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How to Remove or Disable Safari Extensions on Mac



Safari user on Mac with extensions
Khamosh pathak

Safari extensions add extra functionality to the browser. They function like mini apps, and on the Mac they are installed and behave like apps. If you don̵

7;t want to use a Safari extension anymore, here’s how to remove it.

Mac users using Safari 12.0 or later (with macOS Mojave or later) will see extensions appear as apps. In fact, the older Safari extension file is no longer supported.

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Just like installing Safari extensions, removing them is also complicated. Safari extensions are downloaded as separate apps. This means that to remove an extension, you must remove the app that belongs to it (after disabling it first).

You can manage Safari extensions from the browser’s Preferences menu. Click the “Safari” button in the menu bar and select the “Preferences” button.

Select Preferences from the Safari menu

From here go to the “Extensions” tab. You will now see a list of extensions in the left sidebar. To disable an extension, click the check mark next to it.

Note: Some extensions have multiple sub-extensions, so you should turn them all off.

The extension will now disappear from the extension bar.

Go to the Extensions tab and uncheck Extension to disable

You can now remove the extension. In the extension information section, click the “Delete” button.

Click the Remove from extension button

You will now see a pop-up message indicating that the extension is part of the app and that you must delete the app itself to remove the extension. Click the “Show in Finder” button here.

Click View in Finder

This will open the Finder with the selected app. Right click on the app and choose the “Move to Trash” (or “Move to Trash”) button.

Click Move to Trash or Move to Trash

Enter your Mac username and password and click the “OK” button.

Click OK after entering your password

The extension will now be removed. If you see the pop-up message saying the app was not deleted because it was in use, you need to go back to Safari’s preferences menu and make sure the extension is disabled. Again, make sure all sub extensions are also disabled.

Safari extension cannot be removed before being disabled

After the extension has been removed (moved to the trash), you will see it disappear from the Safari extension bar and Safari preferences.


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