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How To Reset Your Safari Web Browser

Safari Version 11

Safari Versions 9 & 10

Safari Versions 5-8


Safari 11

In the Safari menu, choose "Preferences..."

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Click the 'Privacy' button at the top of the new window that appears, and then click the "Manage Website Data" button. In the next dialog box, click Remove All. It will ask you if you are sure you want to remove all data stored by websites on your computer.

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Select "Remove Now" to clear data that could be used to track your browsing.

Next, you'll want to clear caches. To do so, you now have to enable Develop mode to clear Safari caches:

  • From your Safari menu bar, click Safari > Preferences, then select the Advanced tab.
  • Enable the checkbox to "Show Develop menu in menu bar".

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Now from the menu bar, click Develop > Empty Caches.

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Safari 9 & 10

Curiously, Apple has actually made this process a lot more difficult than it used to be. There are now three different areas inside Safari for removing certain information. To reset Safari, follow these steps:

In the Safari menu, choose "Preferences..."

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Click the 'Privacy' button at the top of the new window that appears, and then click the "Remove All Website Data" button. It will ask you if you are sure you want to remove all data stored by websites on your computer.

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Select "Remove Now" to clear data that could be used to track your browsing.

Next, you'll want to clear caches. To do so, you now have to enable Develop mode to clear Safari caches:

  • From your Safari menu bar, click Safari > Preferences, then select the Advanced tab.
  • Enable the checkbox to "Show Develop menu in menu bar".

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Now from the menu bar, click Develop > Empty Caches.

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Safari 5-8

In the Safari menu, choose “Reset Safari.” The browser will restart without bringing up the problematic site. It will, however, erase a lot of other historical saved data.

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