Is it just me or does Safari suck.. really bad?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pogoyoyo, Feb 27, 2019.


Do you find Safari slow in Mojave?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. pogoyoyo macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    So I had a 2013 15" rMBP and it was starting to slow down, had a bad battery etc... bought a brand new 15" mbp core i9, vega 20.. all the bells and whistles... Safari still sucks... Overall super slow on facebook and reddit especially which makes up the majority of my web activity... Chrome is smooth as expected.

    Anyone else experience brutal performance with safari on the latest OS? Been like this since the release of Mojave..
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2018
    No? But then I don't use either Facebook or Reddit.

    I'd suggest perhaps installing a content blocker (I like 1Blocker but there are lots of good options) and see if that helps. Most "slow" pages are caused by ad/tracking Javascript.
  3. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    I don't find Safari super slow, but it's slower than Firefox or Vivaldi for me. I still use it though because of Apple Pay and the ability to share bookmarks etc.
  4. mkelly macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2007
    I'm afraid that it's possibly you - or at least something about your Safari configuration. I'm running a 2016 15" MacBook Pro and can't really notice a difference in speed between Firefox and Safari. I generally use Safari, then Firefox, and Chrome as an absolute last resort - in order of the least to worst impact on my laptop's battery life.

    I'm not sure what would cause your Safari to run so slowly, but if you aren't running an adblocker, I'd definitely give that a shot and see if it makes any difference. Maybe you're hitting an ad on one or more of those sites which is optimized for Chrome over other browsers. You may also want to check to see if you have any Safari extensions loaded that might be doing something odd.
  5. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Safari is fast for me. I don't use FB but do use Reddit some.
  6. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
    Only thing slow on Safari is YouTube, in my experience.
  7. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Safari is not slow for me although Chrome is faster. I don't use Facebook or Reddit.
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Try the following:

    1. Install a content blocker.
    2. Turn off Safari’s experiential features
  9. jagooch macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2009
    Denver, co
    It's fast for me the few times a week that I use it. I'd use it more if they made extensions easier to write and added user profiles like Chrome has.
  10. SDColorado Contributor


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    I haven't had any issues with Safari, but I do admit I switched to the Safari Technology Preview version because for some reasons I was having issues with the regular Safari becoming unresponsive under 10.14.4 beta 3
  11. Stephen.R macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2018
    Your computer has "user profiles". The reason Chrome re-implemented this concept separately is because Google wants you to consider "Chrome === My computer".
  12. Ruggy macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2017
    I've gone backwards and forwards over this issue a lot.
    I've had Safari very slow- meaning 10 seconds or more to load a page, and I'm convinced that it's Google that's the problem.
    If I block Google ads it does some sort of timeout and makes me wait.
    It doesn't do it with Chrome because Chrome is natively configured to use Google.
    Firefox seems to be ok for a while but for me, slows down after a while too.

    My advice is to clear out all history and cookies and choose another search engine by default- DuckDuckGo or if you really want Google searches, use Startpage on a fresh page which aggregates them.
    See if that helps because I've got a normal Safari experience since I did that and have no complaints about it at all.
  13. adrianlondon macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2013
    If it's any consolation, I switched from Safari to Firefox (not for performance reasons) and both Facebook and Reddit are slow on that, too. It's those websites and their trying to be clever with the mix of forums, posts, menus, adverts, "look at this!!" crap that they all try to load up and move around.
  14. Expobill, Mar 3, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2019

    Expobill Suspended


    May 30, 2018
    PC world rated the best browsers and safari was last
    Firefox is great, but stores too much web junk, 1gb per game i stream
    since I love Opera (Puccini wrote some of the best music ever) I use Opera as my browser, and happy!
  15. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    If you are going to use a 3rd party browser skip Chrome as it is a resource hog and huge privacy compromise. If I have to go 3rd party, I use Firefox because it has much improved speed over previous iterations and isn't made to sell out your privacy.
    That said, I have had zero issues with Safari on macOS. I do not use ad-blocker or any extensions although I do use a CSS style sheet to remove some clutter. Safari is standards compliant and works admirably in the Apple ecosystem.
  16. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I find the new Reddit site slow in every browser, but especially slow in Safari. Other sites are fine.
  17. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    Huh, a PC-centric publication doesn't like Safari. Shocker!
  18. Expobill Suspended


    May 30, 2018
    They kinda like macs now, the war is a over, i think?
  19. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    One of the two reasons I moved from Windows 7 to mac is because firefox and chrome had major memory leaks. Safari lets me open as many tabs as I want without affecting memory.
  20. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    Anyone got any suggestions for tracking blockers for Safari on Mac? I use Firefox and have a choice of Disconnect, Privacy Badger or DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials (my choice). My wife uses Safari and the only in-browser extension available seems to be Ghostery (which I've heard bad things about).
  21. Stephen.R macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2018
    I still like 1Blocker (paired with the iPhone version and it syncs settings) but there are plenty available for Mac.

    Search for “block” in the Mac App Store.
  22. allan.nyholm, Mar 13, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2019

    allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    @kiranmk2 There's still the availability of uBlock Origin for macOS Mojave and Safari (even the latest Technology Preview of Safari from a few days ago) - go here, and drag the downloaded(latest release) file over the Safari icon in the Dock and install - accept the popup following the first initial complaint from Safari and allow installation from the Extension Gallery and you're off. Safari will complain to no end(in Preferences) of course with it being the cause of slow downs whilst surfing the Web.

    The above is done a few minutes ago to test a solution to the issue of a content blocker for Safari. And while using the latest Technology Preview of Safari.

    Also - seeing that you mention all other tracker blockers than uBlock Origin I'm now uncertain if that meets your criteria. 1Blocker is one blocker I also use but it's a weird program for when whitelisting a website. The whitelisting only takes place when the is opened and not only when using the extension - in my experience. I'm quite pleased that uBlock Origin works.

    uBlock Origin is an ad-blocker but I guess also blocker for tracking around the web.

    And to OP - I have no issues with Safari - I have been back and forth with Firefox but it has many quirks that I can't unsee. Like the contextual menu - it's the worst; on a dark interface this is still white and the menu itself is a weird combo of blur and it appears that the menu seperators are too tall? - looks dreadful. The solution is to use shadowfox and use a dark theme all the time which is also tiresome. Shadowfox is to viewed here

    Firefox has generally been a bad citizen on macOS with their messed up interface. The browser itself is hella good and boasts many features over Safari. I like that about Firefox. In turn I like that Safari has the interface down as it obviously should have. The experience of surfing the Web is a pleasure on both browsers. Both equally speedy. I get where I need to go in time.
  23. Stephen.R macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2018
    #23 will open when you add a site to the whitelist because it rebuilds the content blocker data that safari uses.

    A “blocker” that runs just as javascript in an old-style safari extension is likely blocking stuff at the javascript layer, which is why it’s a) less efficient and b) allows the blocker script itself to see what urls you’re visiting, which somewhat defeats the purpose if your goal is to increase/protect your privacy from third parties.
  24. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    All terrible advice from me I guess. Thanks for being a good sport and not destroying my post despite the info given in same. And the explaination on 1Blocker is also appreciated.
  25. MLinneer macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    Sherman, TX
    I use Adguard for Safari available from the Mac App Store. It's open source, free, and comes from a company that has a good reputation. They make an extension for Chrome and Firefox too.

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