Top 4 Ways to Fix Safari Crash Issue on Your Mac
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how to fix Safari crash on Mac

Experiencing random crashing when using Safari browser? Have no idea how to fix Safari crashes on your Mac? If your Safari browser crashes continually but randomly, try the following methods to help fix the problem.

Way 1: update to the latest version of Safari

Yes, sometimes you can simply update to the latest version of Safari (and OS X) to remedy periodic or random crashes, especially when the crashes or freezing up is caused by a known bug that has been fixed officially. Keeping updated is generally beneficial for your Mac performance and security. If you haven’t updated Safari for a long time, it is worth a try to install the update and see if it helps fix crashing.

  • To do so, go to the Apple menu on the top bar, click App Store from there, and head to the Updates pane to install the available versions of Safari and/or Mac OS X.

Earlier this January, Safari was found to crash due to a problem with “Suggestions” feature. When users try to tap the URL bar, Safari will quite unexpectedly. Subsequently Apple released patched versions of iOS and Mac OS to fix the issue.

Way 2: clear up Safari caches and/or history

Have already updated the Safari but problem persists? You may consider if it is caused by browser caches. Clearing up browser caches helps solve many issues like slow response or unexpected quit. Here’s how to ditch Safari caches manually.

  • Open Finder, and hit Command+Shift+G keys to open the Go to Folder box.
  • Input the following path and hit Enter key: ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari/
  • Move all Safari caches from there to the Trash, and then relaunch Safari to test.

Also you can try to clear the history and cookies by choosing the Clear History from Safari menu on the top bar. If this way is not OK for you, carry out the next method.

Way 3: disable 3rd party extensions & plugins

In many cases Safari crashing is due to 3rd party extensions or plug-ins. Many video or animation plugins (e.g. Adobe Flash Player) are responsible for slow response, freeing up or crashing of Safari . Now turn off all extensions and plugins to test.

  • To disable extensions, open the the Safari Preferences pane, click Extensions ta, and turn off active extensions one by one to figure out if any of them causes the problem.
  • To disable plugins, quite Safari, open Finder and hit Command+Shift+G keys.
  • Enter the following path and click on Go button: /Library/Internet Plug-ins/
  • Create a backup folder on the Desktop, and move the files in /Library/Internet Plug-ins/ folder to the backup folder to identify if any of them causes the problem.

After you find out the problematic extension or plugin that leads to Safari crashing, disable or remove it to keep your Safari work fine, and also you can continue to enable other well-behaved 3rd party extensions & plugins on Safari as you like.

Way 4: reset Safari to troubleshoot issues

Tried all the remedies provide above but to no avail? The last way you can try is to reset Safari. The resetting contents include all browser history, Top Sites list, location warnings and preferences, website notifications and warnings, website data, etc.

  • Open Safari, head to the Safari menu on the top bar and choose Reset Safari option.
  • In the Reset Safari window, keep every checkbox checked, and hit Reset button.
  • Quite Safari, and then relaunch it to make the reset take full effect.

If you have adjusted your Safari to best fit your need, resetting Safari will require you to modify it again to have a suitable browsing experience. Good luck with that.

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