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How to Uninstall Safari on Mac

Safari, despite its reliability, trails behind with less than 20% of internet users opting to use the web browser. If your preferred browser isn’t Safari, then you’re likely ready to part ways with the app. With the help of our guide, we’ll show you how to block and delete Safari files from your computer.


Before we start:


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Can you delete Safari from Mac completely

No, you can’t completely remove Safari from Mac, and it’s all thanks to your computer’s System Integrity Protection (SIP) in macOS. SIP is like the bouncer of your Mac files, making sure you can't just kick Safari out of the club.


It’s not all bad news, though. Even though you can't permanently delete default Mac apps like Safari, you can still uninstall and block the app. These actions can limit Safari's activity and allow you to regain more control over the browser.

Before uninstalling Safari  

By attempting to get rid of Safari on Mac, you’re likely going to delete a ton of potentially valuable information from your computer. That’s why we recommend you begin with a checklist to help you tick off all the essential information you need to note down before proceeding with uninstalling Safari.  

  1. Write down all important Passwords so you do not lose them later on.
  2. Check your saved Bookmarks and note down any you’ll want to enable on your preferred web browser.
  3. Check your Browsing history for any important web address you do not want to lose. You can copy them into your Mac notes for safekeeping.
  4. Note down any installed Extensions or third-party Apps that you might forget to redownload after you remove Safari from Mac.

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How to delete Safari from Mac

​​Still thinking about removing Safari from Mac? Maybe Safari keeps crashing or you suspect Safari viruses are affecting your Mac experience. You may just want to delete Safari to simply free up storage space or to switch up your browser. Whatever your reason, we've got you covered.


Together, we’ll explore four straightforward methods to help you bid farewell to Safari:

  1. Remove Safari on Mac with Terminal
  2. Block Safari
  3. Delete Safari via Finder
  4. Get rid of Safari leftovers

1. Remove Safari on Mac with Terminal  

Removing Safari from Mac isn’t a task that everyone with an Apple computer will want to do. This is due to the removal process requiring you to alter macOS files that are protected by Apple. Still want to proceed with getting rid of Safari? We recommend using Terminal but make sure you have admin rights before going any further.


Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to uninstall Safari with Terminal:

1.1. Open Terminal

To delete Safari using Terminal, you’ll first need to open Terminal on Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Restart your Mac, and immediately press and hold Cmd + R.
  2. In the Utilities menu, select Terminal.
To open Terminal, to delete safari you'll need to restart your Mac. When it powers on immediately press and hold Command and R keys. This will bring up a Utilities meun allowing you to select and open Terminal.
Restart your Mac and press Command +R to allow you to access Terminal

1.2. Turn off SIP

To uninstall any Apple-protected apps with Terminal, you may need to turn off System Integrity Protection first:

  1. To disable System Integrity Protection, enter csrutil disable, and hit Return.
  2. Restart your Mac.
  3. Upon start-up, log into the admin account.
Type in csrutil disable to turn off SIP

1.3. Delete Safari from Mac

Once you're familiar with launching Terminal and disabling SIP, to enter the correct command to delete Safari from your Mac:

  1. In the Terminal window, enter cd/Applications/ and hit the Return key.
  2. Enter sudo rm -rf and hit the Return key.
To delete Safari from Mac, using Terminal, first you'll need to enter cd/Applications/ into the Terminal window and press theReturn key.
Step 1. In the Terminal window enter cd/Applications
Next, you'll need to enter sudo rm -rf and press the Return key. This will allow you to delete Safari from Mac.
Step 2. Then enter sudo rm -rf and hit Return

1.4. Enable SIP

To re-enable System Integrity Protection, follow these steps:

  1. Type in csrutil enable and hit the Return key.
  2. Restart your Mac.
 To re-enable SIP, after uninstalling Safari from Mac, type in csrutil enable and hit the Return key. Then restart your Mac as normal.
Type in csrutil enable and hit the Return key

2. Block Safari

If you just want to block the web browser instead of deleting it, you can use your computer’s Screen Time function. This is a built-in macOS feature that allows you to control app usage.


Here’s how to block Safari using Screen Time:

  1. In the Apple menu, select System Settings.
  2. Select Screen Time, and click on App and Website Security.
  3. Click the Turn On App and Website Security button.
  4. Enable Content & Privacy Restrictions and select Apps.
  5. Uncheck the box next to Safari to block the app.
To block Safari on Mac, first you'll need to open System Settings and navigate to Screen Time.
Step 1. In System Settings click on Screen Time
 Click on Screen Time and then select App and Website Security to enable Mac's built-in Screen Time feature. This tool will help you block any nuisance or unwanted Apps.
Step 2. Click on App and Website Security to enable Screen Time
After enabling Screen Time, you'll then need to click on the Content & Privacy Restrictions tab. Make sure it's on to allow you to scroll the Allowed Apps list. Look for the app and untick it to block Safari.
Step 3. In the Content & Privacy Restrictions tab, select the Safari App to block it

3. Delete Safari via Finder

If you use macOS Sonoma or earlier, you can remove Safari from Mac manually with your computer’s Finder tool. Granted, it’s not the fastest way to part with the browser, but it gets the job done.


Here’s how to manually delete Safari on Mac with Finder:

  1. Go to your Dock and open Finder.
  2. Click on Go > Go to Folder.
  3. Insert the following directories into the search box and delete all files containing the word ‘Safari’ in their names:
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/Preferences
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/Caches
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/Saved Applications State
    • /Users/Your Name/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/
  4. Drag the Safari App into your Trash Bin.
  5. Right-click on your Bin and select Empty Bin.
To delete Safari via Finder, first open the Finder App that is located on your Mac's Dock. Then, in the top menu, click on Go > Go to Folder.
Step 1. In Finder, click on Go > Go to Folder
From there, you can use the search box and the directories listed in the steps to help you locate any unwanted Safari files. Look for files with the word Safari in them. Highlight and click Move to Bin.
Step 2. Copy in the paths and delete all files with Safari in their names
Next, you can go back into Finder and head to Applications. Look for Safari and drag it into your Trash Bin to get rid of safari on Mac.
Step 3. Drag the Safari App into your Trash
To delete Safari from Mac, all you need to do now is right-click on your Bin and select Empty Bin.
Step 4. Empty Bin to delete Safari on Mac

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4. Get rid of Safari leftovers

When it comes to removing Safari leftovers, it's not just about deleting your browsing history. Safari leftovers include cache, support files, and preferences. Below, we’ll guide you through different methods to thoroughly clean up your computer after removing Safari on Mac:

Clear Safari history

To delete browsing history on Safari, use these steps to guide you:

  1. Open Safari on your Mac.
  2. In the top menu, click on History.
  3. Select Clear History.
  4. Choose the desired time range and click Clear History.
To clear Safari browsing history you'll need to open the Safari App and click on History > Clear History.
Step 1. In Safari, click on History
You can then choose your preferred time range for your Mac to clear your Safari browsing history. When you've chosen your time range, click the Clear History button and wait a few moments for your Mac to optimize your device.
Step 2. Choose your desired time range and click Clear History

Clear Safari cache

There are two methods we recommend for deleting the accumulation of Safari cache. Let’s start with Finder:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the menu bar, click Go > Go to Folder.
  3. Enter the path ~/Library/Caches/ and press Go.
  4. Look for the Safari folder, right-click, and select Move to Bin.
  5. Right-click on Bin and select Empty Trash.
Method one of removing and clearing Safari cache is by using Finder. Open Finder from your Dock and click on Go > Go to Folder.
Step 1. In the Finder app click on Go > Go to Folder
In the search box enter the path  ~/Library/Caches and press go. This will help you locate the Safari cache files a little easier.
Step 2. Enter the path:  ~/Library/Caches and press Go
Locate your Safari folders and right-click on them. You can now select Move to Bin. Don't forget to empty your Bin afterwards to remove all traces of Safari cache files from your Mac computer.
Step 3. Look for the Safari Folder, right-click, and choose Move to Bin

As an alternative, you can leverage MacKeeper's Safe Cleanup tool for a convenient way to clear Safari cache. Follow these steps:

  1. Open MacKeeper.
  2. Select Safe Cleanup, and click Start Scan.
  3. Select the Logs, Cache, and Trash you want to delete and click Clean Junk Files.
The second method you can apply to clear Safari cache is by using a third-party app like MacKeeper. All you need to do is download and open MacKeeper and select the Safe Cleanup tool. Then click the Start Scan button.
Step 1. In the MacKeeper app, select Safe Cleanup and click the Start Scan button
After MacKeeper has finished your scan, you can review the Cache, Logs and Trash files it has found. Tick the files you want to remove and then click the Clean Junk Files button to quickly remove any Safari and app cache from your Apple MacBook.
Step 2. Select the Cache you want to delete and click Clean Junk Files.

Clear Safari preferences

To clear Safari preferences that, however, can influence how Safari behaves, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  3. In the box, enter the path: ~/Library/Preferences/.
  4. Locate and remove any files starting with
In Finder, navigate to the Go to Folder and enter the path ~/Library/Preferences/ into the search box. This shortcut will help you find any files relating to Safari preferences.
Step 1. In the search box, enter the path ~/Library/Preferences/
Locate the files starting with Highlight them and select Move to Bin to remove the Safari preference files off your Mac. Dont forget to empty your Bin afterwards to remove all traces from your computer to improve disk storage and optimization.
Step 2. Locate any files with and move them to Trash

Install a third-party app to remove Safari from your Mac

It can take five to 30 minutes to get rid of Safari on Mac manually, or any default app for that matter. If you have only a minute to spare, you may want to consider using a third-party app like Mac Keeper to help you remove Safari.


How to effortlessly delete any app using MacKeeper:

  1. Open MacKeeper.
  2. In the Smart Uninstaller tab, click Start Scan.
  3. Select the app you want to delete and click Remove Selected.
 To remove an app with the help of MacKeeper, open the app and select the Smart Uninstaller feature. Then click Start Scan, this will only take a few moments.
Step 1. In the MacKeeper app, select Smart Uninstaller and click Start Scan
Once MacKeeper has finished its scan of your computer, you can look through the list of Applications and tick the ones you'd like to delete. Once your chosen apps have been selected, click the Remove Selected button.
Step 2. After the scan, tick the app you want to uninstall and click Remove Selected.

Safari cleanup unleashed

So, removing Safari from Mac is no walk in the park, thanks to System Integrity Protection (SIP). But worry not, as our guide has your back, walking you through all the tricks. Whether you're into Terminal tech, prefer the manual Finder method, or want to rely on third-party apps, you're all set to take back control over Safari.


Speaking of third-party apps, MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller is a great tool to have in your arsenal. It's not your average uninstaller; it’s more like the superhero of cleanup. Simple, efficient, and a game-changer for your Mac. As you wave goodbye to Safari, MacKeeper steps in to optimize your entire Mac experience. 

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