Does Safari Take Time to Load Webpages? Here’s a Fix !

Have you ever noticed that even though your network connection is quite fast, it takes ages to load webpages in Safari? Now, people will argue that it is the Safari browser which causes all sorts of trouble but this is not quite true. For example, Chrome for Mac uses a lot of RAM than Safari and hence the performance can be slow. Next, people will say that the extensions are the culprit. However, extensions such as Adblock Plus are quite useful when it comes to blocking most of the unnecessary ads on webpages.

Let me show you how to make Safari run as it is meant to be using some simple steps. Firstly, let’s see how to clean the cache and cookies:

  1. Install a cleaning app such as CCleaner (I have used CCleaner for this procedure) and make sure Safari is not running.
  2. Open CCleaner and on the “Cleaner” tab, under “Safari”, check “Internet Cache” and  “Cookies”. These need to be definitely checked but other ones can also be checked if required.
  3. Then click on “Run Cleaner”
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Figure 1 : CCleaner Window


The next few steps involves tweaking Java settings.

  1. Open “System Preferences” and click on “Java”.
  2. When the “Java Control Panel” opens, “General” tab.
  3. Then, click on “Network Settings…”.
  4. Finally, when the “Network Settings” window is opened, select “Direct connection” instead of “Use browser settings” and click on “OK on both “Network Settings” and on “Java Control Panel” windows.
  5. Quit “System Preferences”.
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Figure 2 : Java Control Panel and Network Settings windows

When you open Safari again, you will surely notice the difference in loading speeds of webpages. Hope this helps.

Are Those Apps Really Necessary?

I am sure all of you know that the base storage of Apple iPhone 7 is 32 GB but what if you’re still using that iPhone 6s of yours (running iOS 10.1), which is stated to have 16 GB of storage but actually has 11.88 GB of usable storage space? Take a look at the graph given below:

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Figure 1 : Market Share for Each iPhone [1]

I guess there is no need to be surprised to see that there is a percentage of slightly more than 20% of iPhone 6S users when compared to that of iPhone 7 considering the huge price tag of the latest flagship phone, which means that there is a large number of people who still use iPhone 6S or 6S Plus.

Now let’s take a look at the amount of storage required for most commonly used iPhone apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox and YouTube.

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Figure 2 : Facebook for iOS

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Figure 3 : Twitter for iOS

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Figure 4 : Dropbox for iOS

 

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Figure 5 : YouTube for iOS

 

Take a closer look at the sizes of the apps given above. Facebook for example has a size of 276 MB and it seems to be getting increased in each update of the app ! Also, there is some space of the device storage that is being used to store content such as pictures, links and video clips every time an app is in use, which is called “App cache”. This is stored in “Documents & Data” in your iPhone. The only way to clear this cache is to uninstall and reinstall the app.

Therefore, in order to save that precious space of your iPhone for your photos, music, email and other apps, why not try using the web version of apps such as Facebook and Twitter on Safari instead? Let me explain how you could do that.

  1. First, open Safari on your iPhone.
  2. On the Address bar, type “www.facebook.com” or “www.youtube.com”
  3. Tap on the icon at the bottom-centre and then tap on “Add to Favorites”

 

After finishing the browsing session, tap on “Settings” and then scroll down till you find “Safari”. Tap on that and then scroll down till you find “Clear History and Website Data” and then tap on that. Finally, switch the phone off and leave it for about five minutes and switch it back on.

If you no longer feel that apps such as Facebook and Twitter are no longer necessary, remove them and perform a “Backup & Restore” for your iPhone. More details can be found here : http://wp.me/p4kqiM-cq

 

References :

[1] Forbes Welcome. 2016. Forbes Welcome. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/09/19/iphone-7-first-weekend-sales/#15540f276ba1. [Accessed 13 November 2016].

Slow Mac after OS X Yosemite Update? Fear not !

When I installed OS X Yosemite, my first impressions were : “WOW”, “Amazing”. But two after the installation, my MacBook started to get slow. There was heavy Ram usage. Oh, I almost forgot. Just after the installation, web pages in Safari were loading so slow. Since so many people are having these issues with the new operating system released by Apple, I thought of sharing the methods that I used to get them resolved.

Apple MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite [1]

Apple MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite [1]

Solution for slow loading of web pages in Safari

  1. Go to Macintosh HD in Finder and open Library.
  2. Open “Launch Agents” and “Launch Daemons” (one at a time).
  3. See whether there is anything related to “Parallels”. If there are any “Parallels” files, move them to Trash.
  4. Empty the trash.

Voila ! Safari is now fast, eh?

Alright. The next was the most painful thing. Slow computer…OMG !! There was heavy RAM usage in the Activity Monitor. Three processes, namely “coreaudiod”, “identityservicesd” and “callservicesd” were not responding. I contacted Apple Support and they asked me to do a Disk Repair and Permissions Repair but the problem persisted. Then they asked me to do a clean install. Well, this was frustrating since I did not have a backup of my hard drive. I did not give up. Googled the issue and found out so many people are having the issue.

Luckily, I found out that in Audio Midi Setup under Utilities, there was a Digi CoreAudio device which I had no clue from where it got there. This problem can arise if you had Pro Tools installed in your Mac.

Audio MIDI Setup in Mac OS [2]

Solution for heavy RAM usage and non-responding services

  1. Find Digidesign CoreAudio.plugin in the following path : /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL
  2. Delete the plug-in and remove it from the trash.
  3. Reboot the system.

My laptop was fast after taking these steps. Goodbye “Not responding” processes ! This also solved the issue where the dock remains when I shut down my Mac, which terminates the shut down process and I had to force shut down.

N.B. There might be an audio device with a different name, in which case, you need to remove the plug-in associated with it. However, the path for finding it will be the same.

I hope this post helps for the people waiting to get these issues solved.

References

[1] MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: http://1.design-milk.com/images/2014/06/osx_design_spotlight_your_files1.jpg. [Accessed 11 November 2014].

[2] Audio MIDI Setup in Mac OS. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: https://cdn.tutsplus.com/audio/uploads/legacy/qt_089_multiple/image01.png. [Accessed 05 November 2014].