How to Speed Up Your Google Chrome Browser

One of the most popular web browsers users love is Google Chrome, yet in spite of all the feature updates and bug-fixes, Chrome can be slow at times because of some of its features, extensions or applications. In this post we will know the various ways to speed up your Chrome.

  1. Type “ chrome://extensions” in your Chrome’s location bar. Alternatively, you can go to Chrome’s Options > More tools > Extensions.
  2. Untick the Enabled to the extensions you want to disable, or click the Trashicon to delete the extension.

2. Disable Unnecessary Plugins

Plugins are much like extensions. They provide extended functionalities to the browser. Chrome comes with few built-in plugins provided by Google (like Chrome PDF Viewer, Native Client, etc.), and may carry plugins by other software installed in your computer. Plugins, like extensions, can slow down the browser and clog memory and network resources.

To disable plugins you do not need:

  1. Type “chrome://plugins” in your Chrome’s address bar.
  2. Click Disable to disable the plugin you no longer need.

3. Remove Unnecessary Web Apps

Google Chrome is not just a web browser. It’s also an application platform for web apps. It can run locally-installed web apps written using HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. While web apps don’t load resources like websites do, if you don’t need them, shed them.

To remove unnecessary web apps:

  1. Type “chrome://apps” in your Chrome’s address bar or click Apps on the Bookmarks bar
  2. Right-click the app you want to remove, select Remove from Chrome…, and click the Remove button to confirm the removal

4. Enable Prefetch Resources

Google Chrome comes with many intelligent features such as network prediction, spelling correction, resource preloader, etc. Resource pre-fetcher or preloader provides intelligent suggestions about the pages or links the user is most likely to open next, loading those pages/links in the background before you actually open them.

To enable the prefetch feature in Chrome browser:

  1. Head over to Chrome’s Options > Settings > Show advanced settings…
  2. Check the “Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly” option.

Enable Secret Hacks

Google Chrome packs many secret and experimental features under its hood. These are experiments by the Chrome’s developer team – some may not be built for novice users, some may not work for some devices, and some may not be good for your computer too.

But lucky for us there are some experiments that are useful enough to boost the browser’s page-loading and rendering engines.

Again, some of them may not work for some devices, and if you find yourself in a situation like this, just undo the hack to go back to normal.

5. Experimental Canvas Features

Experimental Canvas Features allow the Chrome to make use of opaque canvases to amplify the loading times and boost performance.

To enable experimental canvas features:

  1. Go to “chrome://flags/#enable-experimental-canvas-features“.
  2. Click on Enable and then Relaunch Now button

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