Chrome has been my desktop web browser of choice for a while now. Whether I use a Mac or Windows, I need Chrome and its many services to run my workflow. However, I decided to switch to Safari to answer this simple question: how hard is it really to get out of Google Chrome? The short answer is – very. That is why I made a point by point comparison and summarized my thoughts in the following points below. Let’s see how Safari compares to Chrome on MacBook.
Safari vs Chrome on Mac
I will compare the latest versions of both web browsers as these were the ones I used during testing. Safari comes installed on macOS 12 Monterey and Google Chrome 91.
Right off the bat, Chrome has the best extensions of the two. This is one of the reasons Safari lags behind because creating and implementing an extension is much easier in Chrome than it is in Safari. To name a few, I use uBlock origin, Hoverzoom +, and Stayfocusd to optimize my workflow. When I switched to Safari, I couldn’t find a comparable extension from Chrome’s counterparts. However, Safari has a good number of extensions, but the number is much less than Chrome.
So in summary, if you depend on a lot of Chrome extensions, you might have a hard time switching to Safari.
2. Press Tab to search
Using Chrome, there were a lot of little features that took hold in my workflow, and the switch to Safari made me realize how much I was using them. For example, whenever I need to quickly search for a website, I just type the website name and hit the tab button to search the website instead of Google. It saves me a few clicks and it’s worth it. This feature is not found in Safari.
The next feature is a bit strange. It only affects my workflow so it may not be relevant to you, but you should mention it. Whenever I need to paste a link to a web page, I Google it and copy the link from the Google search results page and paste it directly over a selected text in WordPress or Google Docs.
When using Chrome, right-clicking and copying a link directly from Google search results actually returns the site link without the Google Search tracking details. However, when you do the same in Safari, it copies the redirect link from Google. This means that if you need to copy a link from a Google search results page, you must first click the link, wait for it to load, and then copy the link from the address bar. It is unnecessarily inconvenient.
3. Battery life
As much as I like Chrome, it certainly uses a lot of battery power, and no other browser can beat the level of optimization that Safari offers. Chrome generates separate instances for each tab and allocates resources to background processes and extensions. This is why Chrome is constantly craving for resources and memory, resulting in poor battery life and sometimes even computer performance.
Safari, on the other hand, has improved the already watertight optimizations and offers a significant increase in battery life. The Mac I tested both Chrome and Safari on performed considerably well when I used Safari. The difference was significant and visible.
4. Privacy and security
Both Chrome and Safari provide a flawless security infrastructure while browsing the Internet. However, privacy is an entirely different ball game. Apple and Google are polar opposites when it comes to user privacy. For example, Safari offers built-in options to block cookies, prevent cross-site tracking, and hide your IP address from websites and trackers.
Although both Chrome and Safari have private and incognito browsing modes, Google Chrome don’t hide your identity while browsing the Internet. That is, advertisers could still profile you and track your whereabouts.
5. Reader mode
When Safari does something right, it is worth mentioning. The reader mode in Safari is a nice addition and elevates the experience when you want to read your bookmarked websites. It’s intuitive, it works with a single click, and it’s really easy on the eye. Chrome, unfortunately, does not have this built-in feature.
Verdict: Safari vs Chrome on Mac
Safari and Chrome are some of the most popular browsers for Mac. Chrome is famous for its ease of use. Safari is better in the area of privacy with its tracking blocking and IP hiding features. However, my question at the beginning of this article was why is it so difficult to get out of Google? The answer is that Chrome definitely makes your life easier by offering real solutions to existing problems. The “press tab to search” on a website is a godsend. There is an extension for almost everything. However, it lacks privacy.
So if you need a reason to switch to Safari, then it’s privacy and optimization on Mac. Everything else is manageable in both browsers. What is your opinion? Do you agree with my conclusion? Let me know on Twitter.
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