How to Reset Safari on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you experiencing issues with Safari on your Mac? Sometimes, resetting the browser can help resolve various problems such as slow performance, frequent crashes, or unusual behavior. In this article, we will guide you through the process of resetting Safari on your Mac, step by step.

Before you begin

Before proceeding with the reset process, it’s important to note that resetting Safari will remove your browsing history, website data, cookies, and other settings. However, it won’t delete your bookmarks or saved passwords. If you want to keep any important data or settings, make sure to back them up before proceeding.

Step 1: Open Safari Preferences

To start the reset process, open Safari and click on the “Safari” menu in the top menu bar. From the dropdown menu, select “Preferences”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + ,.

Step 2: Access the Reset options

In the Preferences window that opens up, click on the “Privacy” tab located at the top of the window. Then click on the “Manage Website Data..” button.


If you are using an older version of Safari (prior to version 11), you will find a different tab labeled “Security” instead of “Privacy”. In that case, click on the “Remove All Website Data” button.

Step 3: Confirm Resetting Safari

A new window will appear displaying all stored website data. To reset Safari completely, click on “Remove All”.

If you prefer to remove data selectively for specific websites only, review and select individual entries instead. Once you have made your selection, click on “Remove Now” to proceed.

Step 4: Reset Safari settings

After removing the website data, go back to the Preferences window. This time, click on the “General” tab.

Here, you will find a section labeled “Safari opens with:”. Choose your preferred option from the dropdown menu.


If you want Safari to open with a specific web page or set of web pages, select “A new window” or “All windows from last session” respectively.

Step 5: Clear History

To clear your browsing history as part of the reset process, click on the “History” tab located at the top of the Preferences window. Then click on “Clear History”. In the popup window that appears, choose your desired timeframe and click on “Clear History”.

Step 6: Restart Safari

Once you have completed all the previous steps, close the Preferences window. To apply the changes and restart Safari, quit and reopen it.


You have successfully reset Safari on your Mac. The browser is now refreshed and ready to use without any lingering issues or troublesome behavior.

Remember that resetting Safari will remove certain data and settings permanently. If you encounter any issues after resetting or need to restore some of your old data, refer to your backup or consider reaching out for additional support.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in resolving any problems you were experiencing with Safari. Happy browsing!

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