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Google’s browser Chrome has been running for a while now and is now the most popular browser. There are good reasons for this: it’s fast, compatible with a lot of software and connects you to the Google ecosystem so that you have access to all your digital stuff. But he can sometimes become slow over time. Closing tabs often helps, but sometimes you have to do more.
Here are therefore a few quick tips to make the browser smooth again. These methods are written for PC environments, but work just as well on mobile devices with Chrome, such as your smartphone or tablet. We start with the most obvious:
Make sure Chrome has all updates installed
Chrome updates automatically unless you never restart the browser and the computer/smartphone is constantly on. In that case, you can run an older version. Restarting should solve this because Google updates Chrome in the background and installs the new version quickly with the restart.
If that is not the case, you can force updates with the settings button and Help> About Chrome . Here you should see that you are running the most recent version, but if that is not the case you can request an update here. On mobile, go to About Chrome to check the version and update your browser via the app store of your device.
Enable hardware acceleration
Graphically demanding tasks are handled by the processor as standard, but these tasks can now also be referred to the GPU, so that the CPU is less burdened. With hardware acceleration, your browser has more breathing space and this option can make Chrome a lot smoother.
Press the Settings button and go to Settings> Advanced> System and enable the Use Hardware acceleration slider if available . By chrome://gputyping in the address bar you see information about which acceleration is possible on your system.
Turn off Chrome extensions
If you’ve been using Chrome for a few years, it might be time to clean up some extensions. Sometimes an outdated extension throws a spanner in the works when you want to load a page and more than once it’s a feature that has since been added to the browser itself. For example, we found an old extension that forced HTTPS – in the current browser becoming superfluous.
To do this, go to the options button and choose More tools> Extensions or type chrome://extensionsin the address bar. On this page, you can also update all extensions with the Update button if you click Developer Mode on the far right. Normally this process is also automatic.
Look critically at your list of extensions. If you are not sure if you need the extension, you can also disable it instead of deleting it. If you subsequently encounter problems, you can re-enable the extension here.
Enable Page Prefetch
By loading pages in advance, you get your content on your screen faster. When you click on a link the browser downloads web pages in advance. This is called Page Prefetch. This certainly does increase the webpage speed, but it consumes more data traffic compared to when this feature is not enabled.
- On the right-side top, click the 3 dots and select Settings from the drop-down window
- Click on Advanced to expand the options and select Privacy and Security
- Turn on Preload pages for faster browsing and searching
Clean the Chrome browser
Remove everything you do not strictly need. While browsing, data is cached to make surfing faster. Ironically, however, a jumble of elements can make Chrome slower, so sometimes it’s a good idea to delete this data. Press the settings button and go to Settings> Advanced> Privacy and security> Clear browsing data.
Under Basic you delete the standard items such as cookies, cached images and possibly your browsing history. Under Advanced you can fine-tune which elements you want to remove or keep so that you can keep for example DRM media licenses and other specific content settings.
In the mobile version, go to Settings> Privacy and scroll to Delete browsing data to do the same on the smartphone.
Reset Chrome browser
This is the ultimate step to speed up your browser. If none of the steps did not work – such as deleting cache data or entire extensions – you can return the browser to the factory settings. Press the settings button and go to Settings> Advanced> Reset.
You reset your browser, but you are not completely back, because Google saved elements such as bookmarks and passwords are retained. The option removes your extensions, cookies and returns the settings to how Chrome is configured by default. This is quite a major intervention for most users, so only do this as the last option.
On mobile devices, you achieve more or less the same by removing the browser and downloading the app again from your app store and installing it.
The following methods are sure ways to increase the web page speed in Google Chrome especially steps like resetting Google Chrome to manufacturer settings, However, some applications and websites may not work well with Google Chrome. In such cases, it is always a better option to have a second browser on your computer.
Also, Google Chrome is not popular when it comes to privacy issues. Browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera browser, Edge or Tor are good as second browsers.