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
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.
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.
You can now remove the extension. In the extension information section, click the “Delete” 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.
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.
Enter your Mac username and password and click the “OK” button.
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.
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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