This tutorial will show you how to reduce the memory consumption of Google Chrome browser on your PC and make your system more stable, without lags and freezes.
Close unused tabs
The more secondary windows you have in your browser, the more memory they consume. We recommend that you close tabs that you no longer need. This will increase the performance of your PC
and reduce the consumption of RAM, which in turn will speed up the application.
How to enable hardware acceleration
You can also speed up your browser using its built-in feature called “Hardware acceleration. To enable it, do the following:
Open Google Chrome;
– In the upper right corner, click the three dots next to your profile avatar;
– Click on “Settings” and go to the “System” subsection;
– Check the “Use hardware acceleration (if available)” box to the “On” position;
– Close the browser completely and reopen it;
– In the address bar, type “chrome://gpu/” without the quotes and press “Enter”.
In the window that opens you can see if the hardware acceleration is working. If it doesn’t work, check the instructions above again and repeat the steps described in them.
How to enable memory saving mode in Chrome (reduced memory consumption)
Google Chrome recently added the ability to activate memory
saving mode. The useful utility appeared due to the large number of requests from users to the developers of the application. We will tell you in detail how to enable the mode:
– Make sure you have the latest version of Chrome installed;
– Press the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen and select “Help”, then “About Google Chrome Browser”;
– In the address bar, type “chrome://flags/#high-efficiency-mode-available” without the quotes and press “Enter”;
– Set the “Enable the high efficiency mode feature in the settings” to “Enabled” and restart your browser;
– Go to “Settings” and select “Performance;
– Select the “On” checkbox under “Memory Saving. You can quickly access this menu by typing “chrome://settings/performance” in the address bar;
– Restart the browser.
You can use the Task Manager to test the new Google Chrome feature.
Run a malware scan
Malware, or more simply, viruses, can really slow down not only your browser, but your system in general. Run a full scan of your files with antivirus and the built-in Windows Protector. To scan all files in Windows 10/11 operating systems, you need to follow the following procedure:
– Go to the Start menu and type “Windows Security” without quotes;
– In the window that opens, find the “Virus and Threat Protection” tab and go to it;
– Click on “Scan Options” and select “Full Scan”. Then click “Run scan now;
– Wait for the scan to complete, delete any detected threats, and restart your PC.
Remove browser extensions
In cases where you have a large number of different extensions installed in your browser, you will need to remove some as they may conflict with each other and slow down your system.
– Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen and select “Advanced Tools,” then locate the “Extensions” section;
– Remove or disable extensions you don’t need or older versions of (VPN, translator, visual themes for Google Chrome and others);
– Restart Chrome.
Create a new user profile for Google Chrome
In rare cases, you’ll need to create a new Google account to make your browser more stable. We’ll tell you how to do this quickly:
– Open your Chrome browser and click on your avatar in the upper right corner of the screen, then select “Add”;
– In the window that appears, click “Login” and then click “Create account;
– Enter the information you want in the fields for registration and link your phone number;
– Enter the code from the sms, then enter the data for the final registration;
– Skip all of the following items until the window opens in the new account.
Reinstall Google Chrome
First, you need to understand that reinstalling your browser and logging into a new account completely removes your history, cache, pinned tabs, and extensions. Before you take such a drastic step, you should try the actions previously described in this guide. If you do decide to reinstall Chrome completely, follow the instructions:
– Close Google Chrome;
– Check the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” key combination to disable it completely in the Task Manager;
– Click “Start” and select “Settings”;
– Go to “Applications” and search for Google Chrome in the search box;
– Click the left mouse button and uninstall the app;
– Open your system’s built-in browser, go to the official website and download the latest version;
– Follow the installer instructions.
You don’t have to create a new account to avoid losing data. You will need to log in to your old account and enable synchronization. All saved tabs and search history will be restored, as Chrome uses a cloud backup system.