Safari is the default browser for Macbook, and it is no surprise to see so many people getting attached to it. However, as time passes, the Mac starts to underperform, and avoiding such a scenario while still using Safari is going to be more or less impossible.
Some would suggest that getting another browser is the best solution. However, you might have a lot of information stored on Safari, such as bookmarks and browsing history. Not to mention that if there is something wrong with Safari, you are most likely to experience the same thing with another browser.
Understanding how to deal with Safari is an optimal option. If you are tired of your browser stuttering or not responding, here are some suggestions that should salvage the situation.
Suggestion #1 – Remove Useless Extensions
A number of people are not aware of how much of a hindrance too many extensions and add-ons can become. Sure, there is an argument to be made about the fact that Safari does not have as many extensions as Chrome or even other browsers.
Nevertheless, once you find something useful and think of it as a good addition, you will install it to at least try the extension out. And it just so happens that quite a few users forget about installing such extensions.
Look at how many extensions you have installed. Remove the ones that are not necessary. In fact, you should try deleting every single extension and see how it will improve the performance.
Suggestion #2 – Clean System Junk
System junk files like old backups and app plugins cause a lot of performance problems. You need to pay more attention to managing the system, and that includes removing junk data on a regular basis. It is a good piece of advice in general, not something that is limited to just the browser performance.
Suggestion #3 – Clear Browser Cache
Browser cache is also something that needs to be removed regularly. If you surf the internet a lot, you are bound to create quite a big cache, and keeping all that data on the browser requires extra resources, like memory. Freeing up these resources by clearing the cache ought to make significant improvements to the overall performance of Safari.
Suggestion #4 – Make Sure That Browser’s Version Is up to Date
While most Macbook applications, including Safari, update automatically, it might be worth checking whether you are actually running the latest version. Update frequency varies, but even a small patch can make a big difference.
Also, it is not just Safari updates that you need to keep closer tabs on. Any other app or the system itself should also be up to date.
Suggestion #5 – Minimize the Number of Open Tabs
Changing browsing habits is difficult, but not impossible. If you are one of those who like to keep tabs open even if they are idle, try to get rid of such a habit. Each browser tab consumes system resources, even if you are not using it. Thus, if there is no real need to keep more than just the main browser tab open, stick to the one that you are actually using.
Suggestion #6 – Scan for Potential Viruses
The concerns about cybersecurity continue to increase. New and aggressive forms of malware and viruses appear all the time, and a lot of this stuff just happens to reach computer systems via browsers.
You need to do more than just have a reliable antivirus. While that should be up and running in the background all the time, consider taking other precautions. Enabling the firewall is one of those measures.
Being more careful and avoiding shady links, even if they come from trustworthy sources, also helps. Lastly, if you still have room, get an ad blocker that would prevent you from potentially clicking on pop-ups that redirect you to malware-infected landing pages.
Suggestion #7 – Add New Hardware
Buying a new computer might be too expensive, but adding new hardware should not be. You can find good deals for RAM. However, the main focus should be on getting a solid-state drive, provided that your Macbook supports it. Getting an SSD will improve the performance of the Mac, and that includes Safari.
Suggestion #8 – Shut Down Background Applications
Resource-hungry applications in the background are taking memory and more that could be dedicated to the browser. Take a look at the Activity Monitor and see how you can free up resource usage. There ought to be some processes that you can simply close because you are not using the applications.
Suggestion #9 – Reinstall the OS
Reinstalling the operating system is considered as the final solution, but if there is no positive result from everything else you have tried, there is hardly any better option. Look at some tutorials online so that you know what you are doing. And remember that the process will wipe all the data, so back up the files you want to keep on the Macbook before proceeding.