10 Reasons To Make Safari Your Default Browser

The three main browsers for most Mac users are Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Safari should be your main browser for a variety of reasons. But you can also use the others when needed.

Comments: 13 Responses to “10 Reasons To Make Safari Your Default Browser”

    Lorenz Rychner
    1 month ago

    A reason for abandoning Safari: The way it shows activity from Safari on my other devices, sometimes five in total, confusing, not secure if I work with somebody on just the one issue on just the one device, and I find no way of stopping this “sharing”. I also cannot set a default for opening windows in private mode – the only two options I get in the Prefs for “Safari opens with” are “All Windows from last session” and All non-private windows from last session”. Safari 14.0, Catalina10.15.7.

    Lynda Farabee
    1 month ago

    My “favorites” are listed in bar just below address bar. How do I remove those? Since they replicate “favorites” on start page, I don’t see a need for them there, now.

    1 month ago

    Lynda: In Safari, Choose View, Hide Favorites Bar.

    nick
    4 weeks ago

    Gary, do you know why Safari does not allow video calls in Facebook Messenger? I’m a very occasional user of FB and the only reason I use it is for video calling a friend who only knows how to use Messenger video. I end up using Firefox for this. I’m asking this in case there might be a security risk using FB Messenger in a browser and maybe that’s the reason Safari does not support it.

    4 weeks ago

    Nick: I’d imagine this is related to extensions. Facebook probably needs to create a proper modern extension for Safari to enable this, and they simply haven’t. As far as using Facebook and “security” — well that’s a huge subject!

    Barnabas Kerekes
    4 weeks ago

    I could not receive “Supertitles” (close captions) with the Metropolitan Opera streaming telecasts. No problem on Firefox. I did not do anything in settings, options, whatever.

    Any clue, anyone?

    Mark
    4 weeks ago

    Chrome really eats memory. Do you have any idea how Safari compares?

    4 weeks ago

    Mark: You can compare yourself using Activity Monitor. But it would be hard to do unless both browsers were looking at exactly the same pages and you viewed a lot of different pages to test.

    Marj Green
    4 weeks ago

    I use 1Password in all 3 browsers. It’s too bad that 1Password X is not available on Safari.

    4 weeks ago

    Mark: what do you mean it isn’t available in Safari? It definitely is.

    Ian Leckie
    4 weeks ago

    Another excellent tutorial! I’ve always used Safari, but I’ve never really understood how to use iCloud tabs. You’ve explained it so clearly, and I’ve now set them up! Thanks so much! BTW, for my second “emergency” browser I use Opera…it works great for me. I’ve never liked FireFox for some reason, and I won’t use Chrome. That’s just me! Regards, Ian.

    Keith Christian
    3 weeks ago

    I would appreciate a future video on all the menu options in the Develop tab of the latest Safari browser. I’ve not had much luck finding the information on the web, especially lacking on the Apple Support pages. Thank you, Gary.

    3 weeks ago

    Keith: That’s a big topic, but not sure it is one I would cover. If you aren’t a web site developer, then you don’t really need these tools. If you are a web site developer, then you probably already know how to use them.

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