Safari is a default web browser for all Apple devices. It is one of the most preferred choices among Mac users. It is known for its speed and is a user-friendly and privacy-oriented browser.
With some exquisite features like unified tabs and a URL bar, grouping of similar tabs using tab-groups, website tinting, and a built-in translator. Safari is ineffably capable of transforming your workplace. It is also considered one of the fastest web browsers.
The other best feature of the Safari browser is that it enables you to run the audios and videos in the browsers. You can play any videos in the browser without any laggings, and if you are a Safari user then you must have experienced it. Although it is rare but sometimes due to some unknown bug or human error, you might face difficulty in playing videos on Safari.
I have a personal experience to share with you, one of my cousins once faced difficulty playing videos on Safari as he came across a persistent unknown error while browsing a particular website. He reached out to me for a probable solution which has helped to fix the issue.
If you are also not able to play the videos in your Safari Browser then you can follow the following fixes. Also, make sure that you go through all the fixes unless the video playing feature is resolved.
Force Quit and Restart Safari
Force quitting and restarting can solve your videos not playing problem in Safari Browser and you might not require to proceed with the other fixes.
Here are the steps to force quit and restart the Safari browser:
- Click the Apple in the menubar.
- Select Force Quit from the drop-down menu.
It will open the Force Quit Applications window.
- Select the Safari app from the list.
- Click the button.
- Launch the Safari browser from Applications.
A lot of times restarting Safari will help you out if you have difficulty playing videos. But make sure that you have saved the required things from the tabs before closing it.
- Launch the Safari app on a mac computer.
- Select Safari from the menubar options.
- Choose the Preferences… option under the Safari menu.
- Switch to the Security tab within the Preferences popup window.
Similar options are available in browsers like Firefox and Chrome within their settings.
Check Browser Extensions
Browser extensions can also cause this problem by misbehaving or intentionally blocking the videos. If you haven’t checked your browser extensions yet, here is how you can do it:
Here are the steps to check conflicting browser extensions in Safari browser:
- Launch the Safari browser on your computer.
- Click on the Preferences option from the menu bar.
It will open the Preferences window.
- Switch to the Extensions tab.
It will list out all the extensions installed on the Safari browser.
- Deselect the checkbox located right next to the extension to turn it off.
- Turn off all the extensions and check for video playback.
If the problem is fixed, something was certainly wrong with extensions. Repeat the process and enable the extensions one by one to know for sure which extension is causing this problem.
Clear Browser Cache
Data collected in the form of cache can sometimes prevent videos from being played on Safari. Clearing the cache frees up some space for new videos to load and play.
Here are the steps to clear Safari browser cache storage:
- Launch the Apple Safari browser.
- Click on the Safari menu, and select the Preferences sub-menu.
- Switch to the Advanced tab.
- Enable the check box for the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
It will enable a new Develop menu in the Safari menu bar.
- Click on the Develop menu on the menu bar.
- Select Empty Caches from the drop-down menu.
It will clear and empty all the cache files stored within the Safari browser.
Sometimes heavy cache files can restrict your system from loading the videos and playing them. Also, clearing the Caches will not alter any of your data in the browser so you can do it without worrying.
Turn off Content Blocker
A content blocker is a feature on Safari that gives you the power to allow or ban specific content from loading on a website. It is meant to improve your browsing experience by blocking unnecessary content. Thus, it can also stop playing videos on Safari.
Here are the steps to turn off the content blockers within Safari Mac:
- Launch the Safari browser on Mac.
- Open the website you desire to turn off the content blocker.
- Click on the Safari menu, and choose Settings for Website… sub-menu.
It will display a pop-up box from the Address bar.
- Disable the checkbox for Enable Content Blockers option.
Disabling the content blocker will not do any harm to your browser, it is just a safety measure to protect your device from suspected irrelevant content or malicious files.
If you trust a reputed site where you watch videos, it’s safe to disable the content blockers option.
Bottom Line: Safari Video Not Playing
The fixes suggested here are one of the tried and tested measures that ensures fixing your problem of Safari not playing the problems without any adverse impact on your device. You can use these easy and safe steps to make your videos play in Safari.
That is how you can troubleshoot Safari if you are facing difficulty playing videos on it. My cousin was greatly helped, and I am sure that all the fixes suggested here must be significantly useful to you as well.
If you are facing a similar issue with the Safari browser not playing any media online, then these troubleshooting steps will help in rectifying the issue.
Let us know if you’ve tried other troubleshooting workaround that has helped in fixing the Safari video not playing issues. We would highly appreciate any constructive input from you.
F.A.Q: Safari unable to play video
We have listed a few of the most frequently asked questions related to Safari not playing video online.
Will my data get erased while clearing the cache to play the video in Safari?
No, you do not have to worry about the data of your system since it will be totally safe while clearing out the cache files.
Will the fixes be the same for Safari not playing videos on both Macbook and iPad?
Yes, you can use the same fixes in both MacBook and in your iPad.
Do I need to erase all the data on Safari to fix the video not playing issues?
No, you do not have to do that necessarily. Just deleting the cache or any of the above fixes will help without erasing your data.