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Safari vs. Chrome for Mac: 9 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Chrome

Tim Chawaga Updated 09-12-2019

Google Chrome’s overwhelming popularity on macOS is quite a feat for a non-default browser, but it makes sense. In its early days, Chrome had a reputation for being lightweight and fast. It was better than Safari and Firefox, people said.


It may have been true then, but not true anymore. Safari beats Chrome because it’s more energy-efficient, better at protecting your privacy, and obviously, works with the Mac environment better. Here’s why you should avoid using Google Chrome on Mac.

1. Chrome Drains Your MacBook Battery

Chrome Energy Usage

MacBook battery life has been a huge feature for Apple in recent releases of macOS. Mavericks brought energy impact measuring tools to the operating system, which you can find by clicking the battery icon in your menu bar.

If you’ve got Chrome running, Chrome will often show up here. Because of this, if battery life is important to you, avoid using Chrome on your MacBook.

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.


2. Chrome Works in Its Own Way

Chrome Settings Menu

Unlike Safari, many of Chrome’s features have their roots in ChromeOS, as opposed to macOS. This leads to a less than ideal experience.

Most Mac apps close instantly when you hit Cmd + Q; Chrome, by default, makes you hold the combo for a while (though you can turn that feature off). Most Mac apps have their own preferences window; Chrome uses a website in a tab for that.

Chrome is also slower to catch up with macOS features. macOS Mojave introduced Dark Mode in September 2018, which Safari supported out of the gate. But Chrome didn’t respect this feature until March 2019—half a year later. Safari also has a feature that will turn supporting websites dark, whereas you have to install a Chrome extension for this.


The old notification system was also a mess. Chrome used its own notification setup that didn’t integrate with the Notification Center. Thankfully this is no longer the case, but it was a huge pain for far too long.

Obviously, it’s less than ideal to force a user to learn an entirely separate interface when they’re used to one already. Safari uses the same buttons and symbols as the rest of macOS, which leads to a more seamless experience.

3. Chrome Extensions Come With a Price

It’s true that in the head-to-head showdown of Chrome vs. Safari, Chrome is the clear winner when it comes to extensions. Even so, a big extension library comes with a price.

One of the main reasons Chrome uses so much of your CPU and drains so much of your battery life is due to installed extensions. Extensions can also introduce privacy problems, as many of them need extensive access to your browsing. As great as extensions often are, their strain on your system can be a high price.


If there are a few you can’t live without, don’t forget that Safari has plenty of great extensions The Best Safari Extensions for Mac Users Safari is probably the best browser for Mac users, but you can make it even better with a few well-chosen extensions. Read More too.

4. Google Is Watching You

While Google and Apple’s interests might seem like they overlap, the companies are structured quite differently. Google’s revenue is primarily ad-based, which means that as the user, you aren’t really the customer; you’re the product. Google only makes money if it can somehow acquire information about you to sell.

While you can tweak Chrome to protect your privacy 7 Essential Privacy Settings for Chrome OS and Google Chrome Using a Chromebook, but concerned about privacy? Tweak these 7 settings in the Chrome browser on Chrome OS to stay secure online. Read More to some degree, you’ll never be completely safe with a company whose business model is built on obtaining your data.

If that sounds Orwellian to you, Chrome on Mac probably isn’t for you.


5. Apple Watches You Less

Apple’s business model is based on selling you, the user, its hardware. Its software is usually free, and is only valuable as much as it makes Apple hardware more attractive to the customer. The company has a more direct incentive to provide you with a browser that works well with other Apple products.

As a sign of this good faith, Apple introduced a whole suite of privacy protection measures in macOS Mojave. Intelligent Tracking Prevention 2 (ITP 2) is an update to a feature introduced in High Sierra that attempts to combat cross-site tracking, making it harder for websites to follow you on the web. It also attempts to scrub fingerprinting, which makes it harder for websites to identify you in the future.

6. No Chrome Support Below Yosemite

Chrome’s system requirements cut off any Mac that’s below macOS Yosemite. Sure, you can update your Mac free of charge, but many people don’t want to for a variety of reasons. This includes people on older computers that don’t support the latest version of macOS.

7. Safari Is Actually Really Good

For a long time, the collective response to the above points was “Sure, but nothing is better”. However, recent versions of Safari are faster, sleeker, and better than Chrome.

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. Try some essential Safari tips and tricks 17 Essential Safari Tips and Tricks for Mac Users These essential Safari tips and tricks will make the Mac's default browser experience even better. Read More to get acquainted again.

8. Safari’s Reader Mode Is Great

Safari Reader Mode

Have you ever tried to read an article, but couldn’t get past the ads? Safari’s Reader mode cuts through all the bad formatting, strange fonts, and ad splash pages to deliver what you came for: pure, streamlined text. Images, videos, and links are included, all in an easy-to-read format.

9. Safari Integrates Better With the Apple Ecosystem

If you’re all-in with the Apple platform, Safari is the better choice. All the little aspects just integrate better: your passwords, for example, are managed by Apple’s system-wide tool and synced using iCloud. The same goes for your Bookmarks. Continuity with iOS only works with Safari.

If you use an iPhone or iPad, Handoff allows you to go to a site on Safari on your mobile device, pick up your Mac, and go immediately to the same site.

You Can Always Try Another Browser

Though the Chrome vs. Safari debate includes the two heavyweights of the Mac browser battle, there are other options. If you dislike both browsers, you can always look to our list of best alternative browsers for Mac users 9 Great Safari Browser Alternatives for Mac Users It is not that Safari is a bad browser or that it has a limited feature set -- you may just want a different focus, or major updates more than once a year. Read More . Why not check out some of Opera’s coolest features and give a lesser-known browser a chance?

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  1. FRSTD
    May 26, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    safari is just like IE, poor developed e ugly maintained.
    as a developer i hate it.
    I always have to make ad hoc fixes exactly like the old versions of IE just to give support to people who basically use it because it is there and has a colored icon.

  2. JohnIL
    January 12, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Chrome definitely makes my 2019 Macbook Air run much warmer than Safari and I notice much more lag in scrolling and watching streaming video also causes MBA to run what I would call hot over Safari. I will stick with Safari for the performance advantages.

  3. Kirsten
    January 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    In my experience, Chrome is only preferable because of its personalization options with Extensions . The irony is this is still an area needing improvement. Chrome's security against adware and malware prompts many users to make a change. Sure, the extensions are helpful, but when malicious attacks stem from downloading a seemingly safe tool, it defeats the purpose.

    Google's new Advanced Protection Program seems like positive step, but strike me as the most desirable route. The $50 price tag for a physical security key, limited accessibility to third party apps and additional time required to repetitively sign in with 2 Factor Auth seems excessive... especially with so many equal or better options available.

    With Google's security and privacy in question, this was info was helpful, but Safari still feels outdated compared to other browsers. For Mac users looks to move from Chrome (desktop), check out Vivaldi. A step up from Chrome in my book.

  4. mspence
    January 2, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Nobody really uses Safari; the masses tend to use Chrome or Firefox yet I keep getting search results for it when asking questions about phones on Google. Odd, no?

  5. Kelly Milburn
    November 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you! I thought it was me being totally inept!!

  6. Guy Anonymous
    September 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Number 3: Don't use extensions on Chrome because they'll take your privacy!
    But it's OK when it's on Safari.

    Seems just a _bit_ hypocritical.

  7. Matt
    July 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

    In the development community we call Safari the "new IE6". It's a terrible, non-compliant browser, and encouraging people to use it is naive and irresponsible.

    • Astrid
      August 27, 2019 at 2:08 am

      Agreed, I've been heavy boatloads with the wheel of death while using Safari, so I've been using chrome and even when not perfect, it works best my battery, doesn't heat as much and lasts fairly the same.

    • Sean Pecor
      September 5, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Safari's Javascript engine is particularly reminiscent of IE6. It commonly breaks on code that executes perfectly in every other browser.

  8. Ishan
    June 18, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this information with us. This information is really interesting and good. Safari is best for macbook and read modes in safari is really great for read an article and chrome main problem is its drain battery life.

  9. EKK
    June 3, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Unfortunately, Safari is sooo slow to open and pages load slowly as well. Hate it. Even when I upgraded my memory on my iMac it is still horrible.

  10. doctor dicknballz
    June 3, 2019 at 10:37 am

    use brave. this article is a waste of time.

  11. dragonmouth
    May 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    By carefully selecting the features, or lack thereof, one can justify the Safari is better than Chrome, or that Chrome is better than Safari, or that Firefox should be the only one to use or even that IE is the best browser ever invented. It all depends on one's likes and dislikes. AFAIAC, the only reason not to use Chrome that matters is that Chrome is spyware from Google. Nothing else matters.

    • HDLe
      August 31, 2019 at 6:28 am

      I totally agree your comments. The number one feature that this article is missing for comparison is how well a web browser shows a website.
      Chrome works on any website, especially those requiring scripts and filling forms. Safari, on the other hand, fails many times in showing a website correctly. Clicking on a link with Chrome, I know 100% that the website is exactly what it is. It's not true for Safari.

      If you don't get your job done, it's a waste!

  12. Nina
    May 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    safari also uses significant energy not only chrome...

  13. tor
    May 24, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I have Adblock on Chrome. I'd like to switch to Safari, but no matter how many times I try I cannot get Adblock installed on Safari. I'm not a techie, but Adblock on Chrome was a dream to install. Not so with Safari.

    • Mike Walsh
      May 27, 2019 at 12:17 am

      Ahh, dearie me. Mac fanbois'll never change.....

  14. Tryston Kwong
    May 3, 2019 at 12:27 am

    One thing holding me back from switching to Safari is the lack of google input tools. this normally isn't a problem for people, as Mac supports input for many languages, but they have not integrated a native Cantonese Pinyin input, which Chrome has. When Apple decides to give Cantonese speakers an option to use Cantonese pinyin (jyutping or Yale) to input Chinese characters, I'll gladly switch. until then, I'm using chrome.

    • Dan M
      May 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      If you are concerned about your privacy, but still need Chrome - the Brave browser is your answer. It’s built on Chromium, uses the Chrome Web Store for plugins (be careful, most plug-ins have privacy issues), but it doesn’t track you for Google. In fact Brave blocks all fingerprinting and tracking!

  15. Maarten Berkenbosch
    March 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Unfortunately Safari is soo slow and crappy

  16. barbara
    February 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Tired of being told "Safari won't open" certain critical(to me) websites when Chrome is necessary. I wonder if I need a new MacBook, built in 2011 and still running Snow Leopard.

  17. Peter
    December 20, 2018 at 12:27 am

    You forgot one very important point about Chrome. The auto Sign-in feature. It doesn't matter what Google service you're using, if you sign into, say Gmail or Drive, or whatever, Chrome will automatically set up a Chrome user and sign in. Even if you disable this option via Chrome flags, it STILL forces sign-in via the browser. This is plane and simply the biggest reason I switched to Safari.

  18. r c
    November 18, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    StartPage is a private search engine much better than DuckDuckGo. SP uses google search and just strips out the personal identifies. It displays results well and gets the same hits as google unlike DDG

  19. Georgium
    November 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I have just stop using Chrome to day, affter reading on another website a subject about privacy, and they explained Chrome is working so hard to register everything we do, where we go and so on that it used a lot of memory, I use Chrome sinsce exactly 2005, not yesterday LOL, the % of used memory on Macbook is in the task bar with Chrome I was all the time in the upper 80% sometime even over 90%, I had no idea at all it was due to Chrome, now with Safari, I am under 60%. 57% exactly I have imported all my bookmarks, I will see whats happen with my many password? And at least for the moment I will try to forget about my divorce with Chrome after 13 years of marital life :-)

  20. Mr Trevor Hawes
    September 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    You cant still use Safari for Facebook calling. It says you must use Chrome or something better than Safari for this.

  21. Mr Trevor Hawes
    September 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    You cant use Safari for Facebook video/audio calling,

    • Peter
      December 20, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Stop using facebook. It's another chrome, only worse.

  22. Hadorn Marcel
    August 8, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Safari is an awful browser and will leave you with a very bad experience of the internet whilst surfing on modern websites and web apps. Safari fell back extremely on either supporting or proper implementing state of the art technological features that the other browsers support. If you're not a Chrome guy, use Firefox, or Opera, hell even Edge is better than Safari today.

    • Tbone
      February 18, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Umm not true. Safari is great and I've had an excellent experience with it over Chrome. Very happy I swithced. Chrome uses dedicated gpu and drains battery, it uses more ram than is necessary which can be "good" but is also useless. Safari does the same job but in a sleeker UI and it uses less ram and integrated graphics so the battery of my laptop lasts longer.

  23. Jonatan Yair
    June 7, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Woooow... wait a second; after reading this article (being on Chrome) I close it immediately and start using Safari, changes in my Mac Mini were impressive!!
    First my airplane at least land, the internal fan stops from accelerating, second, the temperature go downs and finally the performance was notable better in my Mac Mini, (Core i5 with 16 GB, no solid state drive jet).
    I will move now to Apple apps, no doubt on that. Thanks for this article, it was so useful.

    • Tbone
      February 18, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      It's because google chrome turns on your dedicated GPU instead of your integrated GPU and it also uses more RAM than is necessary. Basically sending your computer into overdrive for no reason. People who like chrome claim that it's a good thing to use more RAM and the dedicated GPU. Well yes I agree it can be a good thing it usually is a bad thing since we do not require that much ram nor do we require dedicated gpu when surfing the web. Google just likes to make their specs as "high" or fast as possible without thinking about the conesequences i.e. overheating and bad battery life. Apparently google thinks everyone uses a desktop cpu LOL I guess they're still living in 1995

  24. John Webb
    January 26, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Hi, I have been using Safari for the last 4 years with out any problems, but now when I open an email and open the attachment with it I get a grey Safari logo where the attachment is. The log is there, doesn't move, it's on all web pages. The only way to get rid of it is to close Safari down. It doesn't happen with Mail, Chrome or FireFox. Help
    Regards, John

  25. Federico
    January 21, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I love your article and agree strongly that the integration and energy efficiency of Safari are way superior, among other things. And Safari is my default and ususal browser However, there are 2 things, as of January 2018, ( but I stick to OS El Capitan) I wonder: 1) Chrome is notably faster to load webpages and moving around. No proper test, but clearly and notable to me . 2) Several webpages still do not support Safari fully. Here are a couple of cases where not all things worked weel in Safari:,,,,,
    Just wondering how Apple lags behind Chrome, and why companies do not pay enough attention to Mac users (usually higher spenders, on average).

  26. will
    October 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I agree regarding safari. it's so much better in recent years. but the really huge and I mean the real killer reason why you cant rely on safari is that there are still so many important websites that do not support safari. and most dont tell you until you get bogged down in some nightmare problem and you hear, "oh yeah, you can't use safari on our site." im going crazy with missing transactions in my bank of America online banking or my grocery deliveries from Safeway keep coming to me like someone else wrote the orders and I am ready to scream at customer service because they dont even think apple exists. they say use Firefox or chrome, well Firefox is so busy being full of itself that it cant master the basics of autofill and auto page. and chrome tries to exist as if apple doesnt. and we see how well that works for Microsoft. haha

  27. magor
    October 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    None of the 10 reasons are good enough technically speaking.
    Copy pasted not-proven random tweets, complaining about temporary files. Really.
    Chrome never sets off the fans on my mac. Even if it would - blame the webpage, a Gmail tab can easily consume 1gb of memory.
    This article is just marketing for Safari.

  28. Teomor
    September 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    A simple test will prove who the best browser is. Just visit the most resource hungry website out there, which is.. Facebook :) And scroll through the newsfeed.

    Safari is silky smooth and loads the content below the fold 5 times faster, with no real impact on the scroll animation, whereas Chrome can barely scroll without a glitch, even after fully loading the new content.

    • magor
      October 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      you must have a problem with you computer. on my 2011 mac everything is running fine and smooth in chrome.

  29. Ruth
    August 5, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Thing is, I start off on Safari, then is won't work, I switch over to Chrome and it works straight away. I wish I knew why this was. Could it be anything to do with needing to update my ioad?

  30. Fred Johnson
    July 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I have one of the new MacBook Pro and came across battery being drained literally 2% every 2 minutes. After reading your post, I decide to check the activity monitor on the Mac and you were right, the CPU and battery consumption was off the chart. So after shutting down chrome and google drive it's starting to be normal again. I tend to like chrome much better than Safari because it's performance and easily access to google plugin, plus I prefer it for my development testing. I'm starting to slowly move away from chrome because I would rather battery life.
    Appreciate the help.

    • Magor
      October 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      God, save us from your troubleshooting techniques. So was it drive or chrome ?
      Just FYI drive had a bug , causing issues on Mac (it's fixed). It wasn't Chrome.

  31. john
    June 28, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Their is one big reason WHY YOU SHOULD NOT USE SAFARI : It is untestable for Linux user who are mainly developpers. What does it means : A lot of website are just broken on Safari because their are untested. As long as Apple will keep this policy, I could not tell people to use Safari. So if you like bugs on websites : go to Safari. If you like modern HTML 5 websites : go to chrome or firefox.

    • Jason
      September 6, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Uhm, no John, that's just BS.
      Any remotely serious web developer agency acquires the hardware it needs its website tested on. Or, alternatively, can make use of cross-browser test tooling (browserstack for instance, but there's loads of others).
      Stop spreading disinformation because you have a personal dislike for something.

  32. Chunky
    June 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    On the massive accumulation of data issue I'm pretty sure Google is smart enough to track you everywhere you go using Chrome regardless of which search engine you use in Chrome.

    But Chrome is useful as a sort of web app platform for Youtube TV, and Google apps in general as they already can track you when you're signed in using their apps regardless of browser or operating system.

    But I only reserve the use of Chrome on MacOS for Google apps (like YouTube TV, etc.).
    Safari is great on a Mac but I'm old school about not using the browser that comes with your OS for security reasons (like Internet Explorer or Edge on Wind0ws).
    However both Apple and Google seem to have greatly improved security in recent years.

    Now I'm babbling but Google Chrome is constantly patching itself as opposed to Safari on a Mac. So sometimes I've leaned on Google for security at the price of privacy.

    I have to use different browsers for different sites. Period.

  33. Francesca Romana
    June 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I tried and still trying both, but I can't see differences. In this moment, with 2 articles of opened, Safari is consuming the same energy as Chrome 30 minutes ago. Is it because of summer? Don't know, but really no difference. On the Pro (in this moment I'm on the Air) I mainly use Safari.

  34. Ahmad
    April 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I am not a Mac user but I agree with you. I use Edge on my PC because it is so much more efficient and better integrated with Windows. And Chrome is a CPU and memory hog, kills my 4GB ram.

    • Magor
      October 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      If you have 4gb of RAM, you live in 2014.
      Gmail will eat up the same amount of ram both in Safari and Chrome.

  35. Dai Toyama
    March 22, 2017 at 5:56 am

    I've been a Chrome user for a long time simply because it's the only browser that syncs across my multiple Linux desktops (at work and at home), my Android phone, and my Mac laptop. I'm in the Google ecosystem, too. I do agree with the author that Chrome doesn't integrate well with macOS, but that's something I can live with. I use a Mac-like Chrome theme, which helps a bit. I do miss the Safari feature that shows the thumbnails of all open tabs.

  36. Will Cate
    February 13, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Even though this article is a year old, it's still true. Chrome sucks the big one on Mac OS. It's absolutely insane what a huge CPU hog the software is. Makes the fans on my MB Air run like crazy, and the hardware gets really hot. I'm ditching Chrome & going back to Safari.

    • Brandon
      March 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I made the switch from Chrome to Safari today because my MacBook Pro has progressively been getting hotter and hotter. Once I started looking into it I realized it was Chrome. So far so good. Running the exact same apps as I do every day with Safari as my browser and my MacBook is room temperature.

  37. Glow
    February 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I so agree with above - get rid of Chrome from your macbook - getting access to websites using chrome is a nightmare - it just doesn't do it - it just sits there and nothing happens - you have to go to "home" and then put in your request - my personal experience - Safari for me!!!!!

  38. Tom Stein
    December 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Considering power consumption, Chrome does NOT show in the list of apps with high power consumption any more (Google changed that about a year ago). But waking up from standby and connecting to a WLAN does take more time when Chrome is active. And yes, it does use a lot of CPU power. But Safari does not know about my synchronised (and encoded) passwords from Windows, so Chrome does make life easier for me.

  39. Marcos
    December 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    As we speak, I have 7 tabs open in Chrome, and Chrome is using 50% of my Mac's CPU(s) and a minimum of double the energy consumption as Safari, which is also running, and has about 50 tabs open. Chrome blows on macOS. Oink oink.

  40. Blair
    December 1, 2016 at 5:04 am

    i'm really pissed off why some websites don't work as well on Safari than on Chrome.

  41. Leo
    November 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Safari on Mac is a piece of garbage. Saying that as a mac user. It is glitchy and lacks extensions... It's not useful for work. Basically it's a newbie crap.

    • benji
      April 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Ha, this newbie disagrees. For myself Chrome is incredibly clunky I can literally hear my MacBook struggling to keep up with simple browsing.

      I'm curious what extensions you find indispensable that don't have a safari equivalent. For html inspection I've found Safari to be fine, just a little adjustment from Chrome. There're a couple Chrome extensions that I need but I simply open Chrome when I need those tools. The've never been enough to push me back to Chrome full time

    • Charles Ek
      April 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I could take the time to draft a lengthy response to this. But I'm too busy running a successful business that relies heavily on my constant use of Safari, as it has for the past eight years. I wouldn't go near Chrome without a portable fire extinguisher on my desk.

      • leo
        April 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        Wooow you have a business. Neat. Should I be like "oh that guy is so badass" or something? Ok. You're so badass. I run 2 companies. For real. Will I get more applause now?

        It doesn't change the fact that safari is a quite gimmick browser...

        • Brody
          June 8, 2017 at 9:36 pm

          How is Safari a gimmick browser?

          I'm a web developer and I must say that I appreciate Safari so much more than Chrome. Chrome may have a few more advanced web developer tools, but the entire experience is much cleaner in Safari. Chrome isn't as security-conscious as Safari, which can be frustrating when viewing a few websites (but that's the fault of the web developer). Also, I actually like that Flash isn't just built-in, and that PDFs aren't viewed in some Chrome rendering plugin (they look just like they would in Preview).

          Chrome, like most Google products has a super clunky UI and is just horrendous to look at it. It baffles me when I see other developers using it full-time.

  42. Murat
    November 18, 2016 at 10:24 am


    • Magor
      October 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Yes this article is indeed an advertisement, without any technical truth behind.

  43. Micky
    November 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Well I have as school laptop and they say to use safari because it is easier to download assignments that we need to fill out and complete. they just pop up apparently. However, I like the layout of chrome, and I find it to be much faster and easier to navigate than safari.

  44. CapeTownMac
    November 7, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Just to confirm that I switched from Chrome to Safari (Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015) and got a material increase in battery life (an extra hour I think) and the Macbook runs much cooler on battery. I use gfxCardstatus to force use of the integrated Graphics when on battery and I found that Chrome always uses the discrete GPU and ignores the gfxCardstatus setting. It seems to use Turbo boost on the CPU more as well. When I switched to Safari it sticks to the integrated chip and the CPU temperature seldom goes above 45 deg C and the fans are much quieter. I still prefer Chrome as a browser and its quicker but Safari is fine and worth the extra battery life.

  45. Paul
    November 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I use multiple OS variants and it is no longer the case that one browser will bring cross platform harmony. For years I have used Firefox, but on my Macs it has gotten memory intensive to the point of crashing. Google, who seems to be in a 'I wont port to you war' with everyone, doesnt support keychain access on a Mac. That rules them out on that platform. Safari is good only on a Mac. So it looks like the Mac will be a one off and there is no real choice but to use Safari. Apple better beware because it is looking more like Microsoft every day!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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?

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


    • Lars
      December 9, 2016 at 2:34 am

      did it also lock your keyboard in upper case? or is it forcing you to yell all the time? :D

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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?

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      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. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

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

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      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.

      • Cloudane
        January 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        Er, there's a lot more to a computer than the browser! (Unless it's 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 2011 when I got the Macbook. I've since hopped off the Apple cart and have a refurbished Thinkpad.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      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 32-bit for Mac. So be biased all you want, but at least use facts.

      • Houdini
        June 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

        Here's a fact: On Mac, Chrome went 64-bit only with Chrome 39 in 2014.

  67. 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?

  68. 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...

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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?

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      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.

  71. 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.

    • aballerdotcom
      January 13, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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 :)

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

    • Jerry
      June 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      I'll show you an app do disable Google Update on OSX if someone will show me where I can find old versions of Chrome browser?

  78. 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).

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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…


  82. 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.

  83. 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?

  84. Anonymous
    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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. Anonymous
    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?

  89. 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?

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

        • Anonymous
          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

        • Anonymous
          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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

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

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

  97. 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.

  98. 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.)

  99. 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?

  100. Anonymous
    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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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...

  103. 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!

  104. 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.

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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.

  109. 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?

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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.