The best internet experience for Mac users is with the Safari browser. This is due to the fact that Apple has done a tremendous job of optimizing the performance and power consumption of Safari specifically for Apple devices. However, like any other browser, at times it slows down, freezes and does not respond to your actions. Below we will consider factors that impede the normal operation of Safari, and offer possible solutions.
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Install macOS updates and restart Mac
Rebooting the computer fixes a great many possible problems, including allowing the browser to work normally again.
As a rule, new versions of macOS include new versions of Safari. Everything is simple – if you have not installed a new OS, then your browser remains old. Of course, Apple is releasing security updates for the old versions and making improvements, but all the new Safari features are only available in its new versions.
Newer versions of the browser have improved compatibility with the latest Internet technologies. Having “conjured” over new versions, Cupertinians achieve greater rendering speed and overall browser performance in general.
Installing an updated macOS will also get rid of many problems with the operating system.
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Close unnecessary tabs
How many tabs are currently open in your browser? How many of them do you really need? Safari keeps tabs open in the background, even if you’re not using them. The easiest way to speed up your browser is to close unnecessary tabs.
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Clear browser cache
Like other browsers, Safari stores a cache of visited pages and related data, which occupy disk space and can cause a slowdown of the computer. From time to time, it’s useful to clean your browser cache, especially if you are experiencing performance issues. To clear the Safari cache:
Open a browser and go to Safari → Preferences in the menu bar at the top of the screen;
Select “Additions” and check the box next to the option “Show the Development menu in the menu bar” at the bottom of the window;
Close “Settings”, on the top menu bar, click on “Development” and select Clear Caches.
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Disable demanding extensions
Safari does not have any restrictions on the number of installed extensions, but they can be more harmful than good, since the extensions can significantly slow down the computer. This is especially true of extensions that directly affect the work with the browser. One of these extensions is TamperMonkey, which allows you to change the appearance and behavior of sites using custom scripts.
To increase the speed of work, disable the extension. Go to Safari → “Settings” → “Extensions” and uncheck the box next to the name of this or that extension. Disable all extensions, and then try to enable each of them separately in order to find the problem.
Keep in mind that disabling extensions does not mean removing them. If you want to completely remove the extension, in the section “Extensions” Press Delete opposite its name.
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Limit the activity of wayward plugins
Plugins like Adobe Flash or Unity Player should be kept on a short leash. To ensure maximum browser performance, these plugins should not start automatically, but only with your permission. You can set the appropriate settings in Safari → “Settings” → “Websites” → “Plugins”.
You can disable unused plugins by unchecking the box next to their names. Safari also allows you to configure default behavior for all frequently visited sites. To do this, select the option in the drop-down menu. “When visiting other sites”.
Unlimited plugins can slow down Safari performance. By limiting their activity, you will give the browser the opportunity to choose new ones, such as HTML5, instead of obsolete technologies like Flash.
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Identify problematic sites
It happens that Safari slows down due to one problem site. The reasons why the site causes problems when working with the browser can be a great many. For example, he can use too many scripts, automatically play advertising videos, run extensions, etc., causing the slowdown of the “poppy” as a whole.
Sometimes these pages consume much more resources compared to the rest, and sometimes they crash. In order to rectify the situation:
1. Open the program “System Monitoring” in section Utilities in folder “Programs”;
2. In the CPU section, click on the “% CPU” column and you will see how much power a particular process consumes;
3. Find sites that consume the most resources, or tabs that crash, and click on “×” to complete the process;
4. Confirm the completion of the process.
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Free up disk space
Lack of free space on a computer can slow down its operation as a whole, and not just the browser. When there is no free disk space, the Mac will most likely freeze, slow down, and stop working. To avoid this, make sure that at least 10 GB of disk space remains free.
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Fix other macOS issues
Improving system performance (in detail) will also help improve browser performance. The less computer resources are spent on performing unnecessary tasks, the more free resources are available for the browser.
First of all, make sure that you have not made any mistakes in working with your “poppy”. For example, remove unnecessary applications from startup (“System Preferences” → “Users and Groups” → “Login Objects”)
Also close demanding applications like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
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Fix Internet Connection Issues
Safari’s slow performance can be attributed to low internet speeds. To check the speed of the Internet, use special speed tests.
To increase the speed of the Internet, you can also change the DNS settings. This will be useful if you regularly experience problems with your internet connection. In addition, for sites not optimized for Safari, it is recommended to install alternative browsers, for example, Chrome or Firefox.