (this happens more often than expected) - How secure is Chrome/Firefox/etc password management ? You only know of security of these things in past tense. None of these managers resolve the bigger problem - when stuff is breached or a password is ‘uncoordinated’ - there is no AI crawler to remove breachs or faulted passwords. My wife’s online stock manager password system routinely locks you out forever if three attempts fail and then you have to contact a PERSON who then generates a new password request via snailmail. I have their system fail on my (with the correct password-so i imagine an acceptance glitch on their end creates this havoc) The availability of Password in a browser is inherently a security issue in itself. (small bias: don’t entirely feel anything from Alphabet is 'reliable" as to security - my old edict “The Google giveth - the Google taketh away” still stands.) I do trust Apple’s “values system” though.

I use to use 1 Password Application but switched to Enpass and have had no real problems with it on my Mac Studio running Sonoma. I have used it for over two years now and am wondering why you haven’t mentioned it yet? I also use it on my iPhone and Love the fact that is keeps everything updated on both my desk top computer and my iPhone. Is there some potential problem with this software that I am not aware of?

Respectfully yours Timothy Freitas

Thanks - this is a great introduction to something I didn’t realize was built into Ventura; I had been using Keychain and the Password Manager built into Firefox. Since I find it loaded with the contents of Keychain, I now have a nicer interface to work with. I wish it worked with Firefox.

I did find one thing I consider a problem. All the passwords I checked were listed as last modified 11/28/21, which presumably was the date the password file was created. That unfortunately wiped out the earlier dates when the passwords were created, so I have lost any indication of how old the passwords were created. I often find I need that to pick out passwords that are obsolete because the web site has been redesigned and no longer uses that page.

Purely because I have no experience with Enpass and it doesn’t come up in discussions here as a common choice for password managers. I’ve never heard anything particularly bad about it, though.

As you can see, there are a LOT of options.

Have you tried the iCloud Passwords add-on I mention briefly in the article?

Thanks for your input. BTW I have always respected TidBITS and trusted their reviews and advice.

Respectfully Yours Timothy Freitas

I’m still on Ventura, and you said the add-on required Sonora. The last I have heard, Mail still has problems in Sonora, and I don’t want to risk Mail problems.

Ah, sorry, missed that fact. I suspect the iCloud Passwords extension and add-on leverage some new API in Sonoma, but I don’t know for sure.

Hey Adam, Thanks for the article.

My opinion: Apple is providing too little (or too much), too late.

Like you, I am perfectly happy with my 1Password app. Also, while you mention the Apple iClouds Passwords is “free”, this means no financial purchase is necessary. But the feature is not free, in terms of the effort of moving one’s entire set of passwords over to the Apple feature, which apparently would include a learning curve, as well.

Wishing you clear skies on 08 Apr 2024.

I stopped using Apples password manager and went to a app called StrongPassword.app. Strong Password . It has what I need, but eventually passcodes with take over as they have on Gmail

Hey Adam – In the Password Options paragraph, you wrote: “… I’m intrigued by the “Use passwords and passkeys from” section. iCloud Keychain is the only option here … Perhaps Apple will open up macOS to others in the future.”

Well Sonoma actually does have this:

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I use Strongbox (by Phoebe Code Ltd.) on my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The option shown in the screenshot allows me to use Strongbox to autofill on Safari. Plus Strongbox has extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

I believe you still have to have iCloud Keychain enabled as well (and Apple makes it a little clunky when adding new entries from a website). But the overall UX with Strongbox is quite nice.

Yup, essentially going to say this. Strongbox already has an extension, but it’s nice to have options. I don’t like Apple’s extension very much because it’s invasive (turns off Chrome’s autofill until you configure it otherwise, constant prompt for the verification code from the system) but otherwise it’s serviceable enough. Naturally the Safari experience is a great deal more luscious.

Interesting! I wonder what other password managers do this—1Password does not. Perhaps it’s a way that apps that haven’t already put effort into autofill can take advantage of Apple’s built-in code.

I think I’ve tried out several that supported it. I know KeePassium does because I just checked for other apps showing up there on my computer.

For those of you who are using Apple’s password manager and are looking for an easier way to access the password database without digging through Settings, here is a link to a video that shows how to make a password app using Shortcuts and put it right in your Dock. Password app for iPhone and Mac

GREAT COMMENT THREAD!

I live in password hell as competing programs across devices snatch (autostore) and try to competitively Auto-fill in ways I cannot track. Often get locked out as a consequence. “Conflicts” between Windows, Edge, Firefox, 1Password, MacOs/Safari make changes and legacy password management a constant burden.

Note: there are 16+ “What’s my F___ing Password?!” log books for writing them down on Amazon alone.

Complexity without utility, and the burden to elderly and impaired users “forced to go digital” is pernicious.

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One of Apple’s lead designers for Safari has departed the company to join The Browser Company. The news was announced today by Josh Miller, CEO of The Browser Company.

The Browser Company is the company behind the increasingly popular Arc web browser , which claims to offer “a calmer, more personal” internet browsing experience.

In his announcement on social media, Miller said that Charlie Deets is joining The Browser Company after five years at Apple. Miller describes Deets as one of the two Safari lead designers on Apple.

According to his LinkedIn, Deets joined Apple in May 2019 and worked across “Safari, Home, Privacy, Accessibility, and Screen Sharing” at the company. Prior to his time at Apple, he spent five and a half years as a Lead Product Designer at Meta, working across Facebook and WhatsApp.

Deets confirmed his move to The Browser Company on his personal Twitter account. He also retweeted a post that credits him with creating the “swipe to reply” gesture during his time at Meta.

Last month, The Browser Company announced that it had raised $50 million at a $550 million valuation. The company says that Arc will be “generally available on Windows, Mac, and iOS” with a single cross-platform syncing system by this summer.

“We’re imagining a browser that can think as quickly as we do, take work off of our plates, and pull our creativity forward,” The Browser Company says on its website. “A browser equipped for the way we use the internet in 2024, and foundational for how we hope to use it in the future.”

Arc has added an array of AI-focused features recently, setting itself apart from Safari. Whether Apple has any major new AI features planned for Safari as part of iOS 18 this year remains to be seen.

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" Huge hiring news to share: Apple’s Safari browser has 2 lead designers. Today we’re welcoming one of them, Charlie Deets to The Browser Company team! It’s a big deal for us — and plays into a larger strategic bet we’re making in 2024. "

That move involves the key phrase that will be mentioned in almost every product launch: the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence. Following the announcement, Miller goes on to talk about the company’s plans to integrate AI into its Arc Browser with the tagline “the browser that browses for you.” To accommodate the new way of thinking about the browsing experience, use the browser to support you pro-actively.

That requires thinking about the interface desig, and that’s where hiring Charlie Deets is important.

Unlike a desktop browser, any browser running on an iPhone or iPad is forced to use Apple's own Webkit rendering engine (a practice called out by the European Union’s Digital Markets Act). To make any material difference in the iPhone browser experience, it cannot be made in how the pages are rendered or laid out, but instead have to be in the interface. The use of AI in the Arc Browser offers something more than a light reskinning of the WebKit browser engine to look different to Safari.

How much difference can AI make to the underlying experience? Arc can answer that, assuming The Browser Company can find a happy user base to buy into the vision. Yet there is something bigger in the wings; Apple’s expected showcasing of AI at the upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference should help with the idea of AI in a browser… how much of that AI influence will be adopted by Safari and how much Apple will leave for third parties to leverage?

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If you've not been paying attention, you may have missed one of the up-and-coming browsers promising to revolutionize content consumption online. The simply named "Browser Company" created Arc to upend classic interaction paradigms, and it has entered its second act, which is centered on AI.

The Browser Company CEO Josh Miller shared that Charlie Deets joined the Arc team in a post on X. The company's push to redefine browsing with AI could use some top talent, and one of the two designers from Apple's Safari team may fit the bill.

HUGE hiring news to share: Apple's Safari browser has 2 lead designers. Today we're welcoming one of them, @charliedeets , to the @browsercompany team !! It's a big deal for us — and plays into a larger strategic bet we're making in 2024. Here's a peek behind the curtain — Josh Miller (@joshm) April 1, 2024

Charlie Deets has been credited with creating the swipe-to-reply paradigm in software.

Miller goes on to comment that the company has $85 million in the bank and 12 months to build "Her" into your internet experience. That's a reference to the 2013 film in which a character falls in love with a Siri -like artificial intelligence.

A 15-minute long announcement video released in February showcased some of what Arc will be bringing to users in 2024. The features included an AI-powered search that "skips the middle man," intelligent tab folders that act as RSS feeds, and an iOS default browser that is available now .

Apple is set to introduce system-wide AI tools and features in iOS 18 during WWDC . A smarter Safari experience could be coming, but for now, Arc is aiming to be the one to beat with an Apple designer on its team.

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    Refer to our beginner's guide to the Mac Terminal for using it effectively. To reset Safari using Terminal: Open the Terminal app (you can find it easily using Spotlight with Cmd + Space ). Next, open the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen. Click Force Quit and select Safari to completely close it.

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    Step 1: Open Safari Preferences. To initiate the process of resetting Safari on your Mac, the first step is to access the Safari Preferences. This can be done by launching the Safari browser and locating the "Safari" option in the top menu bar. Upon clicking on "Safari," a drop-down menu will appear, and you should select "Preferences" from the ...

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    How To + Software & Apps. How to Reset the Safari Browser on your Mac. Posted on May 21st, 2020 by Kirk McElhearn Sometimes when you have issues with the Safari web browser on your Mac, you may need to reset the app: delete its cache, delete all the data that it has stored about websites, and, perhaps, clear out extensions that could be causing issues. In this article, I'm going to explain ...

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    From your Safari menu bar, click Safari > Preferences, then select the Advanced tab. Enable the checkbox to 'Show Develop menu in menu bar'. From the menu bar select: Develop > Empty Caches. Reset Safari Versions 8 - 5. In the Safari menu, choose 'Reset Safari'. The browser will restart without bringing up the problematic site.

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    The second option to reset Safari browser in Mac is to delete the cache stored in the browser. However, this option available under the hidden "Develop" menu that you first need to enable. Click on the "Safari" menu and go to "Preferences…" option. Alternatively, you can press "Command + ," shortcut keys to open the ...

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    Safari Reset. Safari/Preferences/Advanced - enable the Develop menu, then go there and Empty Caches. Quit/reopen Safari and test. Then try Safari/History/Show History and delete all history items. Quit/reopen Safari and test. You can also try try Safari/Clear History…. The down side is it clears all cookies.

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    In Arc, it's Extensions > Manage Extensions. Click the Details button next to iCloud Passwords. On the iCloud Password Details screen, click the button next to Extension Options, and in the dialog that opens, deselect Turn Off Chrome AutoFill. That double-negative allows Chrome's AutoFill to operate independently again.

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