How to Remove Extensions in Chrome, Firefox, Safari & Other Browsers on Mac
Browser is easily on the list of essentials on anyone’s computer. In fact, so much time is usually spent using a browser that Google has even decided to make an OS with a browser at its core — looking at Chrome OS here. And while the majority of people are still not willing to sacrifice the functionality of a full OS, expanding your browser’s capabilities does not sound like a bad idea. Thus, browser add-ons aka extensions exist.
Why Is It Important to Manage Add-ons?
Add-ons and extensions are applications that work within a given browser — like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. Much like the case with traditional applications, extensions require processing power to operate. They are initially launched upon browser startup (or at least read by the browser) which can affect its performance when too many are installed. This is especially true for global extensions that work across all websites and can affect all of the browser.
Disabling add-ons provides only partial solution. Disabled extensions will still increase browser startup time, but have lesser impact. Narrowing down the extensions to what you actually use is the optimal way to go about it. If you feel like your add-ons library could use a cleanup, here is what you got to do.
How to Remove Safari Extensions
- Select and open Safari browser
- Click on Safari in Mac menu bar and choose Preferences (or hold Command-,)
- Switch to the Extensions tab
- Uncheck the box next to the extension of your choice to disable it
- Select and click Uninstall to completely delete the extension from Safari
How to Remove Chrome Extensions
- Select and open Chrome browser
- Click on Customize and control Google Chrome menu in the top right
- Select More Tools and hit Extensions
- Uncheck the Enabled box to disable an extension (this will not delete the add-on from Chrome)
- Hit the Trash can icon to completely uninstall an extension from Chrome
Mozilla Firefox: How to Remove Extensions
- Select and open Firefox browser
- Click on Tools in the menu bar and choose Add-ons (or hold Shift-Command-A)
- Switch to the Extensions tab on the left
- Hit Disable or Remove depending on what you plan on doing with the extension
How to Remove Extensions from Opera
- Select and open Opera browser
- Click on View in the menu bar and choose Show Extensions (or hold Shift-Command-E)
- Hit Disable to turn off the add-on but keep it in your library
- Click on the X icon to delete the extension from Opera
How to Delete Internet Explorer Add-ons
If you are one of the people who need to use Windows alongside macOS, these step will guide you through the process on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer:
- Open Internet Explorer on your Mac
- Click the Gear icon to access Tools and select Manage add-ons
- Press All Add-ons under Show to reveal a full list of extensions
- Hit Disable to switch off an extension
- Click on Remove to uninstall the add-on from Internet Explorer
On a Final Note
Extension support has grown onto every popular browser. You can find pretty much anything your heart desires and add it onto your browser. Additional functionality is great and all, though you have to restrain yourself from getting carried away. Going overboard with extensions can have a negative effect on your browser’s speed. Get the best of both worlds by managing and staying on top of your add-ons. Keep the ones you use, uninstall the ones collecting dust, and disable inactive extensions you might find useful in the future.
If this sounds like too much work, simply bookmark this guide for the later in case you find your browser underperforming in the future.
- Erase Cache
- Uninstall Applications
- Manage Old Files
- Remove Duplicates