Google chrome slow? Here’s how to speed it up easily

Google Chrome is undoubtedly the most popular browser with more than 60% of internet users using it for their daily browsing. Designed for security and fast browsing experience, Chrome also has issues like slow page loading and slower performance especially when switching tabs.Here are some tips to fix Google Chrome slow page loading issue and speed up your browsing.

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The problem can be caused by various reasons, ranging from incorrect settings to a faulty extension. Depending on the situation, try the following options to improve the page loading speed in Google Chrome.

1. Chrome Cleanup Tool for Windows

Google has a dedicated cleanup tool to scan and remove malware and spyware causing issues with the Chrome browser. Previously, this was offered as a separate tool that you could download from the Chrome website. However, this tool is now part of Chrome settings and is only available for Windows PCs. Scan your PC with this tool and remove problematic software codes to speed up Chrome.

Go to chrome://settings/cleanup URL in the address bar and click the “Search” button against the “Find harmful software” option. Chrome will start scanning your PC and remove problematic software codes to speed up browsing.

2. DNS resolution issue

Before we get to browser-specific issues, the most general issue for slow page loading is incorrect DNS resolution. If you frequently notice the message “Resolving host..” on your browser’s status bar, switching to public DNS may help fix it.

Open the site in another browser like Firefox, IE or Safari and check the loading speed of the site. If it loads slowly in all browsers, the possible cause here could be your DNS settings.

If you see messages like “waiting for fonts.googleapis.com” or “waiting for ajax.googleapis.com”, there could be many other reasons for the page loading to be slow.

3. Clear Browser History

Over time, there will be lots of unnecessary history files accumulated slowing down browser performance. Open the “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” URL command in the address bar to see the “Clear browsing data” pop-up window.

Go to the “Advanced” tab and choose “All the time” from the drop-down list to clear browsing history as soon as the browser installation begins. Click the “Clear Data” button to remove all browser files that may be causing the slowness.

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Note : You can also clear browser history from the “More tools > Clear browsing data…” settings menu. Also, you may experience the slow loading of the page the first time after the history is cleared due to the cleaning of cookies and CSS. The page load speed will improve from the next time you open the same page.

4. Disable plugins (for Chrome version <57)

Plugins are additional external applications that help improve the functions of Chrome Browser. There are many possibilities that one of the installed plugins could affect the speed of Chrome. The easiest way to check this is to open the page in incognito mode, if it loads faster the cause here could be browser plugins, extensions or cache. You can view installed plugins by using “chrome://plugins/” URL as below:

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Disable all plugins listed and clear browser history as explained in point 2 above. Load any web page and check if it loads faster than before.

Note: The plugins option will only be available on Chrome version below 57. You will not see the plugins option in the higher version, instead you can disable extensions as mentioned in the next section.

5. Disabling Extensions

Similar to plugins, extensions are also additional applications installed on the browser. Open the URL “chrome://extensions/” to display the list of extensions and disable everything.

Now open any web page to check if the slowness is caused by extensions. If the page loads faster, enable extensions one by one to narrow down which one is causing the problem.

6. Disable Hardware Acceleration

Open Chrome and navigate to the “chrome://settings” URL. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on the “Advanced” option. In the “System” section, clear the “Use hardware acceleration when available” checkbox.

Close and reopen your browser to check if the page load speed is improved.

7. Delete bookmarks

Do you have a lot of bookmarked pages? There is a known bug where a large bookmark slows performance, especially when opening a new tab. Export all your bookmarks and delete them from the browser. Check the speed and if there is no improvement, you can re-import the bookmarks.

8. Check your Chrome install version

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Always keep your browser updated and if the slow page loading continues in the latest version of Chrome, the option is to uninstall Chrome and test the beta version. The beta release of Chrome ships with the latest features a month before the stable release.

Also make sure you have installed the correct version of Chrome 64-bit or 32-bit depending on your operating system.

9. Check antivirus and firewall settings

Antivirus and firewall settings can also slow down Chrome. Disable your antivirus and firewall settings, then check that the page loads faster. Some firewall applications need the application to be authorized before sending and receiving from the network. So check your app and make sure the Chrome app is allowed through the firewall settings.

10. Enable Network Predictions

The network prediction service allows Chrome to preload linked pages on the webpage. So when the page is loaded, all connected links will be automatically preloaded by Chrome. Again, when you click on one of the links on the page, Chrome will load the content faster because it’s already been prefetched.

Go to the URL “chrome://settings/privacy” and enable the option “Use a prediction service to load pages faster” in the “Privacy and security” section. Close all browser windows and reopen Chrome to check the page load speed.

Warning: Sometimes enabling network prediction can slow down Chrome. Check the speed of web pages and disable this option if it is a problem.

11. Processes Consuming Closed Memory

One of the main reasons for the lower speed is that many other processes running on other tabs are taking up available memory. This will cause memory reduction for the new loading page and even cause a crash with errors like “Aw, Snap!” “. Click on “More (three dots in the upper right corner) > More tools > task manager”. You will see “Task Manager” showing all running browser processes. You can sort processes by memory.

Select the memory consuming process and click the “End Process” button to kill the page. This can result in an “Aw, Snap!” “” on the tab that you killed the process. Now that the occupied but unused memory is cleared and the new page can use that memory to load faster.

Note : Similar to browser processes, there will be apps and programs running in the background on your PC or Mac. These unused programs will also occupy your computer’s memory and slow down the browser. So, if you notice that the browser is very slow, clean your computer’s memory first.

12. Close several unused tabs

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Some users are used to using the browser with a large number of open tabs. Every tab opened on the browser will basically occupy the memory. This can be seen on “Task Manager” as explained above. Therefore, any new page you try to open will load slowly.

If you don’t want to check memory, just close all unused tabs to improve the speed of other pages. Learn more about managing tabs in Chrome.

Google Chrome Fix Slow FAQ

Can I Fix Slow Google Chrome?

Yes, you can fix slow Chrome and the solution depends on the situation. Most of the time, clearing browser caching will help fix the problem if not, you can reset the browser from the settings page.

Will I lose data while troubleshooting Chrome?

No, there will be no data loss while troubleshooting slowness, your saved bookmarks and passwords will be available. However, after deleting the browsing history, you may find that the browser responds slowly when you visit pages for the first time. Also, make sure to sync your settings before resetting the browser.

Will using Chrome in incognito mode help fix slow page loading?

This helps improve speed if an installed extension was causing the problem. However, make sure you have disabled all extensions in incognito mode.

Can I clean malware from my computer using Chrome?

Chrome offers a free malware cleaning tool that you can access from the Windows version settings page. On Mac, you have to manually scan and clean the system using third-party apps.

Why does Chrome consume high CPU and memory?

Chrome consumes high resources when you use a lot of open tabs. You can use Chrome’s Task Manager tool to view and remove resource-intensive tabs.

What are the best alternative options for Chrome?

Firefox is one of the best alternative browsers that you can consider. However, if you don’t want to use third-party apps, use the default Edge browser in Windowss and Safari browser in macOS.

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