Safari download not working? 10 troubleshooting tips and fixes you need to try

Xiaobai Software  2022-07-27 17: 55  read 167 views

Downloading files in Safari on Mac isn't always easy.Sometimes files seem to disappear after you download them, and other times they don't download at all.Confusingly, this can happen for a variety of reasons.However, the workarounds are simple.


In some cases, troubleshooting Safari download problems requires checking your Downloads folder.In other cases, it involves disabling any plugins that might be causing your problems.These are simple operations, so it shouldn't take you long to redownload.We'll show you everything you can try to fix when Safari won't download anything.

1. Check your default download folder


Safari will send every file you download to a folder on your Mac.Unsurprisingly, it uses Downloads as the default location.However, you can change this, maybe without even realizing it.

So you should check where Safari is sending your downloads and change accordingly if needed.need to be able to do this:

1. Click on the Safari browser (in your Mac's menu bar) and select Preferences.

2. Select the "General" tab.

3. Expand the drop-down box of the file download location.

4. Select Downloads (or whatever folder you want to use).

Of course, you can set the default download location to a folder other than Downloads.But make sure you remember what this alternate folder is.Otherwise, you may lose time searching for files that are not in obvious folders.

2. Check the "Open Safe File" box


Sometimes Safari's downloads don't seem to work because of the "Open Safe Files after Download" option, which you can find in Safari's General Preferences pane.

This option is turned on by default.It instructs Safari to automatically open all "safe" files after completing the download.By turning it off, you may be misled into thinking that Safari has stopped downloading properly because it stopped automatically opening your files.

However, you can easily turn it back on.You just need to do the following:

1. Click Safari (in the menu bar) and select Preferences.

2. Make sure you are on the "General" tab.

3. Check the small box next to Open "safe" files after download.

Safari will now open all "safe" files for you after downloading them.In case you're wondering, Apple defines certain file types, like images and PDFs, as "safe."

3. Check your network

It's worth noting that if you can't download in Safari, it's probably not a Safari problem.In fact, it could be that your Wi-Fi connection is too slow, or not working properly.In this case, you can take some steps.

First, make sure you're actually connected to a Wi-Fi network and that your Mac is close to the router.You usually suffer from slow downloads when you're farther away from the router, so moving closer can fix some issues.


Also, you can usually speed up your Wi-Fi by changing your router's channel.You can do this by entering your router's IP address into the address bar of your Safari browser and hitting the return key.Then you'll be taken to your router's settings page, where you can change the channel it uses.

Another trick you can try is to check if other devices are consuming your Wi-Fi bandwidth.This can slow down downloads, especially if there are many devices doing high-intensity work at the same time.If you can, try pausing video streaming, online gaming, and similar activities.

Likewise, if you're downloading a large file, you might just have to wait for it to finish downloading.

4. Change DNS server


Using a popular DNS (Domain Name System) service can improve Safari's chances of locating the file download server.Let's try ditching your ISP's DNS servers and using Google DNS instead.The method is this:

1. Select the Wi-Fi status icon on the Mac's menu bar, and select Network Preferences.

2. Make sure Wi-Fi is selected in the sidebar.Then, click Advanced.

3. Switch to the DNS tab.Then, delete any existing entries and insert the following:

Save your changes and try downloading the file again.For best results, flush your Mac's DNS cache before doing so.

5. Check for paused downloads


Start the download, then shut down your Mac during the download, you can pause it.This may be an obvious reason why you can't find the download in the Downloads folder: it hasn't actually finished downloading yet.

In this case you have to restart the download.You can do this by clicking the "Show Downloads" button at the top of the Safari window, which looks like an arrow pointing down.Then hit the restore button, which resembles the circular refresh arrow in most web browsers.

6. Try the download again

Sometimes files get corrupted or corrupted while you're downloading them.This may prevent the download from completing, or prevent you from opening the file after downloading.

In either case, you can try to simply redownload the file.It's a basic step, but it can work wonders.

7. Clear Safari's cache


An outdated browser cache can wreak havoc, cause all sorts of problems, and can prevent Safari from downloading files on your Mac.Check to see if removing it makes a difference:

1. Click Safari (in the menu bar) and select Preferences.

2. Switch to the "Advanced" tab.

3. Check the box next to Show the Develop menu in the menu bar.

4. Select "Develop" on the menu bar.

5. Click Clear Cache.

8. Check your Mac's security and privacy settings


Sometimes, Safari download problems happen because your Mac won't let you open apps from unrecognized developers.You can find this setting in the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences, and it restricts you from opening apps downloaded from the App Store by default.

Fortunately, you can open apps from unknown developers, provided you trust them.Here's what you should do:

1. Start the Finder.

2. Enter the name of the application you want to open in the search bar of the Finder.

3. Click This Mac to search the entire system.

4. Control-click the relevant application, and then click Open.

You can also change your settings so that you always open apps downloaded from outside the App Store.This requires the following work:

1. Launch System Preferences and open Security & Privacy.

2. Click the open lock icon and enter the administrator password or use Touch ID to authorize changes.

3. If you are not automatically taken there, select the "General" tab.

4. Under "Apps Allowed to Download", tap "App Store" and identify the developer.

Note that this option only allows apps from known developers, so if you download an app from an unknown developer, you will have to go through the above process.When your Mac blocks an unidentified app, you'll also see a prompt to open it in the Security & Privacy pane here.

9. Disable Safari extensions and plug-ins


Extensions and plug-ins sometimes interfere with the operation of web browsers.This includes downloads, so if you're having trouble downloading on Safari, you should try disabling any recently installed add-ons or plugins in the browser.

Here's what you should do:

1. Click Safari (on the menu bar) and select Preferences.

2. Select the Extensions tab.

3. Uncheck the extensions or plugins you want to disable.

Once you have disabled any suspicious extensions or plugins, you should try to complete the download again.If it works, you know that a disabled add-on is likely the cause of the problem.You should keep it disabled while downloading.

However, if you need it for other missions, remember to enable it while doing those missions.

10. Make sure you have enough free disk space


This may sound obvious, but you can't download a file that's larger than your available disk space.If you try to download a larger file, you'll see a warning: Safari can't download the file because there isn't enough free space on the disk.You can check your free disk space on your Mac by following these steps:

1. Select the Apple menu at the top left of the screen.

2. Click "About This Mac".

3. Finally, select the "Storage" tab.

You will see your total disk space and remaining free space.

Complete downloads more easily on Safari browser

Apple's Safari browser is a simpler alternative to Google's Chrome browser and uses less battery power on your Mac.As the tips and workarounds above show, it can sometimes run into issues, but thankfully, there are plenty of ways to fix your Safari download issues.

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