If you’ve recently upgraded to macOS 14 Sonoma and noticed that your Safari extensions have mysteriously disappeared in Safari 17, don’t fret. In this blog, we’ve got you covered with some practical methods to fix this issue and restore your missing extensions.
Apple users typically find the stock Safari browser to be a solid choice, thanks to its seamless integration with other Apple devices and its ability to meet most browsing needs. With the release of macOS Sonoma, Safari received an update, and the spotlight feature was undoubtedly the long-awaited profile support. However, this update brought an unexpected challenge for some users: the disappearance of several extensions right after upgrading to Safari 17 and macOS Sonoma.
If you’re among those experiencing this issue, you’re not alone. In this blog, we’ll walk you through a couple of clever workarounds to help you regain your missing extensions and get Safari back to its full functionality. Keep reading to discover the solutions that can resolve this inconvenience.
How to Resolve Missing Safari 17 Extensions
If you’ve encountered the frustrating issue of your Safari extensions disappearing in Safari 17, don’t worry; we have some effective solutions for you to try. We recommend testing each of the methods below to determine which one works best for your situation. Let’s dive right in.
Solution 1: Refresh Safari Extensions
To begin, try refreshing your Safari extensions by disabling and then re-enabling them. This process can reset the underlying settings and potentially fix the problem you’re facing. Follow these steps to give it a try:
Step 1: Launch Safari and navigate to Settings > Extensions.
Step 2: Uncheck all the extensions listed and then close Safari.
Step 3: After a few seconds, reopen Safari and go back to Settings > Extensions.
Step 4: Re-enable all the extensions you previously unchecked, and observe the results.
By following these steps, you can refresh your Safari extensions, which may resolve the issue of missing extensions in Safari 17. Try this method and see if it restores your extensions to their proper functionality.
Solution 2: Re-Register Safari Extensions
If Solution 1 didn’t work for you, let’s proceed to Solution 2, which involves re-registering your Safari extensions. This process can help restore the proper functionality of your extensions. Follow these steps to re-register your Safari extensions:
Step 1: Go to Launchpad and find the Others folder. From there, open Terminal.
Step 2: In the Terminal window, type in the following command:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -f -R /Applications/Safari.app
This command will initiate the re-registration process for your extensions.
Step 3: Once the command is executed, launch Safari and check to see if your extensions are back to normal.
Re-registering your Safari extensions can often resolve issues where they have disappeared or are not functioning correctly in Safari 17. Give this method a try and see if it restores your extensions as expected.
Solution 3: Use Safari Technology Preview
If you’re still facing issues with missing extensions in Safari 17 after trying the previous solutions, you can consider using Safari Technology Preview as a temporary workaround. As of the time of writing, Safari Technology Preview version 17 is not affected by this problem. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Launch Safari and access the Develop menu.
Step 2: From the Develop menu, select Get Safari Technology Preview.
Step 3: Download and install Safari Technology Preview on your Mac.
Step 4: After installation, launch Safari Technology Preview and sign in using your Apple ID.
Step 5: Your extensions should now be restored and working as expected.
Using Safari Technology Preview can be a viable solution until the issue with Safari 17 is officially resolved. This version should provide you with access to your extensions without any problems. If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties with these instructions, please feel free to leave a comment, and we will assist you promptly.
In conclusion, if you’ve experienced the issue of missing extensions in Safari 17 after upgrading to macOS 14 Sonoma, we’ve provided you with several solutions to address this problem. Remember to try each solution one by one until you find the one that works for your specific situation.
We understand the frustration of missing extensions, and we hope that one of these solutions helps you resolve the issue. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments. We’re here to provide support and solutions to your Safari-related concerns.