Best 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Google Chrome

why is chrome so slow

Is your Google Chrome browser so low? Don’t be shocked because all programs get slow when overloaded or if they’re faulty. The good thing is that can easily increase the speed of your browser.

Google Chrome may be one of the most popular and effective browsers out there but it too slows down if many processes are running in the background.

However, you can solve the problem and speed up your browser even if you aren’t a tech guru. The following are simple tricks that you can use to boost the speed of your Chrome browser.


1. Clear Browser data

As you continue using your Google Chrome browser, it also saves some data from websites in its cookies and cache. Therefore, you can speed your browser by clearing browser data to create more resources.

Step 1: Open Chrome Browser

Step 2:  Click the “Menu Icon” (three dots at the top right)

Step 3: Click “Menu tools” and move to “Clear browsing data” as shown below

Clear browsing data

Step 4: Once the next screen appears, select “All Time” to delete all data in cookies and cache or choose the time range for what you wanna delete.

Clear browsing data All Time

Step 5: Click “Clear data” on the bottom right and you’re done.


2. Disable or Remove Extensions and Plug-ins

You can increase the functionalities of your Chrome browser by adding extensions. However, these extensions can slow your browser after occupying many resources on your computer.

The following are tips on how you can disable extensions from Chrome.

Step 1: Click “Menu tools) and move to “More tools” as shown below

More tools

Step 2: Once your click on “More Tools”, Scroll down to “Extensions” on the page that appears.

Extensions

Step 3: Select the extensions that you wanna disable and toggle the blue “icon” off. If you wanna get rid of the extension, click the “Remove” option as shown below.

Remove


3. Turn off the Google Chrome notifications

Although Google Chrome allows websites to send users notifications, sometimes they can slow your browser. Therefore, you can increase the speed of your Chrome browser by turning off annoying notifications.

Here are basic steps on how to do it.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and move to the “menu icon” (three dots at the top right)

Step 2: Click on “Settings” and scroll down to “Advanced.”

Step 3: Move to “Content Settings” and click it

Step 4: Scroll the page that appears and select “Notification.”

Step 5: Go to “Ask before sending” and toggle the icon to the left to block the notifications as shown below.

Ask before sending

If you had authorized some websites to send you notifications earlier, you need to remove them.

Step 6: Once you more block notifications, scroll to the bottom of the page to “Allow” and remove or block websites that you had allowed earlier.

Allow and remove


4. Reduce the number of processes

The number of processes running in the background of your Google Chrome browser can make it slow. However, that shouldn’t worry you because you can boost the speed of your browser by reducing the number of processes.

Step 1: Press Shift+Esc keys on your keyboard to launch Chrome Task Manager.

Step 2: Select the process that you wanna end and click “End Process.”

Alternatively, you can use the longer path to reduce the number of processes running in the background of your Chrome browser

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and move to the “menu icon” (three dots at the top right)

Step 2: Click “More Tools”

Step 3: Move to “Task Manager.”

chrome more tools

Step 4: Choose the process or processes that you wanna remove and click “End Process.”

chrome task manager end task

Please note that ending background processes in Chrome will close all the associated tabs. Therefore, you should only end processes that you don’t need.


5. Enable Hardware Acceleration

You can increase the speed of your Chrome browser by enabling hardware acceleration. That way, you not only enhance the speed of your browser but also help other programs run smoothly.

The following are simple steps that you can use to enable hardware acceleration in your Chrome Browser.

Step 1: Go to Chrome “menu icon” (three dots at the top right) and choose “Settings” as shown below.

chromesettings in the address bar.

Alternatively, you can enter “chrome://settingsin the address bar.

Step 2: Once you click “Settings”, a page will appear. Scroll down to the bottom of that page and click the “Advanced” link.

Advanced settings

Step 3: Move down the settings page to “Additional Options”

Step 4: Locate the “Use Hardware Acceleration when available” and toggle the icon on (move it to the right) as shown below.

Google Chrome Hardware Acceleration

Step 5: Close all open tabs and re-launch Google Chrome to actuate changes.


6. Remove Chrome apps that you don’t need

Google Chrome browser allows users to download various apps and use them within the browser. However, it’s good to get rid of the apps that you don’t use to free up resources and boost the speed of your browser.

Step 1: Open a new tab on your Chrome browser

Step 2: Go to the address bar type “chrome://appswithout quotes

chrome

Step 3: Go to the app that you wanna remove, right-click on it and select “Remove from Chrome.”

Remove from Chrome

Step 4: You will get a prompt on your screen to remove the app after selecting “Remove from Chrome.” Click on “Remove” to get rid of the unwanted app.

Click on Remove


7. Reset Google Chrome

One of the most effective approaches that you can use to boost the speed of your Chrome browser is by resetting it. That way, it starts to function as if you have installed it for the first time. Just follow the following steps to reset or restart Google Chrome and improve its speed.

Step 1: Open Chrome Browser

Step 2: Click the “Menu Icon” (three dots at the top right)

Google Chrome Settings Menu

Step 3: Select settings and move to “Advanced” as shown below

Google Chrome Advanced Settings

Step 4: Scroll down the page that appears until you find “reset settings” options

Step 5: Click “Restore settings to their original defaults”

Google Chrome Reset Options

Step 6: Click “Reset Settings” to reset your Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome Reset Settings


8. Speed Tweaks

You can use Speed Tweaks add-on to boost the speed of your Google Chrome browser.

Speed Tweaks

Note that the extension is readily available free of charge. Speed Tweaks uses seven different tweaks to enhance the speed of your browser.

Step 1: Open toolbar popup UI

Step 2: Mark the items or options that you wanna “tweak.” as shown below.

tweak


9. Close the antivirus program

disable virus protection

Installing an antivirus program on your computer gives you a sense of security. However, what you don't know is that antivirus programs can slow other programs on your devices, including your browser.

Well, if your Google Chrome browser is sluggish, you can speed it up by closing the anti-virus program. Doing so doesn’t compromise the safety of your computer because Defender for Windows comes with effective security features.


10. Use the latest Chrome version

Your chrome browser may be slow because it’s outdated. Therefore, it’s good to get the latest version. The following are basic tips on how to update the Google Chrome browser.

Step 1: Open Chrome and click on Menu (three dots at the top right)

Step 2: Scroll down to “Settings.”

Step 3: Go to “About Chrome” and click on it

About Chrome

Step 4: Click on “Update Chrome” as shown below.

Update Chrome option

Conclusion

You can easily boost the speed of your Google Chrome browser and enjoy surfing the internet. All you need to do is use the above tips to solve problems that could be slowing it. It's even better if you combine several approaches because you pay nothing to do it.

What are you waiting for? Make necessary changes on your Chrome browser and access the internet stress-free.

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