How to Use Safari Extensions on Mac (2022)

Install Safari extensions to help you find coupons, block ads, proof your writing, and more!

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Safari extensions allow you to personalize your browsing experience to better serve your needs. You can add browser extensions that block ads or specific content on websites, help you find coupons and discounts, or save articles for later reading in customized reading lists. The options are nearly endless! Let's get started learning how to use Safari extensions on your Mac. 

Related: How to Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari on iPhone

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Customize your online experience by adding Safari extensions that allow you to find coupons, block ads, proof your writing, and more! 
  • Easily install and enable needed Safari extensions and disable add-ons you no longer need. 

How to Manage Safari Extensions on Mac

While the details of how you use a specific extension will depend on its functionality, the steps for installing, enabling, and disabling a Safari browser extension are universal. If you're unsure which Safari extension you'd like to install, a few popular and useful Safari add-ons include Honey (to help find coupons and save money), Grammarly (to proof emails and documents), and 1Password for Safari (to save your many website logins). For more great ideas, we've got an article on our very favorite Safari extensions. To learn more about how to customize your iPhone settings and browsing experience, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to install and enable Safari browser extensions: 

  1. Open Safari on your Mac.

    Open Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click Safari to view the drop-down menu.

    Click to open the Safari dropdown menu.
  3. Click Safari Extensions.

    Click on Safari Extensions…
  4. Browse the available Safari extensions on the App Store. If you want to download an extension for Safari, click Get.

    Click Get
  5. The extension may take several seconds to download. Once the download is complete, click Install

    There may be a short download; then click Install to install the Safari extension.
  6. Enter your Apple ID and password to confirm, then click Get. If you have Touch ID enabled, you might be prompted to use that instead.

    Enter your Apple ID and password to confirm, then click Get. If you have Touch ID enabled, you might be prompted to use that instead.
  7. Once the extension is installed, click Safari in the top-left menu and select Preferences

    Once the extension is installed, go into the Safari dropdown menu and click Preferences…
  8. Click Extensions.

    Click on Extensions.
  9. Check the box next to any extension you wish to enable.

    Check the box for any extensions that you wish to turn on.
  10. Click Turn On to confirm you want to enable the extension.

    Click Turn On to confirm.
  11. Go ahead and browse the internet using Safari. Active extensions will be displayed to the left of the URL bar, and you can click on them to use them.

    Go ahead and browse the internet using Safari. Active extensions will be displayed to the left of the URL bar, and you can click on them to use them.
  12. Under the Safari Extensions Preferences, click to uncheck the box at any time to disable an extension.

    Under the Safari Extensions Preferences, click to uncheck the checkbox at any time to turn an extension off.
  13. If you never want to use an extension again, you can also click Uninstall to remove it from Safari entirely.

    If you never want to use an extension again, click Uninstall to remove it from Safari entirely.

Now you know how to install, enable, and disable Safari browser extensions! 

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Devala Rees

Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on Quora.com.