Safari browser is most popular browser among Mac users. It’s generally stable, and will work excellently in Apple computer. It’s not only stable, but also faster and energy efficient. This means that it will take just a handful of your computer resources while running its services, and ultimately prolonging your notebook’s battery life.
Sometimes due to number of reasons, your Safari browser may crash, hang, or redirect you to unwanted sites. In this case resetting your browser to its default setting is the best option to get rid of all these issues.
How to reset Safari Browser in Mac
Below method is no longer working jump to method 2
Old Method – Not working now Here, in this article we will guide you how to reset your safari browser. Resetting your browser means cleaning everything in your browser, including saved passwords, bookmarks, saved pages, browser history, cache, etc. However, Safari gives you the option not to reset the entire browser by allowing you to unchecked some options. The operation will take some few seconds, but will take more time especially if your browser had too much content stored in it. Launch your Safari browser as usual On the top left part of your browser, click “safari” to pull down its menu. Click on “Reset safari” option A dialog with a list of options then will pop up. Select the appropriate options. Depending on the reason for resetting your Safari browser, choose the relevant options. The operation cannot be reversed, hence confirm your selection before hitting the reset button. If your browser had a malware or browser hijacker, the best option is to select the entire list to reset everything. Click the reset button.
As the old method is not working now in Safari. Apple have removed the reset option, now you can just use the clear history, clear cache and clear all website data functionality to reset the safari. See below method 2 to reset safari browser.
Method 2 : Clear history and remove website data in Safari to reset it
1. Clear history in Safari
- Open Safari Menu. Click on the Clear history.
- Select the period or select all history and click on Clear History.
2. Clear website data to reset safari
- Click on Safari menu and select Preferences.
- In preferences click on Privacy Tab.
- Click on manage website data. In another opened window click on Remove All button.
To reset home page in Safari
open up the safari menu –> preferences -> General -> set homepage.
Reasons for resetting your Safari browser
If your browser has been infected with a browser hijacker, a reset operation will be necessary. Popular symptoms that a browser hijacker or adware is preset in your browser include uncalled for website redirects, change of homepage or search engine without your consent, advertising pop ups or banners that appear frequently while browsing and browser pop ups that recommend you to download software. Reset Safari Browser.
If you were using a public computer to browse for important or confidential information, a browser reset is necessary to clear all your history and cache. This is because the browser keeps information such as history, cookies and cache for the websites you accessed.
If your safari browser constantly hangs are becomes unresponsive from time to time. This could be as a result of a buggy plug-in or malware attack.
Q: Why Safari has removed the Reset option?
A: We didn’t found any official statement regarding this issue. But we believe that I think there is nothing special to resetting the browser now. And users can use clear history or website data as per their requirement.