Simple And Easy Troubleshooting Steps When Safari Not Responding

Safari is a web browser that comes inbuilt in Apple devices. This is a default application which is available in any Apple gadget. A Safari browser has plenty of features including the capability to alter the format of any articles. So, users of Apple devices prefer to use this browser instead of other browsers. Despite the fact this browser has so many unique features, even then you may encounter some issues while you use it. One such issue that you may face is Safari not responding. In the section that follows you will get the reasons for this error.

Why Safari Not Responding?

With the help of some points, you will get to know the various reasons on why does this issue occurs.

  • You can encounter this issue because of some plug-in or add-ons that are installed on your machine.
  • If somehow Safari program files get corrupt then also you can get this issue.
  • You can get Safari web content not responding issue if the proxy or firewall setting is not configured properly.
  • If you have too much temporary or cache files in the Safari browser then it can become unresponsive.

Solutions To Fix Safari Not Responding Issue In An Easy Way

This section will provide some solutions that will help you to resolve the problem from occurring further. In order to fix it, follow these points below.

Close Safari Browser And Launch It Again

This is the most simple solution if Safari not responding. In order to solve this problem simply close the application. Then after sometime again relaunch the program and check if the problem is still there or not. If it persists then perform the following steps.


  • Press the combination of ‘Command + Option + Escape keys’ to display the Force Quit menu.
  • Now, choose the ‘Safari’, after that select ‘Force Quit’.
  • Wait for few seconds to allow the Safari to close and then launch it once again and see if you can able to browse normally or not.

Kill Any Safari Processes

  • First, start the ‘Activity Monitor’. This you will find in ‘/Applications/Utilities’.
    Now, within the ‘CPU’ or ‘Memory’, locate all the red ‘Safari Web Content (Not Responding) processes.
  • Choose a process and tap on the ‘X’ button in the toolbar to kill them.
  • Repeat the above step to destroy all those non-responsive Safari processes.
  • After everything is over, quit the ‘Activity Monitor’.
  • Finally, restart the browser.

Remove Cache Memory And Browsing History

As cookies from various other sites get stored into the Safari folder, therefore these files can clog the cache memory of the browser and hence, it can not function properly. So, in order to rectify this problem, the only solution is to clear the cache memory and the history of the browser. Follow the steps below to remove any clutter from the Safari browser.


  • First, launch Safari browser to locate the menu and select the option ‘Clear History’.
  • Choose the correct timeline from where you want to remove all the temporary data within the ‘Clear’ menu. Most of the time it is very effective to choose ‘All history’ instead of ‘Clear History’ option, as this option will clear everything.

Deactivate Any Safari Extensions Or Plug-Ins

Safari extensions are small programs that help to increase the functionality of the browser to a certain extent so that a user can get complete benefits from it. But these small programs are prone to crash or create problems within the browser, therefore making it unstable. So, the best way to resolve the issue is to disable the plug-ins when Safari not responding.

  • First, open the Safari browser, then drag down the menu of the browser and go to ‘Preferences’
  • After that, open the tab ‘Security’ and deselect both the options ‘Allow Plug-ins’, ‘Allow WebGL’.
  • Now, exit from the Security preferences and close the Safari browser.
  • At last, launch the Safari once again.

Update The Safari Browser And System Software

You can get this issue even if your Safari browser is not up-to-date or is corrupt due to some reasons. So, it is necessary to check whether you have the latest version of the browser. Do the following steps in order to update the browser.

  • In your system, at first go to the Apple menu, then select ‘App Store.
  • In the ‘App Store’, go to the tab ‘Updates’ and find if there are any Safari updates available or not. If any update is available then install them.

Sometimes it is good to update the overall system software of your Mac, so that all the bugs, corrupt files or softwares get fixed.  

Final Note

If you follow all the points in the above section then it is possible for you to solve the complications if Safari not responding. Even after following the above points, if you cannot solve this issue then keep following our posts for further reference.

Nathaniel Villa
Nathaniel Villa