The Safari Browser error ‘This webpage is using significant memory. Closing it may improve the responsiveness of your Mac’, which is generally due to overloading the RAM with heavy web pages and tabs.
A few of the easiest ways to fix this error are to force quit the Safari browser, clear the browser cache, remove useless extensions, and close the less valuable tabs.
Surfing the web is the new norm now, and I won’t be surprised if you open multiple tabs on your Safari browser. Since the adoption of the feature of multiple tabs, it’s easy to open multiple websites and look for relevant details in one go.
But as you open websites, you might see this message multiple times: ‘This webpage uses significant memory’. A sub-message usually follows this: closing this tab can help improves systems performance.
Safari browser is very efficient regarding resource allocation, but this management can go haywire when you open multiple tabs (I’m talking 10+ tabs). A message like this can alarm you, but how serious is this, and what do you do to fix it?
Safari can hold many tabs easily, even with 4GB of RAM. Still, if your workload is higher, you will start seeing performance issues to the point where the Safari browser cannot open normal websites such as Google, Facebook, Reddit, etc.
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Close Least Useful Tabs
Sometimes we can take all our power for granted, but power is not unlimited. You can’t just open 100 tabs in your Safari browser and expect it to run butter smoothly. I’m a person who keeps multiple tabs open and switches between them while working.
Hence, it’s a good idea to close all the irrelevant tabs when not in use. And in case you want them to visit later, you can always bookmark the links or put them into your reading list.
Force Quit Safari
Some web pages have buggy code, or I used to call spaghetti code. It is uncommon to have a website with a wrong code design, but it will use all your PC resources if it has. And as a result, Safari will throw you – the “This webpage is using significant memory. Closing it may improve the responsiveness of your Mac” message.
In this scenario, you can force quit the browser and rerun it. Any issues with jumbled-up code will get fixed immediately.
Here are the steps to force quit Safari on Mac:
- Click the Apple in the upper-left corner.
- Select Force Quit from the drop-down menu.
This will open the Force Quit Applications window.
- Select the Safari app from the list.
- Click the button.
Relaunch Safari to see if the problem is solved. If not, try restarting your Mac, as a simple restart can fix various issues, including this one.
Use a Content and Adblocker
In today’s online generation, most websites are swamped with advertisements. These adverts use many of your PC resources, especially video advertisements.
Safari is good at blocking unnecessary junk code, such as tracking info and advertising info as such. But it’s not perfect, but other third-party extensions are good at blocking content to keep CPU usage at a minimum.
Here are the steps to install a content blocker:
- Open the Adblock website on the Safari browser.
- Download and Install the Adblock for Safari Mac extension.
- While installing, share all the relevant permissions, like webpage content and browser history.
Now Adblock will automatically block heavy resources using ads, so you won’t see any warning messages. If you do, we have more methods to fix it.
Plug-ins are just a special name for extensions Safari. They are a small teeny-tiny program your Safari browser uses to give you extra functionality.
But they can use much of your resources, so I advise all my friends to keep plugin installation to a bare minimum. Here are the steps to disable extensions:
- Launch the Safari browser on the computer.
- Navigate to Preference/Settings and switch to the Advanced settings tab.
- Enable the checkbox for Stop plug-ins to save power.
It will disable all your plugins utilizing the browser’s memory. Now check the Safari browser to verify if the websites will run smoothly.
Clear Browser Cache
Browser Cache is a temporary file and storage database in your browser that helps certain websites load faster and improve usability. But if you don’t clean your browser cache occasionally, it can slow down your browser and, in some cases, ruin your browsing experience.
Here are the steps to clear the browser cache:
- Launch the Safari browser on the computer.
- Navigate to Preference… and switch to the Advanced settings tab.
- Enable the checkmark for the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.
This will enable the new Develop tab in the menu bar.
- Click on the Develop menu, and choose the Empty caches option.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut + + to open the Empty cache window.
- Choose the Time period from the drop-down list.
- Hit the
After clearing the cache successfully, all your websites will function normally. However, you may need to sign in to accounts that you’ve recently visited and get cookies cleared.
Check for Mining Scripts
Some websites, especially mining websites, use CPU resources rapidly, and as a result, you might get these error messages. That is understandable if a website such as an online editor or tool shows you this message.
But if a typical website shows you the error message of using significant memory in Safari, it must use some Mining scripts. Check for the website sign some online mining detector tool; if it contains mining scripts, do not use the website.
Update Safari and macOS
macOS developers update the OS for better resource management, security, and performance. You must update your system if your device is relatively old and you’re using some old Mac OS version.
- Select System Preferences/Settings from the Apple menu.
- Open Software Update to automatically check for updates.
It will automatically check and let you know if any updates are available.
- Click on
to update OS.
You can click on More Info for further details about the software update.
RAM and CPU are the two main key factors of your PC performance. If you have to use a resource-hungry website for work purposes or your college research work for some reason, you need to upgrade the RAM of your Mac.
Upgrading the Mac PC’s CPU is impossible as they are soldered onto the logic board, and it’s pretty expensive to upgrade. But you can upgrade RAM to get better performance.
As you see, the severity of this problem is not so much, and with simple troubleshooting, you can fix this problem without any professional help.
Now, if you use the internet much more often and need to open multiple tabs (more than 10), this message will greet you many times. So it is a good idea to upgrade your RAM and other components to match your PC energy needs.
Let us know if these methods have helped you resolve the Safari error. We can help; please share any other troubleshooting that fixed your problem.
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