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7 fixes to make your Chrome run faster

7 fixes to make your Chrome run faster
Patrick Devaney

Patrick Devaney

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If you’ve had more than a couple of Google Chrome tabs open at the same time, you’ve likely had to endure long waits for your web pages to load. It isn’t just your browsing experience neither. Chrome is such a RAM hog that it’ll slow down everything you try to do on your device. The Google Chrome browser is famous for slowing down Androids, iPhones, PCs, and Macs.

Make Chrome go faster

That’s why we’re here. We’re going to show you some of the best ways to make Google Chrome run faster. If Chrome is running slow on your PC, check out some of these little tweaks that could make Chrome faster for you.

Chrome is a young, fast browser that can browse any web page. It supports all major technologies and standards such as HTML5 and Flash.

How to make Google Chrome run faster

Close tabs

Too many Google Chrome tabs

The reason Chrome is so quick to slow everything down is that it needs a lot of memory to do its thing. Chrome is a famous RAM sink. This means that having multiple tabs open at once will multiply Chrome’s famous ability to hog up all of your system’s memory. You’ll have probably noticed that whenever Chrome takes longer to load pages you probably have more tabs open than you’re actually using. Closing these tabs will free up system memory and could get your web browser and computer running at full speed again.

Delete unnecessary Chrome extensions

Chrome extensions

This one works in a similar way to tabs. If you have extensions that you’re not really using running in the background ,they’ll be using your system’s resources. This will slow Chrome but also other operations on your PC too. You might even have Chrome plugins installed on your Google Chrome browser that you can’t even remember installing in the first place. Get rid of them and see how much faster things start to work again.

To remove Chrome extensions type chrome://extensions/ into the address bar and hit Enter. You’ll now see a list of all the plugins you have installed on your version of Google Chrome. You’ll see a little toggle switch next to each of them telling you if that particular extension is active or not. All you need to do is hit Remove on every Chrome extension you don’t use, and Chrome will uninstall it.

Update Google Chrome

Google Chrome up to date

Chrome might be running slow for you because you’re not running the latest version of the Google browser. Chrome should keep itself updated, but often it won’t so you might have to update Chrome manually. There is no CTRL key shortcut to open Chrome Settings so to check if your version of Google Chrome is up to date you need to type chrome://settings into the address bar and hit Enter, or hit the three-dot icon in the top-right and click Settings. You then need to hit the About Chrome option. This will take you to the screen that will tell you whether you have the latest version of Google Chrome or not and give you the option to update.

Use the Google Chrome prefetch feature

Google prefetch feature Chrome

Chrome has a prefetch feature that will make web pages load faster than they would on other browsers. Basically, prefetch will preload the web pages you’re visiting using cookies that Chrome has collected during previous visits. This allows you to browse through familiar web pages much quicker than usual.

To enable prefetch again type chrome://settings into the address bar and hit Enter. Then scroll down and hit the Advanced option to open up the Advanced settings menu. You’ll see the Privacy and security box is the first part of the new extended menu. You want to activate the toggle switch next to the Preload pages for faster browsing and searching option to enable prefetch.

Use the Chrome Software Removal tool

Chrome cleanup tool

Google Chrome on Windows has a pretty decent cleanup tool, which will help you get rid of any malware or potentially unwanted programs that could be causing Chrome to run slowly.

To run the Chrome cleanup tool, you need to once again open the Chrome settings menu and extend the Advanced settings menu. Then scroll right to the bottom of the page until you come to the Reset and clean up options. Hitting the clean up computer option will give you the option to Find harmful software. Hitting the Find button will search out for any potential problems and remove them.

Reset Chrome settings

Reset Chrome

All the system-wide searches in the world won’t find anything if the problem is in Chrome itself. Malware and viruses could have taken hold in your version of Chrome causing all manner of problems from serving up annoying ads in your Google searches to slowing Chrome down to a crawl. Get rid of any in-browser problems by resetting Chrome.

The Chrome reset button is found just above the Chrome cleanup tool. Navigate to the Advanced settings menu then to the very bottom of the screen and hit Restore settings to their original defaults to reset Chrome. Don’t worry though, it won’t delete your bookmarks. Once you’ve done this relaunch Chrome and when it loads it could be working more quickly.

Clear the Chrome cache data

Clear Chrome cache

The reset option is like the nuclear option. It will reset your startup page, new tab page, default search engine, and pinned tabs. On top of that, resetting Chrome will also disable all your extensions, and clear your temporary data. Another option, however, that could make Chrome run faster without affecting so many other settings, is clearing your cache. This could make move more quickly as you could have cached images going back years hogging up your disk space, could, in turn, be slowing down Google Chrome.

To clear your cache, you again want to show Advanced settings and scroll down to the bottom option in the Privacy and security box. Here you’ll find the Clear browsing data option. You’ll be able to delete your Browsing historyDownload historyCookies, and Cached images and files among other options. If you’re PC doesn’t have much space, clearing out unnecessary files like this one could speed things up a little.

Wrapping up

We’ve shown you seven ways to make your Chrome browser run faster. All of these methods are carried out within Google Chrome itself. This assumes that the problem is to do with Chrome. It could be a memory issue, however, or you might not have enough space on your hard drive for programs to run as efficiently as they should. This means if the methods we’ve shown you today don’t work, you should run system-wide checks too, to try and find the problem. You can see a guide on how to make Windows run faster here.

Patrick Devaney

Patrick Devaney

Patrick Devaney is a news reporter for Softonic, keeping readers up to date on everything affecting their favorite apps and programs. His beat includes social media apps and sites like Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. Patrick also covers antivirus and security issues, web browsers, the full Google suite of apps and programs, and operating systems like Windows, iOS, and Android.

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