Reset Safari on macOS without opening

In this segment, we are going to show you how you can “Reset Safari on macOS without opening”

Let’s begin Reset Safari on macOS without opening

Note: Before Reset Safari, please check for any newly available macOS updated.

  • To check the macOS is running to the latest version on not.
  • You need to click in the apple icon from the top left corner and then click on the App Store.

Reset Safari macOS

  • After that, click on updates to check for any new updates available for your macOS.


Step 1: Close all Open Applications to Reset Safari

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

Step 2: Backup Safari Bookmarks

  • Secondly, navigate to Go and Select Go to folder Type: ~/Library. Then Hit Enter
  • After that, open the folder name Safari.
  • Then you will be able to find a file name Bookmarks.plist, this file contains the backup of all your bookmarks.
  • However, you can either back up this file to online storage or copy it to a flash drive.

Step 3: Open ~/Library

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

Step 4: Open Terminal

  • Besides, to all the above three steps we need to use the 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 that, copy all the commands given below and paste them together at once in Terminal.
 mv ~/Library/Safari ~/Desktop/Safari-`date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S`; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/PubSub/Database; \
 rm -Rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/

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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3 years ago

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3 years ago


I upgraded my OS to Catalina 10.15.3 and after that Safari is acting weird.
It will take longer time to open up . once i search for any website say Gmail .. then the content of the page is black or in bites and pieces.
I have tried all steps given in this link but its same as before

3 years ago

Gracias, me sirvió mucho este tutorial.
Después de la última actualización cuando cerraba Safari se cerraban todas mis sesiones.
Espero que muchas personas que no hablen inglés y tengan el mismo problema encuentren solución aquí.

2 years ago

Will this delete all my saved passwords?