Safari is the default browser on Mac and sometimes it can get stuck or become painfully slow. You will find below the steps to fix the problem of Safari browser stuck on Mac.
Safari Browser Stuck on Mac
In a typical case, you are able to launch the Safari browser on Mac and the browser also open the requested webpage.
However, the Safari browser gets stuck after opening the webpage and prevents you from clicking on links and scrolling up or down the webpage.
This problem can be caused by various issues, ranging from corrupted Safari cache, certain browser extensions to Safari Smart Field settings on your Mac.
1. Force Quit Safari
If you are able to use the mouse, you can Force Quite the unresponsive Safari browser by following the steps below.
1. Click on the Apple Menu icon located in top menu bar and click on Force Quit option in the drop-down menu.
2. In the pop up, make sure Safari is selected and click on the Force Quit button.
If you are unable to use your mouse, press Option + Command + Esc keys on the keyboard of your Mac and click on the Force Quit button (See above image).
2. Delete Adobe Site Data and Settings
If Adobe Flash Player is installed on your Mac, follow the steps below to delete Adobe Site Data and Settings.
1. Click on the Apple Logo in top menu bar and click on System Preferences.
2. On the System Preferences screen, click on Flash Player.
3. On the next screen, click on the Advanced tab and click on Delete All button.
4. On the next screen, select Delete All Site Data and Settings option and click on Delete Data button.
3. Clear Safari Browsing History
The Safari history file can get clogged and impact the performance of Safari browser.
1. Open Safari Browser > click on the Safari tab in top menu bar and click on Clear History…. option in the drop-down.
2. On the pop-up, select All History and click on Clear History button.
4. Safari Browser Cache
The problem of Safari browser getting stuck on Mac can be caused by corrupted Safari Cache files.
Hence, follow the steps below to first enable the Develop option on your Mac and clear Safari Cache using the Develop menu.
1. Open Safari browser > click on Safari > Preferences… in the drop-down menu.
2. On the next screen, click on the Advanced tab and select Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar option.
This will enable the Develop Menu in the top menu bar of your Mac, making it easy to clear Safari Cache.
3. Now, click on the Develop tab in top menu bar and click on Empty Caches in the drop-down menu.
5. Disable Safari Browser Extensions
Certain Safari Extensions can slow down Safari and make Safari browser stuck on Mac. Hence, disable Safari Extensions and see if this helps in fixing the problem.
1. Open Safari browser on your Mac
2. Next, click on the Develop tab in top-menu bar and click on Disable Extensions in the drop-down.
This will disable all the Safari Extensions on your Mac
After Disabling Safari Extensions, see if you are able to use the Safari Browser on your Mac without facing problems.
6. Remove Safari Extensions
If the problem of Safari browser getting stuck on Mac is due to a browser extension, you can follow the steps below to remove the problematic Safari extension on your Mac.
1. Open Safari Browser > click on Safari > Preferences… in the drop-down menu.
2. On the next screen, click on the Extensions tab and you will be able to view all the Safari Extensions installed on your Mac.
3. Select the Safari Extension that you want to remove and click on the Uninstall button (See above image).
4. On the confirmation pop-up, click on Uninstall to confirm.
5. In case required, you can repeat above steps to remove other Safari Extensions.
7. Change Safari Search Settings
Certain “Smart Field Search” settings can slow down Safari browser and cause the problem of Safari browser getting stuck on Mac.
1. Open Safari Browser > click on the Safari tab in top menu bar and click on Preferences in the drop-down menu.
2. On the next screen, click on the Search tab and disable all the Smart Search Field options by unchecking them.