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How to update Safari on Mac

The default browser for macOS, Safari is one of the most popular choices for its privacy. It has improved a lot over the years, including features like reading mode, storing passwords, and prevent websites from tracking you. However, to run the browser smoothly, it is essential to update it.

In comparison to other apps, updating the Safari browser on Mac is a little tricky. Read on to learn how to install the update and why you need to do it.

Why do I need to update Safari in macOS?

Safari doesn’t receive as frequent updates as other browsers. Moreover, Apple releases updates for Safari alongside major macOS releases. Therefore, they include several improvements, new features, and bug fixes.

Additionally, an older version of Safari may not be fully compatible with the latest macOS and could potentially become a slowpoke.

Keeping the Safari browser updated means access to the latest features and protection against new security threats.

How to update Safari in macOS Sonoma and Ventura

As mentioned earlier, the update for Safari is included with the overall macOS update.

  1. Go to Apple menu → System Settings.
  2. Click General in the sidebar → Pick Software Update.

    Go to General, select Software Update
  3. If you see an update available, click Update Now.

    Click on Update Now to Install latest macOS Sonoma beta

Further, you can toggle on options in Automatic updates to automatically download Safari updates.

Turn on Automatic Safari update on Mac

Depending on the options you chose, you might have to install the update and restart your Mac to use the latest version of Safari.

How to update the Safari browser in macOS Mojave or later

  1. Tap the Apple logo in the menu bar.
  2. Click System Preferences.

    Go to the Apple Menu, select System Preferences
  3. Select Software Update.

    Click on Software Update in Mac System Preferences
  4. Check for new updates. If available, click More info.

    Check for new updates on Mac
  5. If the update for Safari is available, check the box next to Safari and click Insall now.

    Check the box next to Safari to updtae it on Mac

How to update Safari on Mac running macOS High Sierra or earlier

Unlike macOS Mojave or later, you don’t get the option to update Safari separately. Hence, you’ll have to install the macOS update to get the latest version of Safari.

  1. Look for the App Store in the Dock, or search for it in Launchpad.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Check if there are any macOS updates.

    Check for macOS updates from App Store on Mac
  4. If available, select Update now to download it.
  5. Wait for the Mac to install it.
Q. What is the newest version of Safari for Mac?

The latest version of Safari for Mac is 14.0.3, and it’s available on macOS Big Sur.

Q. How do I update Safari for Windows?

You can’t. Although an older version of Safari for Windows is available for download, you cannot update it as Apple stopped developing the browser for Windows back in 2012.

Q. What is the latest version of Safari for Windows?

The latest version of Safari for Windows is version 5.1.7, which was released back in 2012. There has been no update since then. Many users claim that the best version of Safari for Windows is 5.0.

Q. Why is Safari not working on Mac?

Sometimes, the browser may not work properly if the latest update hasn’t been installed. See if the update is available. You can also try to Force Quit the Safari browser and relaunch it to check if it works.

There you have it. Wasn’t that easy? If you have any further queries, share them in the comments section below.

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  • Yash Anand

    I'm a die-hard Apple Fanboy who's keen and enthusiastic to learn and explore new things in the world of technology. Besides that, I’m currently an engineering student in the field of Electronics and telecommunications, thus love playing with electronic hardware. When not exploring the world of technology, I love learning about the universe/cosmos, time travel, different paradoxes, and so on.

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