Revert back from Safari 11

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by mrmister, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. mrmister macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    I want to revert back to Safari 10.1.2, because then it will support Safari icloud syncing with my pre-iOS 11 devices.

    I have tried reinstalling the full combo updater, and I couldn't get it to overwrite Safari. Do I need to do a full reinstall? Would that even work?
  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    What I've done in the past is to use "Pacifist" to extract and install system apps from the installer package.
    Pacifist has a trial mode which is all you'll need.
  3. Fishrrman, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017

    Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    The problem with trying to "revert to an earlier version of Safari" is that Safari is more than a "standalone app". It seems to have "tentacles" that reach into the bowels of the System itself.

    When you upgrade Safari from one version to a newer one, more than just the app itself gets updated.

    I've tried replacing a newer version of Safari with an older one, and it didn't run. I'm guessing that to MAKE it run, it would be necessary to hunt down and replace these other [older] files, as well. No easy job.

    In my case, I actually went back and re-installed the OS. After doing that, I was back at the earlier version of Safari. I just ignore all Safari "updates" now. Of course, that won't work forever...
  4. mrmister thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    When I ran the combo updater, it didn't actually reinstall Safari—it left it at 11.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    "When I ran the combo updater, it didn't actually reinstall Safari—it left it at 11."

    I think you need to reinstall the "complete" OS from "scratch" (not from a combo updater)...
  6. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    That's what i usually think... Any software which tangles components that uses other software required like IE on windows or Safari browser is too much entanglement, that is enough for me to say "The OS will break after I revert/uninstall it"

    Better to just to clean install of the OS..... That's what i did when i accidentally upgraded iTunes..I'd rather waste 20 or so minutes knowing it will be done right by installing an OS again clean, rather do the "quick fix" of reverting to something you have no idea of the outcome. Then be stuck in a situation u caused yourself as what works for one machine may not work for another based on any other issues or apps which could conflict.

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