How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac

Jun 26, 2021 - 3 Comments

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.

  1. Open “Safari” on your Mac.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  2. Head over to Safari’s settings by clicking on “Safari” in the menu bar and choosing “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  3. This will open a new settings window on your screen. Click on the “Extensions” tab as shown below.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  4. 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.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  5. 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.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  6. Next, click on “Install” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  7. 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.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac
  8. 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.

    How to Install Safari Extensions on Mac

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!


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. jon says:

    ” you can also install Safari extensions that you downloaded from elsewhere by unpacking the extension file.”

    How so?

  2. Bowman Marilyn says:

    I am doing Greek lessons online with duolingo and have encountered a problem. I’m hoping you can help.

    When I type in a Greek answer, it shows up very briefly then seems to vanish – This is very unsettling when you want to compare what you wrote with what is shown at the bottom of the page as the correct version – but in fact it is still there but in a very weak shadowy format.

    See eg: My answer is on the right, but is largely invisible

    But if I Select that, a slightly darker version of the answer shows up,

    But that is clumsy.

    Do you know of an Extension, or Setting in Safari that I can change, that will sharpen this image? I have wandered thru Safari Settings and Preferences to see if I can find anything, but no luck so far.
    cheers, marilyn

    • Paul says:

      I don’t think there is any Safari extension that would help this issue.

      That sounds like a bug with Duolingo, have you reached out to their support to report the issue?

      If you’re using a web browser to access Duolingo, one solution might be to try a different web browser , so if you’re using Safari you may try Chrome or Firefox for example. It may render their site differently.

      Another option would be to use the Duolingo app on an iPhone or iPad, which works quite well from my experience. That app is native and does not run in a browser.

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