How to Download and Install Safari

By Techwalla Internet Editor

As Apple's latest and most sophisticated Web browser, Safari offers Macintosh users a number of new features. This includes increased compatibility with Web sites and Web applications, improved functionality and browsing speeds, and the ability to subscribe to and read RSS feeds. While most new Apple computers will come with Safari already installed, users of older Apple models will often have to download and install Safari themselves. But don't worry. It shouldn't take long for you to download and install a free version of Safari on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Access
  • Macintosh Computer Running OS 10.4 or later

Download Safari

Step 1

Open up your current Web browser and go to Apple's main Web site (see Resources below).

Step 2

Click on the heading 'Support' at the top of the page and go to the sub-heading 'Downloads.'

Step 3

Type in 'Safari' in the search box provided on the right hand side of the page.

Step 4

Browse through your search results until you find one that says 'Download Safari Update 2.0.1' and click on the link.

Step 5

Click on the blue download icon after reading through the necessary system requirements. This will start the download process.

Install Safari

Step 1

Locate the SAFARI.DMG icon on your desktop and double-click on it. This will unstuff the file and create a SAFARI.PKG icon.

Step 2

Click on the SAFARI.PKG icon. This will initiate the installation software.

Step 3

Enter your username and password in the Authentication window and click 'OK'.

Step 4

Read through the welcome menu and the Software License Agreement and click 'Continue' when you are done.

Step 5

Accept the terms of the Software License Agreement by clicking 'Agree.'

Step 6

Choose the destination disk where you would like to install Safari and press 'Continue.'

Step 7

Click on the 'Install' button to perform the basic installation. Wait for the software to fully install and press 'Close' to complete the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the download page on Apple's Web site for Safari software updates (see Resources below).
  • Make sure that you change the settings on your computer to make Safari your default Internet browser. You can do this by going to the Internet Preferences window and changing the browser under the 'Web' heading.
  • Go to the 'Help' window for extra support and help using Safari. You can also visit the Safari Discussion Forum (see Resources below).
  • For added security, Safari offers users the option of blocking pop-up windows entirely.
  • The steps in this guide were written for Safari 2.0 and may not be applicable to other versions of the browser.
  • Safari's installation software will not run if your computer does not meet the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Safari 2.0 requires a computer running OS 10.4 (Tiger) or later.