How to Force Quit Safari on Mac

Has Safari ever frozen on you, making it unresponsive? Unfortunately, this happens, and Mac’s native browser can occasionally make you lose your nerves. 

Fortunately, there is a way to end your suffering by force quiting Safari. In fact, there are more than one way to do it.

Hello, my name is Andreas, and I’m a Safari expert who loves troubleshooting issues and uncovering solutions. Throughout my time as a Mac and Safari user, I’ve found four solutions on how to force quit Safari on Mac. 

Let’s see what the solutions are. 

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Force Quit Safari on Mac

In this article, we will consider four ways to force quit Safari. Keep on reading!

Method 1: Force Quit Safari from the Apple Menu

If the Safari app is not responding, you can simply force quit it from the Apple menu. 

Step 1: Click on the “Apple” icon and then from the dropdown menu click on “Force Quit…”. In the pop up window, choose “Safari” and click “Force Quit” button.

Step 2: A window will appear. Click the “Force Quit button.

Method 2: Force Quit Safari from Force Quit Window Using a Keyboard Shortcut

If for some reason you can’t access the Apple menu and follow Method 1, then the following method should work instead. 

  • Press “Command” + “Option” + “Escape keys at the same time. 
  • The Force Quit Application” window will show up.
  • Select “Safari” from the listing and click the “Force Quit” button. 
  • A confirmation window will appear. Click the “Force Quit” button.

Method 3: Force Quit from the Activity Monitor

The activity monitor app can also help you end processes that are not responding.

Step 1: Press “Command” + “Space to open the spotlight search.

Step 2: Type “Activity Monitor” in the spotlight search bar. Then open the “Activity Monitor”.

Step 3: Choose the “Safari” browser from the list and click on the “X” icon at the top left corner to force quit Safari

Step 4: Click on the “Force Quit” button. 

Last Resort: Force Restart your Mac

If something goes wrong, and your Mac is frozen to death and become totally unresponsive, the only thing that will work is restarting your Mac.

Method: Press and hold “Control” + “Command” + “Power buttons at the same time. You can release the buttons once the Mac restarts. 

This is the last resort because you not only force quit Safari, but also any other running apps or services. Do this with caution though, because if you are in a middle of working on a project, force restarting Mac may cause data loss.

Should I Check for Updates If Safari is Not Working Properly?

In general, you should! Safari updates once you update your Mac, which frequently resolves issues with the web browser. 

If you are having problems with Safari, follow these steps: select the Apple icon, press about this Mac, and system updates. If you need updates, you’ll see them here together with update instructions.


There you go, a list of several methods that can help you force quit Safari. I personally prefer going straight to the activity monitor because it’s the most efficient way to quit an application.

So, which one works for you? Let me know in the comments.

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