How to speed up slow Safari browser on Mac

If Safari browser is running very slow on your Mac, you should be able to speed up slow Safari browser on Mac by following the steps below.

Slow Safari browser on Mac

Just like Google Chrome and other web browsers, the default Safari browser on Mac can slow down over time and can even become painfully slow for various reasons.

When this happens, you’ll notice a significant delay in loading web pages, find it difficult to scroll down web pages, and you may also notice that certain websites won’t load.

Hence, below we are providing the methods to fix slow Safari browser on your Mac to help you improve Safari browser performance on your Mac.

1. Clear Safari browsing history

First, clear Safari browsing history on your Mac.

1. Open safari Browser > select it safari tab in the top menu bar and click Delete history…. Possibility.

Safari browser option to clear history on Mac

2. Select in the popup all history and click delete history Button.

Clear Safari browsing history pop-up on Mac

2. Change Safari search settings

While “Smart Search Settings” in Safari browser can improve your browsing experience, they are also known to slow down the browser.

1. Open safari Browser > select it safari tab in the top menu bar and click system settings option in the drop down menu.

Safari settings screen on Mac

2. On the next screen, click the Seek Tab and disable Enable quick site search, Preload top hit in background and Show favorites options.

Disable Safari browser smart search box options on Mac

3. Turn OFF the dashboard

The dashboard feature on Mac, while useful, consumes resources which can cause Safari browser slowdown, especially on older MacBooks (2010 or earlier).

Therefore, try disabling Dashboard on your Mac and see if it makes a difference in Safari browser speed on your Mac.

1. Click on that Apple Logo in the top menu bar and select System Settings… in the drop down menu.

System Preferences option on Mac

2. On the System Settings screen, click mission control.

tab

3. Spin on the next screen OUT the dashboard feature on your Mac.

Disable Dashboard on Mac
If you don’t notice a huge difference, you can always return to the Mission Control screen and activate the Dashboard on your Mac.

4. Clear Safari browser cache

Over time, the Safari browser cache can become very large, resulting in browser slowdown.

1. Open safari Browser > select it Develop tab. in the top menu bar and click Empty caches option in the drop down menu.

Clear Safari Web Cache on Mac

Note: You need to enable the Develop menu in Safari, it’s not enabled by default on Mac.

Once the cache is cleared, you may find that your favorite websites load a little slower on your first visit, but load faster on your subsequent visits.

5. Disable Safari browser extensions

Certain Safari browser extensions can slow down the browser and prevent Safari from working properly on your Mac.

1. Open safari Browser > select it Develop tab in the top menu bar and click Disable extensions option in the drop down menu.

Disable Safari Extensions on Mac

This will disable all Safari browser extensions on your computer.

6. Disable unused network

If you mainly use Ethernet or WiFi, disabling the network you are not using can help speed up the Safari browser.

1. Click on Apple Logo > select System Settings… option in the drop down menu.

System Preferences screen on Mac

2. On the System Settings screen, click network Possibility.

Network option in the System Preferences screen on Mac

3. On the next screen, select the unused one network (in this case WiFi) and click on Turn off Button.

Disable Wi-Fi network on Mac

7. Set the network priority

If you’re using both WiFi and Ethernet, set up network priority based on the network you’re primarily connected to.

1. Open system settings > click network.

2. On the network screen, click Gear Shaped Icon and select Define service order… option in the drop down menu.

Set Network Service Order on Mac

3. Drag on the next screen Wireless Internet access under ethernet Network (if you mainly use Ethernet) or drag Ethernet under WiFi (if you mainly use WiFi network).

Configure the network service order on the Mac

4. Click on OK to save this setting on your Mac.

8. Update Safari browser

The best way to get the most out of Safari browser on Mac is to make sure you are running the latest version of Safari browser on your computer.

1. Click on that apple icon in the top menu bar and select About this Mac. option in the drop down menu.

About this Mac option

2. On the next screen, click update software button

9. Use Google DNS

If you find that the Safari browser on your Mac typically slows down at certain times of the day, the problem might be that your service provider’s DNS servers are overloaded.

You can switch to Google’s for free Public DNS service or OpenDNS and behold, this helps in improving browsing speed on your Mac.

For steps to change DNS servers on your Mac, see this guide: How to switch to Google DNS on Windows and Mac.

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