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How to Reset Safari

Posted: March 26, 2021

Safari is the preferred Web browser of many macOS and Windows users. Just like any other Web browser, it is also susceptible to all bug kinds and performance issues, which may end up hindering its performance and stability. Often, the best way to approach such an issue is to reset the Web browser to its factory settings, therefore removing any influences that may have impacted in a negative manner. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to reset Safari, then you can find it below:

Clearing the Safari Cache

The first thing to do is to clear the Safari cache, which stores all sorts of data about the websites you browser – cookies, cached images and scripts, etc. Launch the Safari Web browser, and then head to Safari -> Preferences -> Advanced. Check the 'Show Develop menu in menu bar' option and apply the changes. Now click on the new menu Develop -> Empty Caches, and wait for the task to complete.

You can perform the same task manually by deleting the contents of the following folders:

  • For macOS, delete the contents of ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari
  • For Windows, delete the contents of C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Safari\

We would advise you to skip manual deletion and handle the task via Safari's embedded features.

Clear Safari's History

Surprisingly, even your Web browser's history may end up causing unnecessary clutter, especially if it has not been purged in a long time. To clear the Safari history, go to History -> Clean History, and then choose what period of history you wish to delete.

Remove Safari Extensions

Non-verified extensions are one of the most common causes of problems with Web browsers. If you have loaded your Safari browser with a ton of extensions, then removing some of them is recommended. To do it, open Safari and go to Safari -> Preferences -> Safari Extensions. Select the extension you wish to remove and click uninstall.