If you’re a Mac user, then you probably are a big fan of the Safari browser that comes with macOS. The Apple made browser has come a long way and is great when it comes to RAM management. It is also lightweight and works great across iOS and macOS.

You can sync everything across all your devices as well. However, there are times when the browser will just not work or keep crashing or get stuck. At times like these, you will be obviously be very frustrated, but no need to panic or worry.

Sometimes, when you try to launch the Safari browser, you may be greeted by a message saying ‘Safari is being updated’. When this happens, there are chances that you may run into the issue of the browser getting stuck. It will not load and will be stuck at the message.

This usually happens because the update package for the browser failed to fully download and install. In this post, we will tell you how to fix the ‘Safari is being updated’ message on your Mac.

1. Force Quit and Restart

The first thing to do when the Safari browser is displaying this message, is to restart your Mac. You will need to Force Quit the browser and then turn off your Mac by hitting Shut down. After your Mac has shutdown, turn it back on by pressing the Power button.

Now check if the Safari issue has been fixed. It it hasn’t, then try other solutions below.

2. Check Safari Update Package

As mentioned before, sometimes the update package for Safari will fail to download fully. This could happen because of a bad network connection or error. In this case, the update will not fully install and you will be shown this message when you try to launch Safari. You will have to check the Safari update package to see if it has fully downloaded.

To locate the update package, follow the steps below:

1. Open Finder and Select the ‘Go’ option on the taskbar.

2. Click on Computer and then select Macintosh HD.

3. Select the Library folder.

4. In Library, look for Updates.


5. Now search for a file called Safari.pkg.

6. If the file is still present, then this means that the update hasn’t installed properly.

7. Click on the package to see if it installs again.

8. If it worked, then you will see a Success message.

Now restart your Mac and check if Safari is working. If it is, then you can delete the update package. If not, move to the next step.

3. Check Device Storage

An update may fail to install if your device storage is full. In this case, the update will not download properly and the update package will be broken or corrupted. You can check your storage to see if there’s enough space to download updates. To do this, follow the steps below:

Click the Apple Menu, select About this Mac and check the Storage Tab. If the device storage is full, then you will not be able to download and install the update. You can clear the trash or remove unused apps and try to see if Safari downloads again.

Clearing the trash will also provide more memory for your Mac, which means that apps will perform better. You can also check the memory usage in the Activity Monitor app that comes with macOS.

Restart your Mac and check if Safari reinstalls and whether the error is fixed. It should be fixed if the problem was with the downloaded update package. If not, try out the next steps.

4. Check Safari Package Content

In the Applications folder on your Mac, check the contents of the Safari package and try to launch it. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Open Finder and click on Applications on the left hand pane.

2. Look for Safari.

3. Right Click and select Show Package Contents.

Show Package Contents

4. In Contents, look for MacOS.

5. Look for the Safari file and open it.


6. A Terminal window should pop-up and Safari should force open.

If Safari launched by itself, then the problem is solved. However, if it gets stuck with the same message, then maybe you need to clear the App Store.

5. Clear App Store

According to some users, clearing the temporarily downloaded App Store files and disabling auto-download of updates, seems to fix Safari is being updated error. Here’s how to clear the App Store.

1. Head back to the Macintosh HD folder.

2. Navigate to Updates under Library.

3. Delete the Safari Package and other packages.

Once you have done this, it’s time to turn off auto-updating of apps. To do this:

1. Open the App Store.

2. Click on the App Store option on the menu bar and select Preferences.

Uncheck Automatic updates

3. Uncheck auto-updates.

Now restart your Mac and launch the App Store once again. Check if there are any updates available for Safari.

6. Update iTunes and macOS

If there are any updates available for macOS or iTunes, then you may want to install them and then see if Safari works. At times, if the latest update isn’t installed, then Safari will fail to launch or keep crashing because of incompatibility. It is always good to keep macOS and all the apps up to date.

Check if your Mac has a software update available by clicking on the Apple Icon, then selecting About this Mac > Software Update. Instead of a software update, you may have to install a security update for Safari to work properly.

You can also try to update iTunes to the latest version and checking if that fixed the problem.

7. Reinstall macOS and Safari

Hopefully it won’t come to this, but if none of the above methods work, then you may have to reinstall macOS. This will install a fresh copy of Safari as well, and that should very much fix the problem. To reinstall macOS, you will have to restart your Mac in Recovery mode by pressing Command+R buttons while switching it on.

Reinstalling macOS will not erase any data on your device, but it is always a good idea to keep a backup.