How To Speed Up Chrome in 3 Simple Steps

Are you a regular Chrome Browser user, but find that it isn’t working as fast as you would expect. This article is all about helping you reduce chrome memory usage and speed up Chrome Browser. Google Chrome is the primary browser in use by a majority of internet users worldwide. Chrome is estimated to have a usage share of 60+% of all browsers as of October 2018 as per StatCounter and NetMarketShare. Chrome has been steadily gaining market share over the last ten years,  mainly at the expense of Internet Explorer. 

Google Chrome is the browser of choice, but as with all good things, there is a catch. And in the case of Chrome, it is the heavy memory consumption making Chrome slow to load and delivering a less than ideal user experience.

Your first step to speed up chrome would be to reduce chrome memory usage. If you want to know how much memory Chrome is using, you can use the Windows Task Manager, but it won’t specify the name of the chrome tab or process. To get better insight, you want to use the Chrome Task Manager. Click on the Three dots Chrome Menu > More Tools > Task Manager to view the list of all Chrome tasks and their memory, CPU and network usage.

The First Steps to Speed up Chrome

The first steps in improving Chrome browser speed is fairly simple and intuitive, and is recommended by Google as well:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Chrome. If not, update it.
  2. Close any tabs which are not in use or unnecessary
  3. Stop or Remove unused or unwanted extensions at Menu > More Tools > Extensions
  4. Turn on Prediction Services to load pages more quickly. You can find this option under the Menu > Settings > Advanced
  5. Scan for Malware, and check and remove any malware found. You can use a tool like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware tool to get the job done.  Malwarebytes is available for Windows, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, and Android

Additional Steps to Improve Speed

If Chrome is still slow to load, there are a few more tips that you can try, to optimize and speed up Chrome:

1. Use Tab Management Tools

Tab Management tools are extensions that work with Chrome to reduce the number of open tabs and reduce memory usage by the Chrome Browser. These tools temporarily close idle tabs or save tabs for easy re-opening or suspend/ unload the tabs you select till you need them. Popular tab management tools you can try are Tab WranglerOneTab, and The Great Suspender.

Speed Up Chrome
OneTab Sample Page

2. Use Text only Tools

A text-only tool might not be for everyone, especially those who browse a lot and enjoy the visual aspect of browsing. You need to install an extension like Text Mode, which loads any website without any images, videos, or animation. What this means is your pages are lighter and load faster. And lesser distractions to the eye and more focus on the content. This extension is worth considering if you have a slow connection.

CNN.com using the Text Mode Extension

3. Use a Clipping Tool

Quite often, the reason why you may have so many tabs is very simple. You saw an article, a story, a time-saving hack or a recipe that you liked, and you leave the tab open to read later. In no time, you end up with loads of open tabs and memory being consumed. You could bookmark it for later reading and close the tab, or you can use a clipping tool like OneNote Clipper or Evernote Web Clipper, which allows you to clip articles or entire web pages if needed. You can organize them as per your need, and the best part is you can access the clips from any device and share them with your friends. Install the extension to your Chrome Browser and sign up for an account with Evernote or OneNote to enable the saving of clips and multi-device access.

Installing all the extensions listed here may not be the best of ideas. We recommend that you try out each of the recommended solutions, one by one, and keep only those extensions or solutions that you feel works best for you and gives you the most benefits.

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Shashi Venkatesh
Shashi Venkatesh is a 20 year veteran of the technology industry, having worked with an IT Multinational with clients in the Telecom, Logistics, and Airline industry, working globally across America, Europe, and Asia. He enjoys reading and gaming and is an avid motorsport fan.

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