On Safari MacBook Pro 2021 (macOS version 12.3), when I open a new tab and I start typing something in the address bar and then I press return, Google appears and then disappears automatically; bringing me back to the new empty tab. This sometimes happens a lot, sometimes happens occasionally, it is like random. It is annoying.

Even if it does not happen, and I am in Google page, when I click on any link on Google, Safari brings me back to the initial Google page and not to the website that I am supposed to go to after my click.

I do not know what is the problem here and how to fix it.

I cleared the history but the same issue is still present.

  • Are you hitting the touchbar without realising it? Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 0:02
  • I am using Macbook Pro 2021 without a touchbar. I think it is a Safari bug as I did not notice this on Chrome until now.
    – zdm
    Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 1:20
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    Happens to me quite often. Noticed it on both MacBook Pro 2022 14/16". Commented Apr 18, 2022 at 8:26
  • If you switch to a different search engine like duck duck go, does the issue persist?
    – bmike
    Commented Jun 18, 2022 at 11:26

2 Answers 2


There is an ongoing problem with iCloud. I've personally reported it already and I think that everyone who experiences this problem should also.

Current workaround is to disable safari sync in iCloud. I've not had problems since, but you'll loose the sync capability.

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    Thx for your response but this is not an answer to the question and should be included at best as a comment as described at the Why and how are some answers deleted? forum support webpage. If you don't have enough points to write a comment, pls wait until you have enough reputation points.
    – Alper
    Commented Jun 20, 2022 at 0:44

The same happens to me so I read this link

Safari keeps closing newly opened tabs, re-opening the tabs that I just closed or navigates back when using with Tab Group

My best idea is this relates to the new Tab Groups feature. Rather than open a support case with apple for support, I reported it (via this form https://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html).

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    There’s a hunch here that might even be right. Hopefully someone that has this can open a support case and provide an answer. I’m sure this is affecting some people, but no where in the question is a reproducible set of steps. Hard to tell if operator error, people don’t understand the feature or it’s a proper bug @Alper worse, if it’s a bug, it might depend on search engine / settings and what that returns.
    – bmike
    Commented Jun 18, 2022 at 11:25

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