How to Reset safari browser to factory default settings on macOS Catalina

Reset safari browser to factory default settings on macOS Catalina

Let’s start the reset Safari browser segment

Please take a backup of your “Bookmarks…” prior to resetting Safari.

  • Firstly, navigate to Go in Finder and select Go to Folder

Go to Folder

  • After that, type: ~/Library/Safari, inside the box and then press enter.
  • In addition, this will open the Safari folder and from here we need to look for bookmarks.plist, this file contains the backup of all your bookmarks.

bookmarks

  • However, you can either transfer these files to online storage or copy them to a flash drive as a backup of your bookmarks.
  • Now as we have taken the backup of our bookmarks therefore we can proceed to reset Safari web browser.

Method 1: From Safari Web Browser

In this method, we need to remove all the below-given options.

  • Installed extensions
  • Browsing data
  • Cookies
  • Saved logins and passwords
  • Auto-fill entries

Step 1: First of all remove “History…

  • Firstly, launch the Safari web browser and select Safari from the menu.

safari

  • After that, you need to click on “Clear History” and from the drop down select “all history” then click “Clear History“.

Step 2: Navigate to the Safari menu, choose “Preferences…”

  • Secondly, select Extensions, and uninstall all unwanted extensions or it’s better if you make the box empty by removing all extensions.

Reset safari browser

Step 3: Navigate to “Privacy…”

  • Thirdly, click on Manage website data, this will bring stored website tracking information. 

Reset safari browser

  • After that, we need to click on Remove All to remove the stored website information and click on Remove Now to confirm the action.

Reset safari browser

Step 4: Navigate to “Advanced…”

  • Fourthly, from the Advanced menu, we need to check the box i.e. “Show Develop menu in menu bar“.

Reset safari browser

  • Click on Develop from the top and select “Empty caches” to clear the cache from Safari web browser.

Reset safari browser

  • As a result, this will remove the temporary media files, like images and text files, that Safari saves from the visited sites.
  • These files help reduce internet-data usage and speed software installation on your macOS.

Step 5: Remove plug-ins from “Library…”

  • At last, navigate to Go in Finder and select Go to Folder and type: ~/Library, then press enter.

Reset safari browser

  • This will bring the above folder and you need to open “Internet Plug-ins
  • After that, select all the content of this folder and right click to “Move to Bin” or drag them to Bin.

Method 2: From Terminal

Step 1: Close all Open Applications

  • Firstly, navigate to Apple Icon Apple from Top Left Corner and then click on Force Quit.
  • After that Force Quit all the open applications except Finder.

Step 2: Open ~/Library

  • Secondly, click Go select Go to folder then Type: ~/Library and Hit Enter.
  • Look for Cookies, Cache and Safari. Select them all and Move to Bin.
  • Navigate to Folder Saved Application State.
  • Search for com.apple.Safari.savedState and Move to Bin.
  • After that, close all the open windows.

Step 3 : Open Terminal

  • In addition, to all the above three steps we need to use command line to make sure that our Safari is reset properly.
  • Therefore, we will go ahead and open Terminal to reset Safari on macOS.
  • After thatcopy all the commands given below and paste them together at once in Terminal.
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebFoundation.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginHost.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess.plist; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/PubSub/Database; \
rm -Rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Safari.savedState

In conclusion, these commands will fully wipe out all of your old Safari settings and make your Safari as on factory default settings.


Therefore, you need to restart your macOS and Open Safari again.
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