How to Improve Safari Speed on Mac

By Lois Green, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

For most of the times, Safari works perfectly on our Macs. However, there are times when the browser just gets sluggish and takes forover to load a web page. When Safari is insanely slow, before moving any further, we should:

  • Make sure the Mac or MacBook has an active network connection;

  • Force quit the browser and re-open it to see if the problem continues.

If the problem persists, try these tricks to speed up safari on your Mac.

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1. Keep Your Mac Up-to-date

The newest version of Safari has better performance than its previous versions because Apple keeps fixing bugs that have been found. You need to update your Mac OS to get the newset Safari. Therefore, always check if there is new OS for your Mac. If there is, get the update.

2. Change Search Settings on Mac

Open Safari, go to its Preferences panel and choose Search. Change settings in the Search menu and see if the changes make a difference to Safari's performance.

  • Change Search Engine to Bing. Then restart Safari and see if it runs faster.

  • Uncheck smart search options. Sometimes these extra features slow down the browser. Therefore, try to uncheck search engine suggestions, Safari suggestions, quick website search, preload top hit, etc.

Change Search Settings in Safari

3. Clear Browser Caches

Caches are saved to improve Safari's performance. However if the cache files become too large or corrupted, it takes longer for the browser to search right content from the files. Clearing Safari caches will help to speed up Safari.

Manually Clean up Safari Caches Files

Clean Safari Caches on Mac

  • Open Preferences panel in Safari;

  • Choose "Advanced";

  • Enable "Show Develop" menu;

  • Click on Develop in menu bar;

  • From the drop-down list, select "Empty caches".

If somehow to the above steps don't function properly, you can also clear caches by deleting cache.db file in Finder. 

  • On Finder, click Go > Go to Folder;

  • Enter this path in the search bar: ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db;

  • It will locate cache.db file of Safari. Just delete the file. 

Delete Cache BD File

Use Mac Cleaner to Clean Caches Files

Mac Cleaners like FonePaw MacMaster also have the feature of cleaning browser caches. If you need to not only speed up Safari, but also improve overal performace of your Mac, you should use the program on your Mac.

To clean browser caches on Mac:

Clean Safari Caches in Dr. Cleaner

  • Launch MacMaster;

  • Choose "Junk Files" and let the program scan for unneeded system files on your Mac;

  • From the scanned results, choose "Application Caches";

  • Tick cartain browser and click on Remove button.

Other than Safari, MacMaster can also clean caches of your other browsers, such as Google Chrome.

After removing Safari cache files, restart Safari and see if it is loading faster.

4. Delete Safari Preference File

Preference file is used to store preference settings of Safari. If lots of time-out when loading web pages in Safari, delete the exsiting preference file of Safari will be a good idea.

Note: Your Safari preferences such as default home page will be deleted if the file is removed.

Delete Safari Preference File

  • Open Finder;

  • Hold Alt/Option button when you click on Go on menu bar. Library folder will appear on the drop-down menu;

  • Choose "Library"> "Preference" folder;

  • On search bar, type: com.apple.Safari.plist. Make sure you have selected Preference but not This Mac;

  • Delete the com.apple.Safari.plist file.

5. Disable Extensions

If there are extensions in Safari that you don't need right now, disable the tools to speed up the browser.

Disable Extension in Safari

  • Open the browser;

  • Click Safari in the upper left corner;

  • From drop-down menu, choose "Preference";

  • Then click on "Extensions";

  • Uncheck extensions to disable them.

6. Log in with Another Account

The user account that you are currently using could be the problem. Try to log in your Mac with another account. If Safari runs faster with another account, you may want to fix the error in these steps:

  • Open Spotlight and type in Disk Utility to open the app;  

  • Click the hard drive of your Mac and choose First Aid on the top;  

  • Click Run on the pop-up window.

Disk Utility on Mac

Any more question about using Safari on Mac? Leave your question below. We hope you have a great web experience with Safari.

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