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Chrome is, for many people, the first thing installed on a new MacBook. It makes sense: in its early days Chrome gained a reputation for being lightweight and fast. It was better than Safari and Firefox, people said. And it was true, at the time.

It’s not the case anymore. In fact, I’d argue that you shouldn’t use Chrome on a MacBook if you can avoid it. Over the years Chrome became a bloated program that doesn’t integrate well with OS X, and it happened so slowly most Chrome users haven’t noticed.

Here are ten reasons every Mac-loving Chrome user should consider switching.

1. Chrome Drains Your MacBook Battery

Battery life has been a huge feature for Apple in recent releases of OS X. Mavericks brought energy impact measuring tools to the operating system Secrets of OS X Mavericks: What You Really Need To Know Secrets of OS X Mavericks: What You Really Need To Know You probably already know about the major features of the latest, free upgrade for Mac OS X. Here are the hidden ones. Read More , which you can find by clicking your battery icon right now.


If you’ve got Chrome running, Chrome will show up here. Every time.

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It’s been said a thousand times, but it’s worth saying again: if battery life is important to you, avoid using Chrome. Even on 4-year-old MacBooks, replacing Chrome with Safari can give you an extra hour of battery life in some cases.

Google is reportedly working on the issue, and has made progress, but the job is far from finished. And you don’t have to take my word for it: open up the Activity Monitor on your Mac, then head to the “Energy” section. Open some tabs in Chrome and the same ones in another browser – Chrome will almost always use more energy for the same job. It’s particularly true for Netflix, if you want a test case.

2. Your Fans Will Occasionally Sound Like Jet Engines

The low battery life isn’t for no reason: it’s because Chrome uses more CPU power to accomplish the same thing as Safari. Partially this is because of inefficiency, and partially its because Chrome’s priority is speed. Either way, I’ve personally heard way more of my fan while using Chrome than while not. And I’m not alone.

3. Chrome Does Things Its Own Way, Not the Mac Way

I ranted about this extensively when I talked about the reasons I hate Chrome 5 Things I Hate About Chrome 5 Things I Hate About Chrome Chrome, the operating system, is apparently pretty great – but Chrome, the operating system, is the worst thing that ever happened to Chrome, the browser. Read More , but it’s worth stating again: ChromeOS is the worst thing that ever happened to Chrome on other platforms. Don’t get me wrong, ChromeOS is a great operating system, but the volume of stuff Chrome takes along with it to other platforms makes it a worse browser on the Mac. It simply doesn’t integrate with the OS well.

Case in point: notifications. Apple introduced a system-wide notifications system with Mountain Lion How to Add Almost Everything to Mountain Lion's Notification Center [Mac] How to Add Almost Everything to Mountain Lion's Notification Center [Mac] Tweak the notification center in Mountain Lion to be somewhat useful, by adding notifications from the programs you care about to it. With a few tweaks you can add every Growl program to the notifications... Read More , way back in 2012. This means notifications all look the same, never overlap each other, and can be browsed all in one archive if you miss something.

Chrome could use this system, but doesn’t: it uses a completely separate notification system.


These don’t play nicely with other notifications, meaning they’ll cover up those ones. They also don’t show up in the system-wide notification system, so you can’t reference them later there.

There are plenty of other differences. Most Mac apps close instantly when you hit CMD-Q; Chrome makes you hold the combo for a while. Most Mac apps have their own preferences window; Chrome uses a website in a tab for that. Whether you like these changes or not, you’ve got to admit Chrome just doesn’t work the way Mac apps do. And if you’re using a Mac, it must at least be in part because you like the way Mac apps work.

4. Chrome Can Slow Down Your Entire Mac

It’s a related point, I realize, but it’s worth stating: Chrome uses a lot of CPU power. Part of this is the priority on speed, part of it is inefficient programming, but shut down Chrome on many Macs and everything feels faster.

Not just browsing: everything.

5. The Confusing Extension/App/Whatever Ecosystem

There’s a folder Chrome put on my computer that looks like this:


You might like this feature, but it seems out of place to me. I have some questions for Google:

  • Why?
  • No seriously: why? When I click these, they only open in Chrome. How is this different from bookmarks? Why do they need their own folder?
  • Does this make more sense if you use “actual” Chrome apps? Why are the default “apps” offered just bookmarks to Google products? Which insist on showing up when I use Spotlight?
  • Why is there three of the same app so many times? Did I accidentally create some user profiles? Why don’t user profiles have their own folders?
  • Seriously, I just checked, I don’t have any other profiles, what gives?
  • I tried deleting the folder; it came back. Umm…

It’s related to the point above, sure, but it’s just another way in which Chrome seems to do its own thing regardless of what’s normal on the Mac ecosystem. Why not populate a folder with “Apps” that are mostly bookmarks, all of which require Chrome to open? It’s the kind of thing you expect from Windows crapware, not a leading Mac browser.

6. Google Doesn’t Need Help Watching You


You might not know it while reading this article, but I’m actually a longtime Google fan. Getting access to Gmail during the invite-only beta was a college triumph of mine, and I’m pretty sure I had a Google sign on my dorm room wall back in 2004. I’ve worked extensively for companies that do little more than set up Google Apps for Business, and I think that Chromebooks are an excellent device for the education market.

Having said that, over the years I’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with how much information Google has about me. My Gmail account is an archive of my communications, for example, and search is basically an extension of my conciousness. It’s part of why I switched to DuckDuckGo last summer Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo Most of us don't remember life before Google search. Try DuckDuckGo. Learn its tricks. There could be nothing you miss about Google. Read More and haven’t looked back. I was just tired of feeling like my internal monologue was being watched (and monetized).

Using Chrome to search with DuckDuckGo feels weird, though. Are the auto-suggestions still coming from Google? Is Google still using my Chrome account to track me in some way? It sounds paranoid, post-Snowden being paranoid isn’t necessarily being irrational. I feel more comfortable just not using Chrome.

7. Mac Support Feels Like an Afterthought

I’ve written more than once how I feel like Hangouts sucks on the desktop Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop Someone Finally Made Google Hangouts Better On Desktop It took someone outside Google hacking away at CSS to finally offer a decent Hangouts experience on desktops and laptops – and you can give it a shot right now if you're a Chrome user. Read More , and to me the lack of a dedicated app is the reason for that. Put simply: if you don’t use Chrome, there isn’t a dedicated app. If you do use Chrome, it doesn’t fit in. Here’s the Hangouts extension covering my dock, something no other app on the Mac does:


The app version behaves weirdly too: it shows up on every desktop by default, something no other app does. The fact that there is both an extension and an app called “Hangouts” that serve the same function but behave completely differently is bad enough, but the way neither behaves like a proper Mac app makes it so much worse.

Oh, and the notifications for Hangouts: they don’t integrate with the OS X notification center. Why would they?

8. No Support For Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion came out in 2012, not that long ago, but if you’re still using that operating system Chrome updates are being cut off. Google announced the change back in November, in case you missed it. Sure, you can update your OS free of charge, but many people don’t want to for a variety of reasons, including older computers that don’t support the latest version of OS X.

9. Safari Has Gotten Really Good

For a long time, the collective response to the above points was “Sure, but nothing is better”. Which was fair back in 2012, but recent versions of Safari is faster, sleeker, and better Faster, Sleeker, Better: How To Switch From Chrome/Firefox To Safari Faster, Sleeker, Better: How To Switch From Chrome/Firefox To Safari Thinking about using Safari on your Mac, but worried you might lose features and bookmarks? Here's a quick guide to comfortably moving to Apple's web browser, without missing out. Read More than Chrome. And none of the above criticisms apply to Apple’s browser, which is well-integrated on the Mac.

Seriously, if you haven’t tried this browser out for a while you don’t know what you’re missing. Even the extension ecosystem has come a long way: the most common tools are already waiting for you. It’ll be an adjustment, but you’ll never look back.

10. Safari Integrates Better With Apple Products

If you’re all-in with the Apple platform, Safari is the better choice. All the little things just integrate better: your passwords, for example, are managed by Apple’s system-wide tool and synced using iCloud. Same goes for your Bookmarks. Continuity only works with Safari What Does Continuity Mean for Yosemite & iOS 8? What Does Continuity Mean for Yosemite & iOS 8? OS X 10.10, better know as Yosemite, is a major Mac update that offers numerous features never seen before in an operating system. One of the most important is Continuity. Read More .

I could go on, but you get the idea: Apple’s browser is better integrated with Apple’s ecosystem. If you care about that, Safari is the clear choice.

Reasonable People Can Disagree

Maybe you absolutely love Chrome on your Macbook – fair enough. Maybe you hate Chrome, but feel trapped I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More . If you use Android, for example, or a Chromebook, the full browser syncing might be a killer app for you.

Whatever your take, I’d love to have a chat with you about all this. Let me know what browser you use on your Mac, and why. Or get into your own Chrome complaints, if you like. I’ll be around to talk either way.

  1. Tikan Zhang
    October 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    As of 2016, 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..., which is a bit confusing.)

    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.

  2. Malte Riesch
    October 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    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. When Apple releases Safari on Linux, I will be MORE than happy to give it a try.

  3. John
    October 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    In my experience none of the items listed here are real issues, some are perceived issues (of which I agree with, but they are still only perceived issues, not real ones), but the real issue for me and my other is that since 'el capitan' my macbook's battery sucks down to nothing (rather literally) in just a few hours with the lid shut and it is blamed on chrome, all of which makes no sense as the lid is shut so the proprietary hardware/OS combo should be in full control and able to tell chrome to go do something with itself (please spare me any excuses, none are legit), and the problem started immediately after the update, not a while after, not a while before, not when chrome was update, not gradually etc.... 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.

  4. Tim Keating
    September 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Is it just me, or is it ironic that this page has a memory footprint of over 800MB?

  5. Richard Eastman
    September 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm


  6. Leander Berg
    August 23, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    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. It's even been dubbed the new Internet Explorer in terms of compatibility with the latest features of Javascript, CSS and HTML. This is NOT good and not what I want people to install, although I can agree Chrome always shows up in my power menu. Haven't used Safari for anything but downloading Chrome though, so I can't tell whether it really performs differently.

  7. maria
    August 20, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    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 (2012) 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.

  8. VW
    August 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    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.

  9. Leo
    August 18, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Hi! I'm running a MacBook Air with El Capitan and have both Chrome and Safari installed. 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. Even that, I have noticed that the MacBook Air runs rougher with the Chrome. Also, I like to use two windows running at the same time. I run Chrome side by side with Safari. Chrome is running a movie / on Demand cable channel and I'm surfing the web with Safari. What I have noticed is that the MacBook Air gets hot on its side by the keyboard, CPU working hard, and the cooling fan running rough. 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?

  10. Leonardo Demundo
    August 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    The problem here is easy to fix, use a normal and good OS. NO OSX.

    • Ashdude
      August 25, 2016 at 1:41 am

      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.

    • ch3mn3y
      September 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      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.

  11. Phil
    August 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I go between the two, but mostly use Chrome. Why? 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.

    I'm on a deskop so battery life is a non issue.

  12. Benny
    August 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Opening Youtube in Chrome is another worst battery drainer. No wonder if you loose the entire juice within an hour.

  13. Josh
    August 2, 2016 at 7:22 am

    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. So while it may not integrate, work on vastly outdated computers (most of the apps on the app store don't work with outdated OS's either), and may take up a bit more of my computer's resources, I'll still continue using chrome 95% of the time.

  14. SK
    August 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you for this informative article. It's easy to understand & very helpful. I'm a new Mac user & have a lot of trouble with my MacBook Pro running slow & hanging up. I don't even know why Chrome is on there, but you're correct, it feels completely out of place on my Mac & I'll be happy to be done with it.

  15. Craig Cameron
    August 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    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.

  16. Dan
    July 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I came up to the same your conclusions 2 years ago. I absolutely agree with you.

  17. Yeah No
    July 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I will never use Safari, period. The reasons to use it outlined in this propagandist drivel are outright laughable.

  18. Cloudane
    July 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

    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. First thing I normally do on a clean installation of my Mac is undock Safari, Notes, Photos, iTunes etc in favour of Chrome, Keep, Google Photos, Google Music. 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.

  19. Andy
    July 19, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    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. but chrome isn't just up to pair on El Capitan. So until then, safari will be on as the main browser.

  20. Cathy
    July 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  21. Jonathan Sullivan
    July 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Do you guys and gals not hear (well, read...) yourselves? 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.

  22. Sarah
    July 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    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 would have to download Chrome?? My Canon Pixma 882 is not Google Coud compatible, so I’m told I would have to dowload Chrome. I have downloaded the latest drivers for the printer; but no change in compatibility.
    Any suggestions?

  23. Churro
    June 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I have a problem... pretty much my favorite three browsers don't work all that well on my MacBook Pro. Firefox, Safari, Chrome - each has its own set of problems, things I don't like about them, et cetera. I keep trying to settle on one of these three as my preferred browser, but after a few weeks/months of usage, I inevitably end up running into a problem that becomes a bit of a deal breaker...

    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. and even worse on Mac... 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... should have suspected as much, haha. 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...

  24. Omkar Bhagat
    June 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    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!

  25. Helena
    June 27, 2016 at 4:15 am

    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. Advice?

  26. Asher
    June 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    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.

    Downloaded Chrome, but shut the application completely once the given work was done.

  27. Hamish
    June 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

    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 use keychain quite heavily so switching wont be fun. Chrome looks busy too.

    Apple is losing me on software. I only deleted photos, and numbers etc last week.

  28. Connie grantham
    June 19, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Hi! 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?

    • Omkar Bhagat
      June 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Connie, You can go ahead with any Mac. Those three softwares will work on Mac OS X :)

  29. Clare
    June 17, 2016 at 9:08 am

    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.

  30. Amir
    June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

    My guesses for the root cause of Chrome resource hunger on Mac is:
    * Tabs with flash generally eat up CPU (maybe a buggy implementation)
    * Video decoding also triggers high usage so probably Chrome uses different codecs or the decoder doesn't run as optimal as Safari
    * It's harder to tailor to each OS idiosyncrasies while maintaining a uniform UX across platforms and keeping the code base manageable.

  31. Not_New_Anymore
    May 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I used Firefox for a while, until a few years ago I switched to chrome because of the reduced CPU usage. 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.

  32. Nick
    May 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Yes, it definitely makes your CPU work harder than usual... I use an old macbook early 2008 with Lion on it and it automatically updated itself to the version 49... And let me tell you it is a nightmare! it won't run the extensions like adblock, chrome just freezes them and they stop working!

    i had to install the previous version (47) which works way better and OMFG! it was another nightmare trying to disable the auto update on this thing, i had to look and look for the right path to delete the damn programs resposible for auto updating... and this is it:


    that's where it keeps the scripts to auto update, just delete them and it will stop auto updating itself, do not instal the version 49 on your Lion OS, NEVER!

  33. Vassilis
    May 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Long time Mac user (and owner or nearly every Apple product down to the Watch..stand), but currently experimenting with Android (bought a Nexus 5X for testing my app there) and actually enjoying the difference another OS makes. 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).

  34. Wonder Wart-Hog
    May 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

    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. 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. Also the only extensions I care about are 1Password, Ghostery, Save to Pocket and YouTube downloaders, which all are available on both browsers, so I'm good.

  35. John S
    April 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    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. Case in point is Chrome works very well with Chrome OS nd can run perfectly fine on 2GB RAM and a Celeron CPU. Try that on the same week hardware with Windows or OS X? What I can't understand with OS X is why Chrome is so bad? 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. If you like a different one on Windows or OS X your stuck with its idiosyncrasies on the OS. Of course you have no choice on a Chrome device.

  36. Tiffany
    April 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    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 11). We have some funding to use, so money is not a factor either…


  37. Anthony
    April 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    This whole article is just a chrome bash, and factually incorrect.

    Safari uses non public API's that apple does not make available to developers, and these API's allow safari to address the OS directly.

    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.

    • poopandpee33
      May 10, 2016 at 3:23 am

      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.

      • Anthony
        May 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        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.

        Google is giving users a choice.

        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.

  38. Vikrorious
    April 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I opened the same tabs on safari and chrome (youtube and netflix). They took about the same time to load although chrome uses about 150x more CPU and 30x more energy. However, Safari uses over 2x the RAM as Chrome does. Is that supposed to happen?

  39. Gary Dauphin
    March 21, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    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.

    • Justin Pot
      March 22, 2016 at 1:34 am

      That makes sense, hope you're enjoying your setup!

  40. Paul
    March 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    My macbook CPU with chrome frequently reach over 90C and sounds like Niagara waterfall. Safari is better for mac.

    • Justin Pot
      March 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      I grew up near that particular wonder, and I somehow doubt your Macbook is quite that loud. Still, Chrome can be a problem.

  41. Rafee
    February 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Reasons I can't use Safari:

    -Poor handling of latest web technologies.
    -Relatively worse off extension performance.
    -Lacking choice in the extension market.
    -Terrible bookmark handling.
    -Generally slower sometimes significantly slower than Chrome.

    • Justin Pot
      February 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      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.

    • anonymous
      June 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Not true. Safari preforms BETTER on acid3 tests than chrome does.

  42. Lilyader
    February 16, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I used chrome which sucks.

    everytime when I open several windows, my computer got stuck and died.

    • sola
      May 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      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.

  43. Brian Shia
    February 2, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I had chrome open, and guess what? Chrome takes 42,052.27 Avg. energy impact, while Safari only had 29.44!!!!!!!!

    • Justin Pot
      February 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      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?

  44. Toby
    January 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    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?

  45. Tom Drewry
    January 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    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.

  46. John
    January 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    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. Any web sites that has Flash content really brings up CPU usage in Chrome. 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.

    • Justin Pot
      January 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Silverlight and Flash both need to die, but it's sadly going to take a while.

  47. Lakhmir Singh
    January 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    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. whatsapp for web to name one of few, on your suggestion I've used the Safari soley all day today. Thank you!
    I mean I've not really smashed it as I normally do with Chrome i.e. tabs and tabs open for a day or more, sometimes video content too but Safari has done well; if nothing but for the fan speed!.

    And please whoever doesn't like the article, don't diss the author. Manners.

    • Justin Pot
      January 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      People can dis me, it's fine! I like the brutal feedback personally, makes me want to become a better communicator.

      Anyway: let me know how Safari holds up to your usage. More data points is always good.

      • Lakhmir
        January 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

        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.db, and eventually clearing all history hasn't been ANY help.
        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.

        • Jan F.
          January 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

          This is a general issue all Safari users (OSX/iOS) are suffering today (27th January).
          Disabling the search suggestions should fix it until Apple sorts out the problem.

        • Lakhmir
          January 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

          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.

        • Justin Pot
          January 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

          Whoa Jan F. knows everything, quick think of something else important to ask

        • Jan F.
          January 29, 2016 at 12:43 am

          I'm flattered :-)

          As for the article, I agree that Chrome on OS X doesn't live up to it's sibling on Windows. 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.g. 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 10.7 (Safari 6.1.6), 10.9 (Safari 9.0.1+) but it wouldn't work on OS X 10.8 (Safari 6.2.8). So looks (and versions) can be deceiving.

        • Justin Pot
          January 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm

          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. Oh well.

        • Myname
          March 22, 2016 at 1:50 am

          Also, a tip: launch Safari with the Shift key down (Safe mode). Solves a lot of minor issues.

  48. Michael
    January 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    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: W - Close tab, A - Select all, Tab - Change app, ~ - Switch App window. So once in a while hitting Q by mistake is a real possibility for me.

    But if you don't like it, fine, you CAN disable it in menu: Chrome -> Warn before quitting.

    While Chrome isn't native to OS X as Safari, I feel like they are doing their best. Some of the features are not native since it is a multi platform browser. Safari isn't. Which in my opinion is not a possibility for someone like me who isn't invested 100% in Apple ecosystem and won't ever be.

    Also I would suggest you looking for h264ify 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.

  49. Jacques
    January 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    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).

    1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 are all basically the same thing here. Chrome does things its own way instead of the Mac way and it causes a lot of inefficiencies (battery life, processing, etc.)

    5 seems like an obvious lack of even an attempt to understand google's App system and how Chrome apps differ from bookmarks. 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.), or anything else with specific Chrome apps (OneNote), the experience will be better than in other browsers.

    6 just sounds like whining.

    8 doesn't really matter much, since if a user is using one of those operating systems, they don't really have a decision to make on whether to run Chrome or not?

    9 and 10 only kind of count if you're wholly bought into the Apple Ecosystem, even then, if you're logged into Chrome on multiple devices, you can access the same tabs, bookmarks, etc.

    • Justin Pot
      January 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      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.

  50. Paula
    January 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    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.

    • Justin Pot
      January 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      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.

  51. Sittipong HAUS
    January 22, 2016 at 8:03 am

    But safari is f****** slow on my latest mbp

  52. MacEnterprise User
    January 22, 2016 at 3:27 am

    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 100 users I support use chrome without any of the made up isssues I'm reading of here.

    • Justin Pot
      January 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      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.

    • Nat
      January 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      The energy use criticism is not made-up—it's a well-established problem. Chrome also does a lousy job of going to sleep. I put my MacBook Air to sleep with 80% battery and a bunch of safari tabs open, wake it up 10 hours later, and it'll be at something like 79% battery. Do the same thing with a bunch of chrome tabs open, and it'll be more like 50% battery left.

      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.

  53. Ed Sullivan
    January 22, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I should mention that One note is a Microsoft product. The folder mentioned (only accessible through Chrome) is because One Note online is enabled through a Chrome extension so of course it is only accessible through Chrome. But it is not really a part of Chrome.

    I have also noticed a slowdown while using Chrome on my Mac. Anecdotally, it seems Safari is better on the Mac. Things appear to get worse when you add flash enabled applications (Zynga games, etc.)

  54. Des
    January 22, 2016 at 12:32 am

    When I made the BIG SWITCH to Mac back in 2010, with a refurbished MB Pro, I discovered Safari. Always been happy with it, but sometimes used Chrome. Hardly any more. But what I have noticed in the past year since moving to Yosemite on my iMac (haven't made the leap to El C yet), and still using Safari, my iMac gets pretty darned hot. A lot of processing means a lot of energy consumed means a lot of heat. Why?

  55. Marguerite O'Connell Barazi
    January 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    This article is spot on with my experience. I loved Chrome until it wrecked my MacBook Pro's ability to function - around the time Mavericks came out. First it was the fans. Then fans and battery life. Then it was fans, battery, and spinning beach ball of death for every tab or app I opened. I reached out to Apple and Google and finally just deleted Chrome and migrated to Safari. There was a thread on Google help for over a year that only ever got "we're working on it" type responses every once in a while. This despite the significant number of people posting about all these same problems. My MacBook Pro (late 2011) never fully recovered. I upgraded to Yosemite and to 16GB RAM and it is faster. But it still occasionally lags (spinning beach ball) when nothing but Safari is open. I removed all the Google files Chrome created, but still wonder if there is some incompatible file somewhere slowing things down.

  56. Dushan
    January 21, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Very whiny article, not a lot of real *value* here, just some random things that annoyed you, the author. Poor read, and a sad attempt at rebellion.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I'll keep that in mind for next time, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  57. lolitabonita
    January 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    The wonderful review of a macfag

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      I mean, the article is specifically about Mac users, what were you expecting?

    • Sundragon
      January 23, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      "Fag" I'm surprised you've not been banned byrne moderators... Wonder if the "N" word would have generated almost no attention...

  58. Dann Albright
    January 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I've been a Chrome user for a while, but I thought I'd give Safari a shot after reading this article. So far, it seems to be working okay, but it does feel notably slower on some sites (BoardGameGeek, for one). It's weird; some sites seem really snappy, but other feel way more sluggish than they did in Chrome. As yet undecided.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      Keep me up to date!

      • Dann Albright
        January 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        Things seem to have sped up, back to about the level of Chrome. I haven't paid much attention to battery life, mostly because I generally work from my desk while plugged in. I do really like the idea of using one less Google product, though!

  59. Brain Rogue
    January 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Where is the science behind any of these claims? If you are going to bash a product at least prove with real numbers that what you say is true. People will take your argument seriously then.

  60. Tbaba
    January 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    You're anti-google

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      I don't want to be, I've got a real soft spot for the company. You can pry my Gmail account from my cold dead hands. But increasingly, yes, I'm uncomfortable with Google and trying to spread my computing across multiple companies instead of concentrating everything with one.

  61. MKinkead
    January 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I have a wonderous 27 inch Mac desktop. I use Safari and have resize each page to take advantage of the screen's size. And I have to do this each time I open that page. Tiresome and annoying. So..... I use Chrome, which doesn't have this problem. And it may just be me but I can't discern one tab from the next at the top of the browser. Again, tiresome and annoying.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Those are really annoying problems, I could see sticking with Chrome given them. Especially seeing as you don't have a battery to worry about.

  62. Andrea
    January 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I would gladly switch back to Safari, if I could only have the same experience I have with Chrome, when using the Delevoper Tools.
    The ones provided by Safary are counter intuitive and lacks a lot of feature I just can't miss.

    When and if that day ever comes, I'll go back to Safari.

    I don't really care about extensions, profiles or synchronization between different devices: I just badly need that Developer Tool.

  63. Mak
    January 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I feel trapped yes - because i am forced to use the Google Drive app on the Mac.
    But on the other hand some pretty common things like "View Page Source" and "Inspect" and responsive web testing as part of the Inspect element are avalaibale in Mozilla and Chrome and somehow lacks on Safari. Basically Safari is a very casual average-Joe experience, though fast and bateri effiencient, yet slow on feature development (pin tab was introduced less than a year ago). I use Safari for my everyday Youtube watching, but work related stuff i need Chrome (even if i don't want to)

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Did you enable the Developer menu on Safari? It's not perfect but it does the things you've stated if I recall correctly.

  64. Sacha
    January 21, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I've used Google Chrome for years and I've never had a problem with it. I'm running OS X 10.11 El Capitan on a late-2013 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The one thing I do dislike however, is the bloat. Why do Gmail, Google Drive, Google Search and YouTube need to be seperate apps? It just doesn't make any sense. Anyway, thanks for the article.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Yeah I'm really not a fan of their "app" ecosystem forcing its way into the filesystem.

      • Sacha
        January 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm

        The only reason I use Google Chrome is because of the speed and compatibility. It seems to work with everything and load pages rocket fast. How's you experience with the speed?

  65. R.M.P.
    January 21, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Chrome notification center has been gone from OS X for a couple of months. Maybe the author hasn't actually used Chrome browser in a while. Decent article though.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      The Notification Center is gone; the non-native notifications remain.

  66. FezVrasta
    January 20, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    There's continuity on Chrome.

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      If that's true I stand corrected, sorry about that.

      • FezVrasta
        January 21, 2016 at 6:14 pm

        It's not that awesome as it should be, but it's there. If you open Chrome on two different Macs, you'll see a continuity icon on the dock that, if clicked, will open the active tab of the other mac.

  67. Rae
    January 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Days ago, I downloaded a chrome update for my macbook... I opened it up, and it was sloooooooooow! I couldn't believe how slow it was. Luckily, the older version was still installed, so I was easily able to go back to my previous version. I know that eventually I will have to update, but because of this article I may just switch to safari instead of updating chrome.

    • Justin Pot
      January 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Yeah, the Chrome team is supposedly working on it, but there's a long way to go yet.

  68. ProOrContra
    January 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    It's only a discussion about the environment you pay for or provide your data for abstract metaanalysis stuff, one of the oldest topics since "branding". Mixing those environments is tge biggest fault to make, stick with one. Could you also analyze and refer to the googlish Android-Ecosystem and compare that to the applish iOS?

    • Justin Pot
      January 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      I should look into the various ecosystems more, but my real passion is cross-platform tech to be honest.

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