Apple was at one time somewhat interested in cornering the browser market. To that end, it made its own browser, Safari, available outside macOS i.e. it was available for Windows. Unfortunately, the browser is no longer being developed for Windows and all traces of it have been removed from Apple’s website.
Safari for Windows 10
While Safari for Windows is no longer being developed, the older versions of the browser are still available from Apple. Finding them is just a bit hard.
Download Safari for Windows, And Install
To install Safari for Windows 10 (or earlier), follow these steps.
- Visit this link and download Safari (Download starts automatically).
- Run the executable file.
- Agree to the EUA and choose if you want to set it as your default browser.
- Click Install.
- The browser will be installed.
This version of Safari is extremely outdated. It was abandoned in 2012 and it fails to load many, many websites. It’s not ideal for browsing and it certainly isn’t ideal for testing a web app.
Websites that do load in this older version of Safari may not be safe. Google is the exception here but websites that are loading likely have not updated their security protocols which is why they’re still accepting a connection from the outdated browser.
If you have a web app that you need to test in Safari, you only have two options; using a Mac or creating a virtual machine and running macOS in it.
Barring these two options, there is no way you will be able to use the test version of Safari for testing or anything else.
Run Safari in Compatibility mode
If you’re determined to use this outdated version of Safari on Windows 10, you can try running it in compatibility mode. There are no guarantees that it will run better since web protocols are involved and they do not care for the compatibility mode.
- Create a desktop shortcut for Safari.
- Right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
- Go to the Compatibility tab.
- Enable the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ option.
- Select an older version of Windows from the dropdown and click Apply.
Safari is a reasonably good browser but this only holds true for its newer versions. Running the outdated Windows version will not give you any benefit that the browser has. In fact, it’s a security risk. It’s worth mentioning that while Safari is the default browser on macOS, not all Mac users use it.
Plenty of users still prefer to use Chrome or Firefox. Safari has a few good extensions but again, this old version will not be able to run any of them.
One final alternative is to fake your user agent and have websites think you’re visiting from Safari.