How to Uninstall Safari on Mac [Step-by-Step Guide]

Kelly Wu
Last updated: Mar 4, 2024

In this guide, you will discover whether you can delete Safari from your Mac and, if so, how to do it. As a bonus, we provide a handy tool, BuhoCleaner, to help you quickly clear caches in Safari on Mac.

Safari is an app built into your macOS. If you'd rather use a different browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, or if you're having problems with Safari, you might be wondering if you can remove it from your Mac and how to do that.

This post guide is here to help! It aims to answer your questions by providing you with a clear step-by-step guide on uninstalling and reinstalling Safari on your Mac.

Let's dive in.

How to Uninstall Safari on Mac [Step-by-Step Guide]

Can You Delete Safari from Your Mac?

The answer depends on your macOS version.

For macOS Big Sur and earlier, Safari is protected by Apple's SIP (System Integrity Protection), a security feature that protects essential system files. In these old versions, you could disable SIP to uninstall Safari. However, starting from macOS Monterey, even with SIP disabled, you're no longer allowed to uninstall Safari because doing so can damage your macOS.

Notes
  1. It's important to note that, even on older macOS versions where you can uninstall Safari, you can't completely remove it from your Mac.
  2. It's more advisable to address Safari's issues on Mac by clearing Safari cache or resetting Safari instead of opting to uninstall and reinstall it.

How to Uninstall Safari on Mac (Big Sur and Earlier)

If your Mac is running macOS Big Sur or earlier, follow these steps to delete Safari from your Mac.

Tip
To know which macOS your Mac is running, click the Apple menu and select About This Mac.

Step 1. Disable SIP

The initial crucial step in uninstalling Safari from your Mac is to disable the SIP in macOS Recovery Mode.

  1. Boot your Mac in macOS Recovery Mode.
  2. Click "Utilities" in the menu bar and select "Terminal".
  3. Once the Terminal is open, paste the command csrutil status to check if it shows "Enable".
  4. To disable SIP, paste the command csrutil disable and press Return.
    Disable SIP on Mac with Terminal
  5. Restart your Mac, and SIP will be successfully disabled.

Step 2. Delete Safari from Mac via Finder

Now that you have disabled SIP on your Mac, you can proceed to remove Safari using Finder. Here's how:

  1. Open Finder > Applications.

  2. Drag Safari's icon to the Trash.

  3. Click the Go menu in Finder and select Go to Folder.

  4. Paste the following file paths into the search box, one at a time, and press Return. Look for files associated with Safari and move them to the Trash.

    • /Users/YourName/Library/
    • /Users/YourName/Application Support/
    • /Users/YourName/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/
    • /Users/YourName/Library/Caches/
    • /Users/YourName/Library/ /Library/Preferences/
    • /Users/YourName/Library/Saved Application State/
    • /Users/YourName/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/
Delete Safari's Related Files on Mac
  1. Empty the Trash.
Note
Safari is an integral part of the macOS system; deleting files related to it might affect your macOS. If you're unsure about a file, please leave it untouched.

Step 3. Enable SIP

After making the necessary changes to your system, it's recommended to re-enable SIP to ensure your system is protected.

To do so:

  1. Boot your Mac into recovery mode again.
  2. Click the Utilities menu and select Terminal.
  3. Run the command csrutil enable in Terminal.
  4. Restart your Mac.
enable-sip-terminal-mac.png

How to Reinstall Safari Browser on Mac

If, at any point, you decide to get Safari back on your Mac, you can do so by reinstalling macOS in recovery mode.

Here's how:

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  1. Create a backup for your Mac using Time Machine.

  2. Start your Mac in recovery mode.

  3. Select "Disk Utility> Continue".

  4. Choose your Mac's internal drive and click the "Erase" button in the toolbar.

  5. Quit Disk Utility after erasing your disk and select the option to reinstall macOS.

    Reinstall macOS Big Sur
  6. Follow the on-screen installation instructions.

  7. Once the installation is complete, you can set up your Mac as new.

Bonus: How to Clear Safari Cache on Mac

You cannot completely remove Safari from your Mac, even on macOS Big Sur and earlier. When facing performance issues with Safari, the safest solution is to clear the Safari cache, which also helps free up space.

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Conclusion

When you've reached this point, you now know how to uninstall Safari from your Mac and even reinstall it if necessary. If your goal is to address Safari issues, consider resetting it or clearing caches, which might be sufficient.

Living in Chengdu, Kelly is an Apple technician focused on Mac, iPhone, and iOS repairs. Meanwhile, he's also a columnist at Dr.Buho, with a simple mission to help fix Apple things that are with software or hardware glitches.