Why doesn't Safari load pages unless you're on them?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johnnnw, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    So Safari for me won't load a page unless I'm actually looking at that page while it loads.

    I can click a link like a youtube video and quickly switch away to read something else and it won't load unless I go back to it and am actually on that page.

    Anyone else have this?

    Doesn't happen for any other browser. It's especially annoying for youtube music playlists because I need to click that tab for each new song page load.
  2. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012

    I noticed that recently. That and I lose my cursor on some pages where when I swipe my fingers it moves through the sectors, I have to swipe onto the desktop and back to get the cursor up again.
  3. luisito macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2012
    Yes. Happens to me as well.

    Playlist are a pain because it doesn't automatically change to the next song (video) unless the page is active on my screen.

    Also, like "vpro" said, I lose the cursor when I have any youtube videos on full screen and swipe with 3 fingers to a different screen. In order to get the cursor back, I need to exit youtube from full screen.

    Based on my experience and use, there are 3 possible things that may cause this: Issues with Safari itself, Issues with apps on full screen, or Issues with youtube.

    I am new to mac so I don't know if this has been a persistent thing on previous iterations of the OS, a bug, or it may be the way it works.

    Would be nice to hear more about this.
  4. johnnnw thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    Really annoying because Safari works the best in the other aspects but I always have alot of tabs open so I'm switching as something else loads. I always need to go back for it to load and actually be looking at it.

    Makes listening to youtube playlists impossible
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Always have this problem.
    In fact Safari is creating a lot of problems for me, yet I love this little browser.
    Reading list animation lags like crazy, page doesnt load while Im on them, a RAM eater, etc etc
  6. Peter May macrumors newbie

    Peter May

    Aug 13, 2013
    I have to bump this!

    I don't get how so few people are annoyed by this. :/

    To me it's a big deal to open multiple tabs and have them ready and loaded at the same time. And as it was said before youtube playlists are also important.

    Isn't there a fix or something?
    I really like safari and I'd like to give it a chance but this is pretty frustrating.
  7. nobodyjustwalks macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    Why doesn't Safari load pages unless you're on them?

    Pretty sure (though I could be wrong) that it's Safari's energy saving feature. Only the that tab is being viewed is "active." Animations and videos that would normally auto-load will not do so unless you're actually on that tab. Also, in regards to waiting for a page to load, I'm fairly certain pages load, it's just that multimedia stuff remain inactive. But...this isn't 100% of the time as I've noticed that I have to stay on Chase.com, for example, in order for the page to finishing loading after logging into the website.

    Not a big deal for me personally. I appreciate the extra battery life I'm afforded. I can only view one tab at a time, and when I do switch tabs, the one I switch to loads quickly so it's a non issue for me. But I can see how it might bother some.

    Personally, I'd rather not have 20 active tabs using up CPU cycles and battery when I'm only viewing one tab at a time. I also don't use YouTube playlists.


    It's Safari's energy saving feature. ...I think.
  8. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    It does it to save energy.
  9. Peter May macrumors newbie

    Peter May

    Aug 13, 2013
    Is there a way to disable it?
    I'm using an iMac so power saving is pretty irrelevant to me.
    Only the CPU ease is pretty relevant but still I think they should let the user decide if they want this feature on.
  10. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Just use Chrome.
    It loads faster anyway. Safari works great once a website is fully rendered with scrolling and zooming, but it has a significant delay while rendering.

    i.e. doing a google image search takes a long time for Safari to display results which Chrome does in a fraction of the time. Chrome is just way faster at getting to display something, Safari is only a miniscule amount smoother once everything is rendered.
    Chrome also remembers zoom levels per site properly which means you won't have to constantly zoom different sizes to the right level.

    Safari is more energy efficient but that is its only main advantage. If you don't need that drop that crappy browsing experience.

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