How to Fix Safari Won’t Open Issue?

By Amanda | Posted to Home > Howto, on Octorber 8th, 2021

Summary:This post will explain why Safari won’t open on your Mac, and how to fix the Safari won't open issue with 8 proven methods. After reading, you can use these methods in this guide to make your Safari work again.

Safari won't open on Mac

"I am having trouble with Safari, when I click on it in the dock nothing happens, it doesn't bounce or open. I tried opening it in different ways but nothing works. It worked perfectly normal yesterday." - from reddit.com.

Have you been troubled with the same issue that the Safari fails to open, cannot launch, doesn’t respond after clicking? If so, you can keep reading this post to get out of the malfunctioned Safari to make it work again.

Part 1. Why Safari won’t open?

Safari is a web browser developed by Apple. It was first introduced to the Mac and then incorporated with iPad and iPhone as well. As the default browser, it brings you a blaze-fast experience on Mac when surfing the internet.

When Safari won’t open after you click the icon as usual, you will be confused. There must be something wrong that prevents the browser from taking the command and making a response. The reasons might be:

  1. Too much cache, downloads, and history logs
  2. Problematic extension or plugin
  3. An outdated version of Safari
  4. Older version of macOS

Part 2. 8 proven methods to fix Safari won’t open

It is hard to say what the exact culprit it is to make the Safari not working, But there are some effective troubleshooting tips to fix the Safari. You can utilize the methods one by one to make the Safari open again.

Method 1. Quit the Safari

The Safari may be already open, but you cannot recognize it if the Safari is stuck or frozen. And you cannot open the Safari when it is already open. In this case, you need to quit the program in the first place.

  • Press and hold the control key.
  • Click the Safari icon on the Dock and choose Quit from the menu.
  • Then click the Safari icon again to see whether it works.
Quit Safari on Mac

Method 2. Force quit the Safari

If you fail to quit the Safari from the dock, here comes to use force quit. It is designed to terminate a running program when it fails to quit in a normal way.

  • Use key combinations Option, Command, Escape or click Apple menu > Force Quit to open the window.
  • Then, find Safari from the list, and click Force Quit from the right bottom.
  • Now, you can open the Safri to check if force quit helps.
Force Quit Safari on Mac

Method 3. Clear browser data

Browser stores the data of the websites you have visited in order to load quickly for the next time. So does Safari. But too many caches will slow down, or even crash the browser. That may make the Safari won’t open. When Safari can’t launch, but the Safari menu appears, you can remove the browser data without hassle.

  • Click Safari on the dock, and click Safari in the top navigation, then choose Preferences > Privacy.
  • Click Manage Website Data, and chose Remove All on the new window, then click Remove Now when asked.
  • Back to the Safari menu, click Safari > Clear History.
  • Click the collapse button to show all period options, and choose clear all history, then click Clear History to erase the data.
  • Now, quit Safari and open it again.
clear Safari data

Method 4. Turn off extensions

Extensions add certain functions or features to your browser. But extensions may cause the Safari won’t open problem. Turn off all extensions to see whether the Safari gets back to normal. The prerequisite is you can see the Safari menu in the top navigation.

  • Click Safari on the dock, and click Safari in the top navigation, then choose Preferences > Extensions.
  • Deselect the checkboxes next to the extensions name.
  • Then, quit Safari and open it again
turn off Safari extensions

Method 5. Check for updates

You’d better update your Safari and macOS to the latest version. The outdated applications and old macOS may lead to incompatibility, then an application may work abnormally.

  • To update Safari: Click Apple menu > Apple Store, then choose Updates.
  • To update macOS: Click Apple menu > System Preferences > Software update, then it will automatically check for updates.

Method 6. Restart Mac

Most Mac users regard restarting the device as a remedy when something goes wrong with the Mac such as Mac is frozen, overheating, acts sluggish, etc. By restarting, it will close all programs and start fresh. It may bring the Safari to life.

restart Mac

Method 7. Try Safe Mode

The Safe Mode is a startup option on Mac. It can fix some OS-related problems, such as Mac computer runs very slowly, Mac won't turn on, applications crash, etc. Boot Mac into Safe Mode may solve the issue that Safari won’t open. And the ways to start Intel Mac and M1 Mac to Safe Mode are different.

boot Mac into Safe Mode

Method 8. Try another browser

If neither of the methods above works to fix the Safari, you can try other browsers like Chrome and Firefox. If it goes well with other browsers, then it may indicate a special problem with Safari.

For further steps, you can restore Mac from Timemachine, or reinstall macOS if you think such major interventions are worthy to repair a Safari. In addition, try to connect with Apple Support, they would be willing to help you.