Safari is the preinstalled browser that all Mac users get with their device. Initially, the browser works pretty fast and smooth but with time it can have several issues that can affect the speed of the browser. We are going to mention some of the most common reasons which can cause an error with the speed. If you are also facing the problem of Safari running slow then you can follow the steps mentioned below.
Common Issues that Affects the Speed of Safari Browser
Here in the list, you can find the problem due to which your browser is Running slow. Follow the solution listed along to rectify the problem.
1. Cache and history
Just like every browser, Safari also stores cache and other information while you visit any website. It keeps the cache stored to help you load the page faster next time when you visit. But this can increase the burden on the browser and can result in a decrease in speed.
You can easily try and erase the data and cache from the browser to make it fast. Follow the steps listed below to erase.
Steps to clean history in Safari:
- Open the browser and click on the ‘Safari’ option from the top menu.
- From the list, click on the ‘clear history’ option.
- Select the time span from which you want to delete and then select the ‘clear history’ option.
In the selected time span the history will be deleted.
Steps to clean cache in Safari:
- Open the browser and click on the ‘Safari’ option from the menu.
- From the menu click on the ‘Preferences’ option
- Now choose the advanced option from the top right corner.
- In the menu, tick the ‘show develop menu in the menu bar’.
- Now in the browser click on the Develop option from the top list
- Click on the Empty Caches option.
Now the caches will be cleared and you can check for the speed of the browser.
2. Install a software
For all the caches and files which you wish to clear from the system, you can use software to optimize your Mac. Using the software you can remove duplicates, unused programs, caches, and other things which might slow down the system. All you need to do is install the software and scan for the files. It will automatically detect the files which can be deleted and after you grant the permission your system will be empty.
There is a bunch of software that offers similar features to speed up your system. Before you install any of them read more about their offering and subscription. Choose the best software which works as per your requirements.
Extensions can be used for an individual’s needs and ease. Using the extensions you can save your passwords or permit other websites to work while you are on the browser. Websites like grammar checkers can be used as an extension. But in the long run, they can affect the performance of the browser which you may observe in terms of speed. You can update them from time to time to avoid the issue or you can even disable them if not in use. To disable, the extensions follow the steps listed below.
- Open the browser and check if the ‘show develop menu in the menu bar’ is ticked. ( if the option is not ticked then follow the first four steps mentioned above in clear cache in Safari)
- After the option is checked, then click on the ‘develop’ option
- In the list appeared, click on ‘disable extensions’
Now all the extensions will be disabled.
4. Change search engine
The search engine which you use in the browser also affects the speed. You can try and change them. To change the search engine you need to open the preferences option in the browser and then click on the Search tab. Now you can try and change the search engine. We would recommend you to choose google as it is the faster search engine. Other than this you can check which is offering the best speed, so try it by yourself and choose the best.
You can even change the settings and untick the options which are in the list like include Safari suggestions, enable quick website search, preload top hit in the background and show favorites. Try and change them if the browser works better.
Fixed: Safari running slow in Mac
We have listed some of the most common issues which can affect your browser speed. You can check the issue which your browser is having and rectify it for faster speed. If you still face the issue of slow speed then it can be due to a slow internet connection. Try to connect with another network provider to see how Safari is working?