How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
Did you know that you can improve the Safari experience on your Mac by installing extensions? Browser extensions can help you personalize your web browser by adding various features made by third-party developers.
Most web browsers that are available today have support for extensions. Users have the option to install these extensions from their respective stores to access features like being able to block content on websites, grammar correction, VPN, and more. For Safari, you’ll be able to download the extensions from the Mac App Store.
The extensions you download from the App Store are disabled by default and you’ll need to enable them manually. In this article, we’ll guide you through the necessary steps to properly install Safari extensions on Mac.
How to Install Safari Browser Extensions on Mac
Installing browser extensions for Safari is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure on macOS. Just follow the steps below to get started.
- Open “Safari” on your Mac.
- Head over to Safari’s settings by clicking on “Safari” in the menu bar and choosing “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
- This will open a new settings window on your screen. Click on the “Extensions” tab as shown below.
- Here, you’ll be able to see all the installed extensions. Since you haven’t installed any, this window will be empty. Click on “More Extensions” to proceed further.
- This will open up the Mac App Store and take you to the Safari extensions page. Click on “Get” to download an extension from here.
- Next, click on “Install” as shown in the screenshot below.
- You’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID login details to confirm the installation. Once you’re done, click on “Get” to begin the installation.
- Now that you’ve installed the extension, you’ll need to enable it. To do this, head back to the “Extensions” section in Safari Preferences and check the box right next to the extension you just installed.
Now you know how to install and enable extensions in Safari on Mac.
Once you’ve enabled an extension, the icon for that particular extension will show up in the Safari toolbar.
It’s worth noting that you’ll get a warning when you enable an extension that’s known to slow down web browsing in Safari. You’ll also be notified if any of the extensions you installed is no longer supported. That being said, if you’re facing performance issues after enabling an extension, you can disable the Safari extension on your Mac or remove the extension from your Mac permanently.
Not all extensions that are available in the store are free, and there are several extensions that you may have to pay for. Although the Mac App Store is the safest and simplest way to install extensions, you can also install Safari extensions that you downloaded from elsewhere by unpacking the extension file.
Did you install some useful extensions from the Mac App Store in Safari for Mac? What’s your favorite Safari extension? Share your experiences, thoughts, tips, and recommendations in the comments!