Safari not working on Mac after update? 10 Ways to fix it!

Fix Safari not working on Mac after update

Quick solutions for Safari not working on Mac after the update:

  • Visit the System Status page to see if Apple’s servers are down.
  • Ensure your Mac is connected to the internet.
  • Ensure the servers of the website you are trying to access are not down.

With every new update, Apple adds more features to the Safari browser on Mac. Unfortunately, sometimes these updates may bring some unexpected guests, like bugs, that can affect the browser. So let’s look at the solutions to fix Safari not working on Mac after the update.

1. Reload the webpage

Since Safari is not loading webpages on Mac after the update, you can start fixing it by reloading the webpage you are trying to access or the one you are currently on. Since this will make the browser send and receive data again to load the page, eliminating any bugs preventing it from loading.

To reload: Press Cmd (⌘) + R.

Alternatively, click View from the menu bar and select Reload Page. If neither is working, ensure you have a stable internet connection and look at other fixes.

2. Force Quit Safari

If Safari is frozen or not loading, try to force quit the app and see if that helps.

Once done, reopen the app, and it will automatically continue from where you had left it. If you are sure that some website is preventing Safari from working on MacBook Air or other Mac models, you can prevent using it.

3. Check and Reset Network Settings

If some bugs have fiddled with the default settings, even that may stop Safari from working. To solve that, you can Reset the Network Settings on your Mac and see if you are still facing the issue.

4. Access using VPN 

Choosing the right VPN might help you solve Safari not working on Mac. At times, it might not be Safari but a particular website that’s causing issues. The website might be blocked in your region. So, we have created a detailed list of the best VPNs for Mac, and you can choose the one that suits your needs.

Mention the use of a private window

Interestingly, you can access some of the websites flawlessly when opened in a private window. To open a private window in Safari, use Cmd (⌘) + Shift + N.

5. Delete Safari History, Cache, and Cookies

Have you ever wished to erase some memories in life to start afresh? While it’s not entirely possible in life, you can clear cache, history, and cookies on Safari on Mac.

If that’s not all, you can further clear other unwanted files from Safari using Finder. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder → click Go option from the menu bar.
  2. Choose Go to Folder.

    Click on Go and Go to Folder in Finder
  3. Now enter/paste the following: ~/Library/Safari.

    Enter Library Safari code
  4. Now, delete the files History.db and LastSession.plist.

    Delete Safari History, Cache, and Cookies on Mac

You can clean up the corrupted Safari PLIST files and database with this. Don’t worry; these files will be regenerated by Safari eventually. Clearing these files will also remove what’s making Safari not work on Mac after the update.

6. Disable Safari Extensions

While you downloaded them to improve your browsing experience, some extensions might be why Safari is not working on Mac after the update.

  1. Launch Safari → click Safari in the menu bar → go to Settings.
  2. Click Extensions → disable extensions by unchecking them.
  3. To uninstall these extensions, press delete.

7. Check startup disk

The Disk Utility tool can scan for errors and then repair them, thus giving you a solution from Safari not responding on Mac.

  1. Open Disk Utility → select Macintosh HD.
  2. Hit First Aid.

    Click First Aid in Disk Utility on Mac
  3. Click Run → click Continue.

    Click Run First Aid on Mac
  4. Wait until the process finishes. You won’t be able to use the Mac in the meantime.
  5. Click Done once the process is completed.

Repeat the process 2-3 times and restart your Mac.

8. Delete Preference files 

As one can guess, Safari’s preference files contain information regarding all the settings and changes you have made in the browser. It might be why Safari is not working on Mac after the update. To solve that, you can simply clear it:

  1. Quit Safari if it’s running.
  2. Launch Finder.
  3. Hold the Option key and hit the Go menu.
  4. Choose Library.
    You can also use Shift + Command + L

    Click Go and Choose Library in Finder
  5. Navigate to Containers → Safari → Data → Library → Safari.
    Even if you see multiple Safari files, only one will have the proper path.

    Go to multiple Safari files on Mac
  6. Delete all the files that end with the following extensions:
    • db
    • db-shm
    • db-wal

      Delete Preference files on Mac

9. Flush your DNS cache on Mac

Sometimes, users may add multiple Domain Name Systems (DNS), and that might be why Safari is not working on Mac after the update. The solution is to clear the DNS cache and see if the issue is solved.

10. Login using Safe mode 

Ever heard of playing it safe? While it is close to impossible in life, it’s possible in macOS with Safe Mode. With this, you can save Safari from freezing.

Common fixes

Apart from these fixes, you can also try the below-mentioned solutions to fix Safari not opening on Mac after the update.

  • Restart Mac: With a quick Mac restart, you will be able to solve the issue for that: Click Apple logoRestart → click Restart again to confirm.
  • Update Mac: Check if there are any updates available for your Mac. If there is, quickly update your Mac, as it can eliminate the bugs that might be causing Safari not to work.
  • Contact Apple Support: If none of the solutions are helpful, the last resort is to contact Apple Support and see if they can help you look at the issue.


How do I uninstall and reinstall Safari on Mac?

Safari is a core system app bundled with macOS; hence, it cannot be uninstalled or reinstalled.

Can Safari become corrupted? 

If Safari is affected by some kind of browser virus, the same can also affect your Mac.

Happy browsing with Safari

With this tutorial, I hope these solutions could help you save Safari from not working on MacBook Air or other Macs after the update. If you still have any doubts or suggestions, do let me know in the comments.

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