Quick Tip: How To Delete – Reinstall Safari For Mac OS

Lately Opera for Mac OS X has been really draining my macbook’s battery thus I’ve decided to shift all my internet browsing activities to Safari. Unfortunately the setup process wasn’t smooth ’cause in the process of importing my bookmarks from an Opera bookmarks backup file, Safari started giving me lag, freeze and crashing issues.

I updated Safari to the latest developer version but that didn’t fix the problem at all as the crashing and freezing started within minutes.

Deleting Safari was the only option left and it is not so simple as dragging the app to the trash.

How To Delete / Uninstall Safari For Mac OS X

  1. Launch Terminal via Spotlight or Applications/Utilities folder
  2. Type in cd  /Applications/
  3. Enter your device password when prompted and then type in sudo rm -rf  Safari.app/
  4. Check the Applications folder and Safari should be gone.

How To ReInstall Safari For Mac OS X

  1. Download the Safari for Mac OS X installation file from Softpedia or Apple Developers Program. I went with the developer version as I felt the crashing issues was related to the public version. The Developer version is 9
  2. Simply run the installation and you’re good go.

So far so good, Safari is now working just fine on my macbook

H/T: How to Delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Photo Booth, and Other Default Mac OS X Apps

UPDATE December 6, 2019: As part of securing macOS, it seems Apple has locked down the ability to remove their core apps so this guide no longer works sadly. If you’d like to force it off your system, do please check out this recommendation.

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