Safari icon in trashcan. Learn how to remove Safari on iOS and Mac.

How to remove Safari on Mac and iOS

If you own an Apple device, you will have Safari installed as the default browser. And as useful as Safari is, many users prefer to remove it and use other browsers instead.

If that includes you, follow this guide to remove Safari from your Mac and iOS device.

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Why delete Safari?
How to remove Safari on Mac
How to disable Safari on iPhone and iPad
Do more to protect your internet privacy

Why delete Safari?

As the default browser on all Apple devices, Safari is competent in terms of safety and speed. However, you may find yourself wanting to delete Safari for one of the following reasons:

If any of these reasons describe you, you may want to remove Safari and get a new web browser for your Apple computer/device. Just remember to use Safari to download the new browser first!

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How to remove Safari on Mac

To thoroughly uninstall Safari from your Mac, you should use CleanMyMac 3. This is because:

  • Dragging Safari into your Trash Can will not remove leftover files from your system.
  • Removing the application via command line will likely remove files that are integral to operating your mac, causing aspects of your system to malfunction.

Step 1: Download CleanMyMac3 from CleanMyMac3 is a free Mac cleaner that scans, optimizes, and maintains your Mac.

download cleanmymac3 to your mac

Step 2: Open the folder where you downloaded the .dmg file and double-click on the CleanMyMac3.dmg file to begin the app installation.

double click cleanmymac3

Step 3: Drag the CleanMyMac3 icon into the Applications folder.

drag-cleanmymacdrag the cleanmymac3 icon

Step 4: In your Applications folder, double-click on CleanMyMac 3 to launch the application.

double-click on cleanmymac3

Step 5: After CleanMyMac3 has been launched, return to your applications folder and drag the Safari icon into CleanMyMac3.

drag safari to cleanmymac3

Step 6: Select all files and click Remove.

click remove to delete safariAnd that’s it! Safari will be deleted from your Mac.

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How to disable Safari on iPhone and iPad

It is not possible to delete Safari, which is a core OS application, on iOS.

Instead, you can first erase your Safari data and then disable Safari on your iOS device.

How to erase your Safari data

Step 1: From your home screen, tap on Settings.

tap on iphone settings

Step 2: In the Settings menu, locate and tap on Safari.

tap on safari in settings

Step 3: In the Safari Settings menu, locate and tap on Clear History and Website Data.

tap on clear history and website data

Step 4: You will be asked to confirm the request. Tap on Clear History and Data.

clear history and data for safari

Your Safari history and data will be cleared now.

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How to disable Safari on your iOS device

Step 1: From your home screen, tap on Settings.

tap on iphone settings

Step 2: In the Settings menu, tap on General.

tap on general settings

Step 3: In the General Settings menu, locate and tap on Restrictions.

tap on iphone restrictions

Step 4: After entering your device’s passcode, you will see the list of all active restrictions on your phone. Locate Safari and toggle the switch off.

toggle iphone restrictions off

And that’s it! Safari will be disabled on your iOS device.

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Do more to protect your internet privacy

Wondering what else you can do to enhance your internet privacy? Here are some steps you can take.

  1. Use ExpressVPN. While “pausing” Google Web & App History prevents Google from collecting data about you, it doesn’t prevent your ISP from tracking what you’re doing online and potentially sharing it with corporations and governments. To hide your online activity from your ISP, use a VPN like ExpressVPN.
  2. Use Tor Browser. Tor hides your location and online activities from anybody doing network surveillance or traffic analysis, so your internet activity is difficult to trace back to you. It’s one of your best bets for maintaining anonymity online. To maximize the effectiveness of Tor, be sure to read these tips: Want Tor to really work?

Safe browsing, everyone!

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Want more help with de-cluttering your online life? Check out ExpressVPN’s guides on:

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