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Force Quit the Safari app on the Mac

Do you need to 'Force Quit' the Safari browser or any application on your Mac? Learn how to reopen unresponsive applications.

A Mac might get hung due to limited resources, or the browser might need to respond slowly. In such a case, the best you can do is force-quit your Safari app.

There are several ways to force quit; you can use the Force Quit Application window, the system’s Activity Monitor, or Force Restart the system itself.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to Force Quit the Safari app running on the Mac.

Method 1: Use the Force Quit Applications window

If it’s not responding or working, we can use the Force Quit Applications feature in macOS to exit the Safari app. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Click on Apple apple logo for a quick menu.
  2. Select the Force Quit option from the list.
    Force Quit menu under Apple menubarIt will open the Force Quit Applications window.
  3. Select the Safari app within the window list.
    Force Quit Applications window with Safari app on Mac
  4. Hit on the Force Quit command.
    It will force quit the Safari app running on your computer.

You can also your the macOS keyboard shortcut, CmdOption + Esc to launch the Force Quit Applications window.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the app in the dock and hold the Options key to select Force Quit command.

Force Quit Apps from the Docker in Mac

Method 2: Kill Process with Activity Monitor

The activity monitor is similar to the task manager in Windows. This app can help monitor the resource usage of your Mac and can also help to kill or quit any app that is not responding.

Here are the steps to quit using Activity Monitor:

  1. Press Cmd + Space keys to open the spotlight search.
  2. Type in ‘Activity Monitor’ in the spotlight search bar.
    Activity Monitor in Spotlight Search on Mac
  3. Open Activity Monitor from the results.
  4. Select the Safari from the list of Activity Monitor.
    Quit Safari app in Activity Monitor on Mac
  5. Click on the X mark to close the app.

Similarly, you can also force quit any application from the Activity Monitor.

Method 3: Force Restart the Mac

You can hold the Control + Power key to forcefully turn off your Mac and resume starting it up usually.

Bottom Line

If you’re facing the apps freezing frequently, you should consider updating your Safari browser or resetting it to restore it to the normal working state.

If you’re an iPhone user with Safari being your primary browser, you can consider the resetting Safari on iPhone to eliminate any unknown issues.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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