I know it’s pathetic and painful to have a slow browser, especially the Google Chrome which claims to be faster than competitors. I’m avid Chrome users and have been using it for years. There are a lot of factors that can eventually make Google Chrome slow and deteriorate the page loading.
Some of the common problems which users are facing when using Chrome browser are:
- Lags while searching in the search bar and switching between tabs
- YouTube keeps buffering and displays white space
- The web page is very slow to render fully
- Frequent receiving aw snap something went wrong while displaying this webpage
In this article, I’ve mentioned all the tips and techniques that I personally tested and used to fix my chrome browser lags and also improve the web page loading speed. And guess what, my chrome loads super fast like never before!
Note: These tips will not only help with Chrome’s web browsing speed but also improve the chrome browser lags and slowness. Whether it’s switching between tabs or launching the Chrome on PC or macOS.
These are some of the reasons which can make the web page loading too slow in chrome:
- Disruptive internet connection
- Background apps and digital downloads
- Software and programs updates
- Limited local storage and hardware support
- Inflicting Chrome extensions
We need to make sure that we do not have any of these problems that can cause the chrome to become unresponsive and eventually start lagging.
Follow these steps to make chrome faster and load the web page instantly —
1. Update Google Chrome to latest
It’s important to keep the Chrome browser up to date. If your running latest stable version of chrome then consider half problem is already solved.
Generally, with any latest version software releases, there are performance improvements and bug fixes. If you’re running on the older version of Chrome, then there are high chances for any security or program bugs that have been affecting the performance. This may cause the chrome to become unstable and impact on page loading speed.
All you need is to upgrade the Google chrome browser to the latest available build to eliminate slowness. You can check the version and update the chrome to the latest official build by following these steps:
- Open Chrome browser
- Hit on 3 dots for options and settings
- Hover and navigate to Help > About Google Chrome
- The Google Chrome will automatically check the latest official builds
- If there are any new version is available, then Chrome will start updating and ask to relaunch once the update is completed
- Navigate to Help > About Google Chrome section until you see the message “Google Chrome is up to date“
We have now successfully updated the Google chrome. Just test if this has improved Google chrome and page loading speed.
2. Disable Chrome Extensions and Blockers
There is a high possibility of any extension inflicting the network connection and page loading. I have an article written which had a page loading issue because of an ad blocker extension.
Disable all the extensions and check if the loading issue still persists. You can temporarily disable the Chrome extensions from settings. Follow these steps:
- Open Chrome Browser and navigate to Settings from 3 dots
- Open Extensions tab under Settings OR you can also visit the chrome://extensions/ in your Chrome browser
- In extensions page, you will be listed with all the extensions that are currently added into your Chrome
- Switch the toggle button against each extension to disable
- Relaunch your Chrome browser
Now test the page loading speed. If you see any improvement then probably extensions are the culprit for causing the slowness.
Toggle the switch to turn ON each extension one by one to test if any specific is causing an issue. Most of the times the ad blockers and site blocker extension are the reason for blocking resources which causes slow page loading issue.
3. Defer Apps and Software Updates
Knowingly or unknowingly we might have left the software and application update in the background which is eating up all the bandwidth. Leaving a less room for Chrome to use the internet and hence the loading the web pages quite slow.
The typical updates in macOS and Windows OS are in few GBs which can use up all the network data. Or even if there are any software program updates like Microsoft Office or Final Cut Pro are also bulky in sizes.
In this case, just disable the updates temporarily until you need the good bandwidth for browsing. You can defer the updates overnight so that your work is not hampered in the daytime.
Just check network monitor to understand where is the bandwidth being used.
- For Windows OS, you can check the Task Manager > Network Utilization
- For macOS, you can check the Activity Monitor > Network
If there are any ongoing updates or program using most bytes and network packs, just pause it temporarily and enjoy good speed on your Chrome for browsing.
Note: Clearing cache and cookies storage will sign out all the accounts on your browser. You may need to re-login again.
4. Clear Cache and Memory Storage
This is the first and very basic thing that every chrome browser user would have suggested you. And of course, this works at a time but not every time. In fact, browser caching is a technique for improving the browsing speed of a frequently visited site.
Unless if your chrome is heavily loaded with obsolete cache and storage. It’s a good idea to remove waste to improve the chrome speed. Follow these steps to clear cache and memory storage:
- Open your slow Chrome browser
- Hit on 3 dots for options and select Settings from the list
- Lookup for Clear browsing data option, you can even use the search bar to find the settings
- Open Clear browsing data and switch to Advanced tab
- From the Time range dropdown, select All time
- Select the checkboxes against — Browsing history, Download history, Cookies and other site data, Cached images and files, Site settings and lastly Hosted app data
- Do not select the Passwords and other sign-in data and Auto-fill form data option unless you want to completely delete these data
- Finally, hit on [Clear data] command button
This will clear all the existing cache data and storage memory of your local chrome browser. Quit and restart the browser to test the chrome responsiveness and web page loading speed.
5. Upgrade the Storage and Hardware Support
Let me share my personal experience here.
I have a Windows PC which was running on the HDD (the good old mechanical hard disk) with 8 GB of RAM. Whenever I used to start my Windows PC or even open any application it would take hell lot of time. Imagine the startup time of 28 seconds!!
Every time I use to check the Task Manager for performance, I encounter with disk utilization being 100%.
That’s when I thought of upgrading the HDD to SSD (Solid State Drive) storage. It was expensive but totally worth after upgrading the hardware. Now my booting time is 4 seconds. Heavy software programs and even the chrome browser are launched at a snap.
I still use the old HDD as an external hard disk and backup if anything goes wrong with Windows 10 OS. You can watch this video tutorial about migrating Windows OS from HDD to SSD.
Apart from migrating to SSD, we also need to consider the storage space which plays an equal role in running the chrome browser. If you do not have enough space in Macintosh HD or C:\\ Drive in Windows, then Chrome or any program will misbehave and respond slowly to all the request.
Upgrading the hardware should be last on your list. But, like I said it’s totally worth it. I’m enjoying the Chrome browser on my Windows PC.
6. Improve slow Chrome browser
Here are a few other tips that worth mentioning to improve the Chrome loading speed:
- Run through Anti-virus and Anti-malware scan
- Check your ISP fluctuations and network problem, if any
- Verify if downgraded version on Google Chrome works
- Reinstall the Chrome on your Machine to notice any changes
- Toggle “Use hardware acceleration when available” under Chrome > Settings > Advanced > System to check which mode is better either OFF or ON
- Turn off Experimental QUIC Protocol by navigating to chrome://flags and search for QUIC and disable from dropdown
- You can download the Chrome Canary which is for the next version of Google Chrome but for a web developer, however, the updates are frequent and nightly
- Update Operating System to latest version
Alternatives to Google Chrome
Here are few notable alternatives for Google Chrome web browser.
- Mozilla Firefox (my preference)
- Microsoft Edge (it’s Chromium-based just like Google Chrome)
- Opera Browser
- Apple Safari
- Internet Explorer (in-built for Windows PC)
I personally find these techniques absolutely working in every case. I have Macbook Air and these tips to improve Google Chrome browsing slowness, and works in macOS as well.
Let me know what has worked and fixed chrome browser is slow. Whether disabling the extensions or clearing the storage cache? I’d like to hear from you.
Also, please mention if any other method has worked for you that I haven’t added into the list.
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