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YouTube won’t open in Safari browser on Mac

Users reported the issue of not being able to access YouTube on Mac using the default Safari browser. Below are the steps to fix YouTube not opening in Mac Safari browser issue.

YouTube does not open in Mac Safari browser

Generally, users have reported that YouTube stuck, takes forever to load and also shows blank blank page when trying to visit YouTube by typing youtube.com in Safari browser.

This Safari browser issue seems to be limited to the youtube.com website only. Apple’s Safari browser otherwise works fine and can access all other websites.

Although it is difficult to pinpoint a single reason for this issue, users reported that following the steps below fixed this issue.

1. Force Quit Safari Browser

Start by force quitting Safari browser and see that this helps to fix the problem.

1. Click the Apple logo in the top menu bar and choose Force Quit from the drop-down menu.

2. In the Force Quit Applications window, select Safari and click the Force Quit button.

Force quit Safari browser on Mac

Restart Safari browser and see if you can now access YouTube on your Mac using Safari browser.

2. Clear Safari browsing history

The problem could be due to an error page being stored in the browser cache.

1. Open the Safari browser > select the “Safari” tab in the top menu bar and click on the “Clear History…” option in the drop-down menu.

Safari browser option to clear history on Mac

2. In the popup that appears, click the arrow button next to Delete.

Clear Safari browsing history pop-up on Mac

3. Select the All History option and click the Clear History button.

Clear All Safari Browsing History Options on Mac

This will delete your entire Safari browsing history, including the cached error pages that could be causing this problem on your Mac.

3. Disable Safari Extensions

The problem could be due to a Safari browser extension becoming incompatible or preventing access to YouTube for some reason.

1. Open the Safari browser > select the Safari tab in the top menu bar and click Preferences from the drop-down menu.

Open Safari Preferences on Mac

2. On the Safari Preferences screen, select the Extensions tab and you will see all Safari extensions installed on your Mac.

Delete Safari Extensions on Mac

3. On the Extensions screen, you can turn off extensions by unchecking them. If you no longer want to use a particular extension, select the extension and click the Uninstall button.

After disabling all extensions, restart the Safari browser and see if you can now access YouTube.

4. Clear Safari cache on Mac

Sometimes the problem is due to expired or corrupted files in the browser cache.

1. Open the Safari browser > select the Safari tab in the top menu bar and click Preferences… from the drop-down menu.

Open Safari Preferences on Mac

2. On the next screen, click on the Advanced tab and select the Show development menu in menu bar option.

Show Develop menu in toolbar menu on Mac

This will enable the “Developer Menu” option in your Mac’s top menu bar.

3. Next, select the Develop tab from the top menu bar and click the Clear Caches option from the drop-down menu.

Clear Safari Web Cache on Mac

After clearing the Safari cache, restart the Safari browser and see if you can open YouTube.

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