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How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Why do you need to reset Safari?

Does Safari on your Mac run slowly, glitch, or crash often? If your Safari browser is running slow or if you are facing some other functional defect in your safari browser, you will need to reset the browser. Resetting it might fix it. Still, resetting Safari is not something you should do carelessly. Be ready that it’ll make significant changes to your browsing experience. Possibly, Apple removed the one-click Reset Safari menu option for that reason.

When you reset Safari on Mac, your browser:

1. Removes installed extensions
2. Deletes browsing history
3. Gets rid of cookies
4. Forgets saved login names and passwords
5. Scraps auto-fill data

While resetting Safari is a big step, it doesn’t totally remove all browser-related information. If your iCloud Keychain is on, you can easily retrieve Safari usernames and passwords. If you use iCloud Contacts, auto-fill data can be taken from there. Still, you’ll notice that there’s nothing on the History menu. So if you’ve left something in an online shopping cart, you will no longer find it there.

OK, if you’re ready to reset Safari, let’s see how to do that. I’ll start by showing you the step-by-step resetting guide. Then, we’ll head over to the faster, automatic way. Now that the Reset Safari button is gone. It takes several steps to achieve the same result.

Here’s how.

1. Launch Safari and click on the Safari menu.
2. Choose Clear History.
3. Select the All history option from the drop-down menu.
4. Last, press Clear History to confirm. Well done!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Clear the Safari cache

Browser cache temporarily saves website data such as images, scripts, and other stuff to make your browsing faster when you revisit the same site.

To clear them out,

1. Choose Safari in the top menu.
2. Click Preferences.
3. Choose the Advanced tab.
4. Enable the 'Show Develop' menu in the menu bar.
5. Now, go to the Develop menu that just appeared.
6. Choose Empty Caches. Done!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

The manual method removes most of the browser junk. But if you want to delete all of it, there’s a faster way.

CleanMyMac X is a Mac cleaner notarized by Apple.

It helps you take full control of all your browser cleaning. No need to search all over your Mac yourself. CleanMyMac X removes caches, cookies, and browser history with just a few clicks. It has a free version so that you can try it out for free.

Here’s how to delete cache files with its help.

1. Open CleanMyMac X and go to the System Junk tab. Hit Scan.

When the analysis is over, you’ll see a total amount of data that can be removed safely.

2. Switch to the Review Details to see a full list of found items.

If you’d like to remove only Safari cache files and nothing else, deselect everything but Safari app Cache in the User Cache Files tab.

3. Click Clean to trash them for good. Great!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Remove unneeded extensions

Once you clear history and cache, let’s move forward and get rid of unneeded or suspicious extensions. Extensions are third-party add-ons that provide additional functionality to the browser. Still, they can make Safari slow, unresponsive, and cause other issues.

So here’s how to remove them.

In Safari,

1. Click on the Safari menu & > choose Preferences.

2. Click on the Extensions tab. From here, pick each extension in turn and press Uninstall.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

The final step of manual removal is to switch off and delete plug-ins.

1. In the Safari Preferences window, head over to the Websites tab.
2. Scroll down to the “plug-ins” section and switch off the plug-ins you have.

If you don’t have any plug-ins installed, nothing will show up here.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

To delete plug-ins completely, you need to manually trash them.

macOS keeps plug-ins in two places:

1.Your user Library folder.
2. Your Mac’s main system Library folder.

In both cases, plug-ins are stored in a folder called ‘Internet Plug-ins.’

To find it and delete plug-ins,

1. Click on the Go menu in the Finder and choose Go to Folder.
2. Let’s go to the user Library folder first.
3. Paste this location ''~/Library'' into the box and click Go.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

4. Click > on the Internet Plug-ins folder in the Library.
5. Drag the plug-ins that you want to delete to the Trash.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Now, repeat the previous steps, but navigate to the main system library ''/Library'' folder. Note, there is no tilde symbol this time. Open the Internet Plug-ins folder here and trash them. Good job!

If that all looks like a lot of work for you, there is an easier way to clean up and reset Safari.

How to reset Safari automatically

It comes especially in handy if you want to reset other browsers, like Chrome or Firefox as well. CleanMyMac X’s Privacy tool can help you quickly wipe off all the browser-related items, including cookies, history, saved passwords, and auto-fill information.

1. Just head over to the Privacy tab.
2. Click Scan to let the app find the Safari traces stored on your Mac.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Once done, check the box next to the Safari browser.

3. Finally, press Remove to delete all files at once. Cleaning your Mac has never been easier!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

To reset your Safari completely, use the Uninstaller tool of CleanMyMac X. The Uninstaller doesn’t support the removal of the system apps due to macOS restrictions. And Safari is one of them. For that reason, CleanMyMac X adds these apps to its Ignore List and makes them invisible in Uninstaller. You can’t remove them, but reset to the default state is possible. That’s what we need! First, make system apps visible.

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Here’s how.

1. Click on Preferences in the CleanMyMac X menu.
2. Go to the Ignore List.
3. Choose Uninstaller.
4. Deselect the ‘Ignore system applications’ checkbox. Done!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

1. Now, navigate to the Uninstaller tab.
2. Double-click the Safari icon to see the list of items it contains.
3. Check the box next to all categories, including Preferences, Supporting Files, Logs, and more.
4. Now, choose Reset from the drop-down menu that appears next to the Safari icon.
5. Finally, hit the Reset button to kickstart the process. Super simple!

How to reset Safari on Mac: full reset

Now, your Safari is clean and should be running smoothly. That's how to reset Safari on Mac. I’m really hoping that you found this article helpful. If you did, make sure you give it a share and comment below.

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