As of , I'm using Opera. It uses all the goods of Chrome, but without significantly slowing down my Mac. I don't know what is behind, but you can use most of Chrome extensions if you install an Opera app that enables Chrome extensions. One downside is that it cannot run Chrome apps. Apps and extensions are different beasts I use all four browsers Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera , depending on its stability and so on.
But Opera is my main browser for now. Chrome still integrates in the other UNIX based OS - Linux - far better than ANY Apple products - at least Google supports all operating systems whereas Apple's products are more of the 'you will have to buy into my ecosystem or else'.
As a web developer, I also appreciate browsers that are supported cross platforms to be able to support all users of our web applications. Both IE and safari are limited here, the only options are Firefox and Chrome. Everything I read on this blames Chrome and the solution is to dump chrome which for safari of which is not privacy friendly, not that chrome is.
I know the problem has been introduced with the OS and Apple needs to fix what even it broke and I am very annoyed currently and have absolutely no desire to move everything from chrome to safari because Apple f'd up and because I do not like safari. For me there is no way around Chroma anyways because of syncing and because I'm using Google for basically everything. Like, I can't think of any situation where I'm on the computer doing anything different than Gaming on my Windows machine, where I'm not using one or more Google products.
And I'm doing web development and it's just sad to see Safari being called better here when developers hate it for lack of support of newer features. Haven't used Safari for anything but downloading Chrome though, so I can't tell whether it really performs differently.
I have a brand new macbook latest model with force touch and battery status says safari is consuming too much battery even with only one tab opened. Chrome is also on with 6 tabs On my old macbook I could not run chrome at all because it crashed and everything was so slow I hated it. I don't think chrome is the issue but its extensions I suggest you run from them. People confuse this battery tab all the time. You can't say Safari is using too much battery just because it's the only thing listed in the battery usage window. If you have one tab open on Safari of course it's going to be listed there that's what it's supposed to do.
That means your computer is working properly. The way to find out if Safari is using you battery is click on Safari in the battery tab and it should take you to Activity Monitor. Or you can just open Activity Monitor and click the Energy tab. This is where it will tell you how much battery you are using and what is using up the battery. If it's a low number don't worry about it. I found out having Chrome running on my MBP is interfering with battery charging. It is switching charging cycle from charging orange to charged green back and forward and percentage of battery is decreasing. After I close chrome everything goes back to normal.
So I deleted Chrome of mycomp and I'm not missing it so far. The reason is because I have a gmail account and bookmarks tied with Chrome. So, I don't have to tweak much just add the account in the MacBook Air and I get the best of both worlds. Also, I like to use two windows running at the same time. I run Chrome side by side with Safari. I know this is too much for the MacBook Air and that the MacBook Air should only be used for research, writing papers, college, and business.
Which I do happen to do. I like the MacBook for writing my short stories and novels because its light weight, but sometimes I like to have fun with it. So, I sometimes push the envelope. Just my two cents. Thanks for your time in reading my comment. What are your thoughts? It sounds like you are using Chrome and knowing that it's causing damage to your computer you are still using? Heating up your computer can cause wear and tear on your battery.
If Chrome is causing your fans to run constantly and you are only using it for steaming video and then you do work in Safari then just switch to Safari. It is not that much to do to sync bookmarks from browser to browser. My advice quit being lazy, switch to Safari and save your computer. I notoce too many times someone complaining about battery life too soon in their Macbook Air's lifecycle and the main browser they are using is Chrome.
Chrome does the same thing in Windows. The only person that I know that still uses it, is my 13 yr old nephew. Everyone else is on either Firefox or Safari. I agree with You. No problem with Chrome on my side - I prefer Waterfox, but Chrome is sometimes better. For me there is so big tensions between Apple and Google, that there is big chance that OS is doing something to keep people away of the Google products.
I go between the two, but mostly use Chrome. Because it's faster, especially with Google products such as Maps and street view. Plus some of the extensions are really nice, such as Keep and save to Inbox. Opening Youtube in Chrome is another worst battery drainer. No wonder if you loose the entire juice within an hour. I agree with pretty much all of what you're saying, but I find the lack of extension support in safari completely unacceptable in this day and age.
I make heavy use of lastpass, ublock origin, tab suspender so I don't have to give up my few hundred tabs, but they don't need to be resident in ram either , and sidewise so i can track all of my open tabs among quite a few others. Firefox could be a reasonable alternative, it has most of the plugins, however, it's support for multithreading, interprocess sandboxing, and overall speed at loading web pages is rather lacking when I last looked into the matter about 6 months ago. You do realize ublock is available for Safari and Mac has a free version of LastPass that is actually free and better called Keychain Access.
I switched from LastPass to Safari and it's way better. No need to pay for something that apple is giving away for free and that will sync across all your devices instantly. Lastpass was horrible on my iPhone. I always had to copy and paste my usernames and passwords. With iCloud ot works great on the iPhone in Safari and even autofills login fileds.
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I don't feel you have a leg to stand on when you complain about the lack of extensions in Safari when you only mentioned 3. Of those three Safari has solutions for all of those. Safari has uBlock and Lastpass extensions. As far as tab suspending goes you should be able to do that on your own. I don't see your extension usage going beyond what Safari has to offer.
Thank you for this informative article. I switched to Opera for many of the above reasons - love it! Fast and doesn't drain my machine. Also, I can use all the Chrome extensions I need. I will never use Safari, period. The reasons to use it outlined in this propagandist drivel are outright laughable. Only problem I have with Safari is for some reason don't know if it's my network or what, but it doesn't affect Chrome , often when clicking on a link it'll just "sit there". No indication that I've clicked, no progress. Sometimes it eventually goes through, sometimes I have to open a new tab to get it to work.
I'm also an unusual case in that I love Google's services but prefer macOS. I still vastly prefer Google Music to the unholy mess that is iTunes and the strange mish-mash of services it has with Apple Music and 'legacy' stuff like iTunes Match. Partly this is because I have an Android phone - iOS feels a bit like iTunes now, an ageing relic of the Noughties that hasn't kept up with the rest of the world.
Still having no weekend scheduling on "Do not Disturb" and no way to let specific apps bypass it is one of the real bugbears with me. Also if I want to do anything from my work desktop Windows , I'd have to go through iCloud, which still feels like a beta 5 years in with its missing features and slow interface. Want to type an iMessage from the work desktop? I actually have to run Teamviewer now binned after the recent hacking fiasco or some other remote desktop to a Mac Mini at home in order to do so. Basically I ended up using my iPhone as a Google phone, so went the whole way - but if you use Google stuff then you're going to want Chrome on the desktop ideally.
However it is a breath of fresh air after using Chrome for a while - it's the first time I've heard my fans slow down in a long time. I think I'll have to switch for sanity. I do wish it wasn't "all in Apple" vs "all in Google". It'd be a much nicer world if they'd play nice and stop trying to force people to use their entire ecosystems. So why did you by an Apple computer just to install Google on it? You could of saved a ton of money just getting a chromebook.
For example, RAW photo processing, which is not possible on a Chromebook in any reasonable way I know there are some early attempts to provide cloud-hosted processing, if you have the bandwidth to quickly upload your 32GB shoot. That said, I was more relaxed with money and more entrenched in Apple's stuff back in when I got the Macbook.
I've since hopped off the Apple cart and have a refurbished Thinkpad. I've been a google fan also since the invite party days. However, on my mbp it slow down my system, hog the memory and doesn't just work well. I switched to safari, the difference in speed and is very noticeable. Safari browser is faster while browsing the web.
I don't like the switch so far, as the safari does things its own way then I was used to chrome. So until then, safari will be on as the main browser. Safari was so slow I decided to try Chrome as an alternative. It works. I'm sure there's some reason why it was taking a minute or more to get into anything each time I opened Safari, but I don't know or care what it was, because switching to Chrome fixed everything. Do you guys and gals not hear well, read You're celebrating Mac for the trouble third-party applications -- several others were mentioned in comments -- have in integrating with it.
Sure, some of that is entirely on the third-party companies, but the common denominator is Mac. Windows was shunned for the same practices, albeit, understandably so. You can't deny that if this were flipped with any other company, you would not be championing it so. Please quit with the double standard that you feel being a Mac user affords you.
If Mac is great at anything, and it most certainly is, it's great at getting people to, at least momentarily, suspend their objectivity in it's favor. You can't blame Mac for Chrome when Chrome is obviously the one that is a hassle on your system. Just look at they way it's the only application to install a ton of files on your system including the hidden ones. If you're used to Windows then that is the issue not Mac. Windows file structre is horrendious hence the need to partition hard drives. Also you fail to mention Chrome only ships in bit for Mac.
So be biased all you want, but at least use facts. Mac Book Pro here; Capitan. Safari browser. Considering using Google Drive as a type of Portal for board of directors of nonprofit. But to print from Google docs, etc. I have downloaded the latest drivers for the printer; but no change in compatibility.
Any suggestions? I have a problem Firefox, Safari, Chrome - each has its own set of problems, things I don't like about them, et cetera. Right now it's the fact that Chrome runs relatively well on my machine, while on the other hand I don't find Safari to be all that awesome. Safari does its own thing differently from the other browsers, which is in keeping with Mac's and Apple's way, but I happen to also own a Windows PC and I have to work with Windows machines in my office I would prefer to work with either Chrome or Firefox as they are cross-platform; that way I might be able to sync my bookmarks across devices I can sort of do that with Firefox but it is probably the worst of the three.
It has quite a few features that I really like but it seems to be unstable and slow in Win. Chrome is alright but I could never get it to sync my bookmarks properly, and one day it even deleted a bunch of bookmarks I was trying to organize Now I'm trying to see if Safari will scratch my itch but I always find something that I think is really goofy about Safari that the other browsers don't do.
My latest complaint: Google Drive works atrociously in Safari For some bizarre reason, things become unclickable on a regular basis and it makes it impossible to work; I'll select one item in the browser window, and after that I can't seem to interact with the rest of the page in any way You have a windows machine and since you dislike the mac so much sell it and just use the Windows machine in your office.
It has Firefox and Chrome. No need to worry about Safari anymore since you hate it and you hate Apple's way. I've recently switched to Safari from Chrome and the speed plus smoothness is very clear on a Mac computer compared to a Windows computer. Safari works surprisingly faster than Chrome on a Mac! Is it me, but nobody is complaining about ads every millisecond. Adblock plus works great in Safari. My biggest complaint about Google is the Teriyaki on a toothpick, Jehovah Witness, in your face advertising instead of content. I'm on this page reading because I am reconsidering an ecosystem for a business platform.
Browsing gives me the same experience as shopping for a new car and a salesman. Adblock plus is not blocking ads. Search for another adblocker. To find out which one works the best browse a couple of the same pages that create popups while using different popup blockers to see which ones actually do block the ads. There was no reason for me to use Chrome on Mac. Safari suffices pretty well! When I attempted to upload a folder to google drive, it prompted me to use Chrome; a folder upload is possible only on Chrome. Create a folder in Drive then open the folder on your computer and select all the files then drag them to the folder in Drive.
You shouldn't have to download chrome for something that simple. I manage my multiple Google Drive accounts on Safari daily. I found this thread as it looks like you cant get advanced google analytics tools such as the page analytics extension, tag manager. Also facebook power editor is chrome only. I'm a college student and I'm looking at a MacBook Pro 13 or 15 in display. My school requires chrome, Firefox, silver light plug.
Will these work on my system? Thanks for this. I've noticed the performance and speed issues using Chrome against Safari. Recently switched back to Safari as too many issues slowing up my Macbook using Chrome making it almost unusable at times. I've used Chrome for years having switched from Firefox and liked it's clean, simple look. I miss some of the extensions I use everyday in Chrome.
Hopefully they will start to appear for Macs or I'll still need to revert to Chrome every now and then. I prefer to have everything in one place, working as intended not crashing my machine - yes even Macs can't cope every now and then and I've realised Chrome is probably the main culprit.
My guesses for the root cause of Chrome resource hunger on Mac is: I used Firefox for a while, until a few years ago I switched to chrome because of the reduced CPU usage.
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Then it broke, so I went back to Firefox, which is better in every way I know of. I'm not going back in the foreseeable future. Yes, it definitely makes your CPU work harder than usual I use an old macbook early with Lion on it and it automatically updated itself to the version And let me tell you it is a nightmare!
Long time Mac user and owner or nearly every Apple product down to the Watch..
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It's a refreshing thing after so many years of well iOS perfection to just play around with apps and settings and notifications coming from everywhere. I am currently using both my iPhone 5s and the Nexus and the transition is easy since I decided to stick with Gmail and platform agnostic apps like wanderlist, evernote, last pass and so on to minimize my platform dependance.
The Safari versus Chrome debate finds me in the Safari camp as a user, since I agree that Chrome has its own agenda and will never comply with Apple's philosophy. So I have a problem syncing my bookmarks but this is not really an issue, since after initial transfer, little change is happening most of my time is spent on apps. I have a lowly 6 year old Mac. I've been using Firefox for a long while for it's small memory footprint, but it just feels so alien on the Mac, the UI everything.
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I've been switching between Chrome and Safari off and on, and from my experience Safari is less resource hungry than Chrome and runs circles around Chrome on the Mac when it comes to performance. The only thing I'm am really missing are proper favicons in tabs I really want that visual cue, I can't remember all page titles to recognise them immediately… and any decent kind of bookmark synching with Android. But right now I'm back on Safari, it just supports all the OS X native technologies and is better integrated.
Chrome is certainly not as efficient as Safari but then again the same can be said for Edge or Internet Explorer on Windows. The native browser always has a benefit of being because of its close development with the OS. Try that on the same week hardware with Windows or OS X? Google actually requires most employee's to use Mac's so it boggles my mind how they tolerate Chrome on Mac's?
You would think they would fix the battery issues pronto. Most likely they don't see this as the big issue because most likely their facilities are filled with ample AC outlets to keep their Mac's on power supplies. I use Windows, Mac's and a Chromebox and for me the native browser works best on all three.
Of course you have no choice on a Chrome device. OK, so I've been told I need to buy my child a laptop for school so he can be taught to use Google Chrome. He needs voice to text technology due to his learning disability. My first thought was a Macbook, as all of our systems at home are i-based, but now you have me re-thinking….
What do you recommend? It doesn't have to be anything fancy, he's We have some funding to use, so money is not a factor either…. Safari is also the worst performing browser in terms of being compliant with modern HTML5 web standards. Google can not simply do things the 'apple' way because apple is lagging behind in their HTML5 adoption. No one is forcing you to install Chrome or to use it and last time I checked it was free So what is your actual point here? All I can take away from the article is that you are a very angry individual.
This is not journalism. I don't use Macs, and I use Chrome, but that's false. Saying Chrome isn't resource hungry on battery devices is crazy. Also, of course they don't have to install it. They choose to install it for convenience. Its not lazy journalling. I'm sorry you got offended because someone hurt your preferred browser. Totally agreed - Chrome is resource hungry.
My point is their is a reason for it. Apple has access to API's that chrome does not. Chrome is not installed on a mac by default. People choose to install it, people choose to use it, and their are other browsers available should the user require an alternative. So again whats the point of this article? Where's the journalism? You have expressed ten opinions - not ten fact's as to why people shouldn't use chrome. I opened the same tabs on safari and chrome youtube and netflix.
They took about the same time to load although chrome uses about x more CPU and 30x more energy. Is that supposed to happen? I am on a high end Mac Pro, so Chrome's excesses don't bother me. I only switched from Safari a few years ago because at the time, Chrome offered some cool extensions that Safari did not. Most of those are now available on Safari, but now that I am comfortable with my solid workflow on Chrome, they need to give me a reason to switch back.
Safari is better for mac. I grew up near that particular wonder, and I somehow doubt your Macbook is quite that loud. Still, Chrome can be a problem. These aren't bad counter-points, and I thank you for leaving them. Having said that, the speed one isn't true in my experience.
I'll admit I don't have numbers, though. Same, for the past month when i was opening serveral tabs on chrome my macbook would freeze and only way i could get my laptop functioning again would be to turn it off using the power button and switch it back on, after a month of this I just now deleted the app, it keep making my fans and start and heat up the device which has never happened in the year I've had it. I now use both safari more so than firefox. I had chrome open, and guess what?
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Chrome takes 42, Seems like an outlier to me! There's a difference, but it shouldn't be that much. Did you have the same tabs open in each?
On Safari, but thinking of switching back again. Better experience with Chrome especially when I'm a heavy Hootsuite user Hootlet. And I never seems to get Gmail on Safari to work - which makes everything harder when buttons and tabs stops responding. Anyone with same experience? I switched from Safari to Chrome a few years ago. At the time, Safari suffered of latency problems is it solved?
Never looked back on Safari but this article push me to test it again soon. I like Safari better but need Chrome for Amazon video because Safari only supports Silverlight for Amazon video as yet. No html5 so Chrome is by default my browser for that. I agree that Chrome is not so great for Mac's and its surprising given that Google mainly requires Mac's for employee's and I would think Chrome is used?
But I think the culprit in performance with Chrome is more due to plugins and specifically PepperFlash which is google's own version of Flash. Its really bad and many times lately crashes Chrome or freezes it. If you turn off Flash totally you will find Chrome behaves much better. But Safari definitely holds the advantage in saving on battery.
If you are using a Mac and need battery life Safari is the browser and second is Firefox. Chrome is really the worst choice. Thank you for the article, course I prefer Safari being on a mac and all but for a few things I was inclined to use Chrome.
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Thank you! I mean I've not really smashed it as I normally do with Chrome i. People can dis me, it's fine! I like the brutal feedback personally, makes me want to become a better communicator. I know this isn't Apple support but after very happily using Safari for a few days I've struck a brick call this morning. After a successful no quibble restart, the address bar has seized to operate as one. Happens when a new tab is opened, it freezes goes into shock and creation of new pref file by removing the current, clearing caches, clearing caches.
Again, no expecting a resolution as this isn't Apple support, just my 2p. Of course I'd be happy if someone has some tricks up their sleeves and would like to share. Disabling the search suggestions should fix it until Apple sorts out the problem. Well thank you for that.
Allowed to work with Firefox for a bit while I couldn't make Safari work. Point to add though, still better at NOT eating battery, Firefox that is. Not as much as Chrome I mean. Fan speed pretty calm and all. Not by a long shot. If you are looking for maximum battery life Safari should be your first choice. No surprise here given that they know the ins and outs of App Nap. One issue I do have with Safari is the use of extensions. They simply don't work as good as on other browsers. And if you have multiple extensions handling the same content e.
WOT and some security suite browser extension they usually interfere with each other making Safari rather sluggish. Firefox uses a website for preferences just like Chrome. Does that make both of them outcasts or is Apple lacking behind the trend? Safari "is supported" on all OS X versions but there are differences. Here is a funny story about that: Before Christmas I encountered an issue with a business web platform for productions and logistics which worked just fine on OS X So looks and versions can be deceiving. I really did prefer when Firefox had its own window for settings, but they've also decided it's easier to not maintain different GUIs.
CMD-Q holding combo in my opinion is one of the better features in Chrome since a lot of action is happening around the Q button: So once in a while hitting Q by mistake is a real possibility for me. Some of the features are not native since it is a multi platform browser. Safari isn't. Also I would suggest you looking for hify chrome extension which will greatly reduce the issue with video playback on youtube and keep your computer cool and nice, in the price of bit more bandwidth.
This article seems like 2 or 3 valid points stretched out for the clickbait-style headline which nobody argues that they work, but doesn't necessarily make it respectable journalism. Chrome does things its own way instead of the Mac way and it causes a lot of inefficiencies battery life, processing, etc. As far as I'm aware though I'm no expert , their apps make it more efficient than running purely on HTML, so if you're using google's web ecosystem on chrome Docs, Youtube, etc.
You're right, I was probably leaning a bit too much on ranting and not enough on evidence for this one. I'm learning from it, though it's a conflicting bit of feedback I'm getting because more people are reading this article than most. Still, my job is to be both entertaining and useful, and I can always do with some feedback, so thank you. I am in college and there are some web based programs we have to use for classes that do nof work properly in Safari. Those program's support have told the professors that we need to use chrome or sometimes even Firefox depending on the program.
It's too bad that Safari doesn't work well for you, or even Firefox. Lots of people feel stuck with Chrome, and I guess you're one of them. I agree with Dushan, this is ridiculous and sad that Makeuseof has fallen this far. It used to have real articles based on fact. I'm unsubscribing - there are enough reliable sources of information out there that I don't want to waste my reading time on hatchet jobs. I and over users I support use chrome without any of the made up isssues I'm reading of here. It's hard, because while I'm seeing complaints like this and sincerely want to learn from them, I'm also getting way more positive comments and traffic than is typical.
Put simply, writing in a way that everyone finds interesting and useful is really, really hard and even though I've been doing this a long time sometimes I'm going to fall short of the mark to some of the audience most of the time. In this case I wanted to put all the arguments against Chrome in a single place for future reference. I realize now that I could have spent more time collecting numbers for the first few points, and will try to do that next time. Thanks again for the feedback and I hope you don't stop reading the site on my account.
The energy use criticism is not made-up—it's a well-established problem. Chrome also does a lousy job of going to sleep. The rest of the article, yeah, a mixed bag, and highly subjective. Frex, I don't care about the notifications integration, because there's nothing I can do with a web browser that I want to have notifications for. Plus, I don't use the OS X notifications system, because Growl is so much better, so I only care whether something plays nice with growl, rather than Notification Center.
I should mention that One note is a Microsoft product. Click it to relaunch Chrome. Chrome has experimental features called Flags, found by typing chrome: Some of these can actually speed up your browsing, with tricks like using more threads to downloading raster images faster and loading low-priority iFrames last.
This can really help if an extension has been changing your settings without your explicit knowledge. Resetting Chrome does delete all your extensions, themes, cookies, pinned tabs, your saved homepage, and startup tabs, as well as content settings. But the browser may work better in its natural state, and then you can re-add extensions and re-adjust settings as needed. Naturally, CleanMyMac can reset Chrome as well. Just click the Uninstaller tool in the sidebar, then find Chrome in the list of applications. Right-click on the arrow and select the Application Reset, next to the Complete Uninstallation.
Of course, uninstalling and re-installing Chrome is a more drastic step than just resetting it, but if you do decide to uninstall the whole app, CleanMyMac will make sure to get all the associated files and preferences, everywhere they exist on your Mac. Another tip is to consider installing Chrome Canary , which is a beta version of Chrome meant for developers and early adopters. Using all the tips above and CleanMyMac to easily manage them will speed up your Chrome considerably.
Find the problem window or tab, click to select it, and then End Process. To clear the data via Chrome browser settings: You can also use the Command—comma keyboard shortcut. Scroll down to the Advanced section and click Advanced to expand all the options. In the Basic tab, leave the boxes checked to clear your browsing history, cookies, and other site data, as well as cached images and files. Then click Clear Data at the bottom. Disable hardware acceleration If your Chrome is running slow, you might think to enable hardware acceleration. Reset flags to default settings Chrome has experimental features called Flags, found by typing chrome: To do this, go to chrome: Try Chrome Canary Another tip is to consider installing Chrome Canary , which is a beta version of Chrome meant for developers and early adopters.
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