Anyone who knows Google Chrome knows the value extensions can bring. For years, extensions have improved the browsing experience by adding new features not available by default. Although Safari has lagged behind its Chromium competition, it made a giant leap in 2018 with Safari 12. Now available primarily through the macOS App Store, these are the best extensions for Safari you can download in 2020.
1. Honey for Safari
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Multitasking while browsing or working online is everyone’s favorite online pastime. Thanks to the popular Safari PiPer extension, you can easily do this using the default macOS browser. Once installed, this extension allows you to place a video in the corner of your screen so that you can continue working while playing sideways. Available for Apple TV +, Disney +, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Twitch, and more, this must-have add-on is free. Want to watch in silence? Closed captioning is supported when you are in picture-in-picture mode.
3. Turn off the lights
Another popular Safari extension related to video, Turn the lights off is a great extension for watching videos without distraction. While PiPer hopes you multitask, Turn Off the Lights encourages you to focus on video only by turning off all distracting elements around the video screen. Essentially, everything except the video turns dark, completely emphasizing what you are watching. Just click on the light bulb icon that appears in Safari, and everything except the video darkens. Click on it once more and everything will return to normal. YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Video, and DailyMotion are just a few of the compatible sites.
4. Tab Suspender for Safari
Anyone who lives in a web browser all day has at one time or another thought about memory management. Google Chrome has long been considered a RAM hog on the Mac, while Safari is generally considered to be less resource intensive. However, Safari has websites that take a lot of memory, so Tab Suspender for Safari can take care of this situation. By putting Safari tabs to sleep, Tab Suspender allows users to focus on the tabs of their choice while others live in the background. When hanging tabs are sleeping, they no longer use up valuable resources and no longer reduce battery life. For anyone using a Mac with limited RAM, this extension could be a lifesaver.
5.1Blocker for Safari
Say goodbye to intrusive ads, hidden trackers and other annoying aspects of the web with 1Blocker for Safari. During installation, turn on a few switches and you can experience the web again. Completely native to Safari, 1Blocker does not drain resources and does not take up valuable battery life when running in the background. This extension is so powerful that the developer claims that it can load websites on average two to five times faster than sites running without it. One of the most popular ad blockers on iOS, 1Blocker should be one of the first Safari extensions you download on any new Mac.
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Whether you write a little or write your first novel through the browser, Grammar is a must for all Safari users. Checking your writing for misspelled words or grammatical errors, Grammarly is like a reincarnation of your high school English teacher. One of the most valuable extensions on all browsers, Grammarly is used by millions of people on smartphones, web browsers, computers and tablets. Whether you want an extra set of “eyes” to check on your work or just a little bit of peace of mind, Grammarly is the best app to make sure you write your best.
7. In Translator
One of Chrome’s hidden gems is the ability to automatically translate a website into another language. As a translator brings the same functionality straight to Safari with a free trial, then a $ 1.99 purchase. Using Google Translate as the backbone, simply click on the Safari menu browser extension button and choose the selected language (s). When you have entered your languages, click the “Translate Now” button, wait a few seconds and you get an instant translation. With support for dozens of languages, the simple design offers virtually no learning curve, and you can translate as often as you want, when you want.
There’s a good chance Safari will never compete with Google Chrome or Firefox for the depth of its library of extensions. Fortunately, this isn’t necessary as Safari Extensions are available for almost any purpose you need, and more. Don’t forget to check out the best Safari tips to improve your user experience.
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