Safari 15 Issues: YouTube Bookmarks Crash Browser, Some Websites Fail to Load on macOS Catalina

macOS Monterey is set to be released later this year with Safari 15, with key new features including redesigned tabs, grouped tabs, automatic switching of sites from HTTP to more secure HTTPS when available, faster performance, improved security, and more. Apple also released Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina last week.

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Unfortunately, some customers have experienced a few issues with Safari 15, which we've highlighted in more detail below.

YouTube Bookmarking Issue

On both macOS Big Sur and the macOS Monterey beta, it appears that attempting to bookmark a YouTube page in Safari 15 results in the browser crashing.


The issue was demonstrated with a video shared by YouTube channel Krazy Wabbit. As a temporary workaround, the video notes that users can create a bookmarks folder for YouTube videos and then drag YouTube pages into the folder in the Safari sidebar.

Page Loading Issue on macOS Catalina

On macOS Catalina, some users across the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors Forums, Reddit, and Twitter have reported that some websites fail to load in Safari 15, with affected users receiving an "a problem repeatedly occurred" error message.


Affected users said that disabling JavaScript solves the problem by clicking on Safari in the macOS menu bar > Preferences… > Security and unchecking the Enable JavaScript box, but this is not an ideal solution. Fortunately, it appears that users can permanently address the issue by reinstalling Safari 15 with a package from Apple's servers. (Note that this update is only for users on macOS Catalina and it should not be installed on other operating system versions.)

Related Roundup: macOS Monterey
Tag: Safari

Top Rated Comments

eicca Avatar
16 weeks ago
I'm fairly certain Apple devs don't actually use their own products anymore. Not just show-stopping bugs, but persistent significant issues that go unfixed for months or even years at a time.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MakeAppleAwesomeAgain Avatar
16 weeks ago
Besides the bugs, I really hate the tab bar UI. It’s Apple unworthy.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
16 weeks ago
I remain astounded that Safari 15 was even shipped.

I expect this to remain an issue for months, much like discoveryd was in the Yosemite/iOS 8 era until the engineer in charge of that fiasco was fired and mDNSResponder was brought back.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jim Lahey Avatar
16 weeks ago
Standard Apple these days. Bugs everywhere you look. Too busy worrying about social justice issues and prying into their employees’ personal medical affairs.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Agent47 Avatar
16 weeks ago
What is Federighi and his team doing? Eight betas of iOS 15 and its full of bugs, a buggy browser update, I mean come on. He's either grossly incompetent as a leader or is too nice and needs to really enforce some discipline at Apple and the software team, and go out and find some better talent. There was a day when you used Apple because it "just worked." Now we just hope it works.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kung gu Avatar
16 weeks ago
Is it just me or Apple lately has been having a lot of software and hardware issues lately??

I switched to Windows on my 16" MBP from macOS and Windows feels quicker and smoother.

oh and Edge is WAY better than safari.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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