Clean up Safari the right way — Uninstall it.
If you’ve ever dragged an application to the Trash in order to remove it from your Mac, you’ve been doing it wrong. Why is that? Well, the thing is that apps are more than just their application icon. When you drag an app to the Trash, you leave behind tons of leftover files which end up wasting space on your Mac. This goes for Safari application, as well. So, how are you supposed to completely remove Safari from your Mac?
By uninstalling it, of course!
Warning: Before we begin, you should know that by removing Safari, you may also be removing critical files that are necessary for Mac system processes and apps which rely on Safari to run correctly. By removing Safari browser via the steps in this guide, we are in no way responsible for what happens to your Mac when Safari is removed. We understand that you want the application gone, but we must make sure to warn you that it may affect your system and other apps on your Mac negatively, and we are in no way responsible. Just a warning!
Please also note that in OS X El Captian, you cannot remove Safari with CleanMyMac 3 and will run into this message: "Safari.app” couldn’t be removed because you don’t have permission to access it. In previous versions of OS X, the instructions below will work.
How to Uninstall Safari from Mac OS X Manually
Let’s start by saying (again) that you have to find all the extra files that come with Safari. We can’t just drag Safari to the Trash for two reasons: number one, it doesn’t get rid of all the little leftover files; number two, “‘Safari’ can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by OS X,” pops up when you try to delete it. So, let’s put this into perspective for a second. If you were to remove all the files for Safari manually, you’d have to remove all these types of files (note: look for Safari in the name of the file):
- Binaries, which are located in…
- Dock Icon, which is located in…
- Application Support Files, which are located in…
- Plugins, which are located in…
/Users/YourName/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/
- Caches, which are located in…
- Library, which is located in…
- Preferences, which are located in…
- Saved States, which are located in…
/Users/YourName/Library/Saved Application State/
- Crashes, which are located in…
So again, if you uninstall Safari, you need to remove all these kinds of files. Know that some files may not exist, for instance, is Safari has never crashed on you, it may have no crash files. Also, be sure to look for “Safari” in the file name in the folders mentioned above. Please be careful when deleting system files, you never know how it will affect your Mac if you remove the wrong ones (or the right ones for that matter!). However, there’s an easier way to remove all these files without searching for all the specifics, and that’s by using CleanMyMac 3 (it’s free to Download).
How to Uninstall Safari from Mac OS X with CleanMyMac 3
Uninstalling apps with CleanMyMac 3 is incredibly easy. It has an Uninstaller module that gets rid of all the little leftovers that ragging an app to the Trash misses. To uninstall Safari and all of its parts with CleanMyMac 3, follow these steps:
- Download and install CleanMyMac 3 (click here to download it).
- Launch the app and click on Uninstaller.
- Open your Applications folder in a Finder window.
- Drag Safari from the Finder window onto the CleanMyMac 3 application.
- Read the warning that pops up and then click Select.
- Click on Complete Uninstallation at the top.
- Click Uninstall button.
And Safari is gone! CleanMyMac 3 has been beautifully designed to clean out applications and a whole lot more with just a few clicks. It finds all the leftover pieces you’re likely to leave on your Mac when you delete the apps by dragging them to the Trash. It can clean up not just applications, but gigabytes of useless junk on your Mac. CleanMyMac 3 will save you tons of cleaning time and help you speed up your Mac.
So, why wait? Download CleanMyMac 3 and get cleaning!