Google Chrome remains one of the most popular desktop browsers even after tough competition from the likes of Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari. It has become more or less like an OS, where you can install themes, extensions, and apps. But with all these features and some bloatware, Chrome becomes sluggish. So here are some of the steps you can follow to make Chrome browser run faster.
How to make your Google Chrome faster
- Check Your Internet Connection
Before you start cursing your Chrome browser, it’s best you check your internet connection. Sometimes even if we have a good internet connection, we may experience slow page loading. This mostly happens when multiple devices are connected to the same network.
- Update Chrome to Latest Version
About every three to four weeks, Google releases an update for Chrome and sometimes, even a minor update can improve your browser performance. Generally, Chrome automatically updates itself in the background, but if you want to manually check for the latest updates.
- Use Performance Mode
Like me, if you also have a habit of leaving tons of Chrome tabs open in the background, then this feature is just for people like us. The concept is simple: whenever Chrome notices that you are no longer using a tab for a while, it automatically freezes that inactive tab. This not only speeds up your browser but also saves a lot of your system resources and the laptop’s battery life.
- Remove Unused Extensions
Extensions are essential components of any browser, but they can also be one of the biggest culprits in slowing down Chrome. Maybe it’s time to streamline your browsing experience by removing Chrome extensions you no longer need or use.
- Run a Malware Scan
Sometimes, the slow loading of webpages has nothing to do with your browser or internet connection. It can also be that your computer might be infected with malware, which slows down your whole computer. So make sure to scan your computer with any good anti-virus software of your choice. If you found anything unusual after the scan, make sure to take action immediately. We recommend Malwarebytes.
- Turn On Preload Page Feature
As its name suggests, it loads the web pages in advance even before you click on them. Google is able to do this by utilizing the vast amount of data they have about our browsing habits, and predicting which websites we’re more likely to visit. By preloading these pages in the background, sites load faster resulting in a snappier browsing experience.
- Switch to a Better DNS Provider
Whenever you visit a website, your browser communicates with a DNS (Domain Name System) server to obtain the IP address where the site is located and then displays the content. Typically, this process is handled by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), but unfortunately, many ISPs don’t perform this task optimally.
- Use a Script-Blocking Extension
All sorts of scripts, such as ad network scripts, tracking scripts, video player scripts, affiliate scripts, and more load in the background. Because of this, you will often see some website tends to load slower compared to others.
- Remove Theme from Chrome
Themes give browsers an aesthetic look but also make Chrome slightly sluggish. It’s better to stay away from those aesthetically pleasing themes if you want to optimize Chrome and make it faster.
- Resetting Chrome Settings
If nothing is working for you, the last resort would be to reset your browser to its default state. This will reset your Chrome settings and shortcuts, disable themes and extensions, and delete cookies and other temporary site data. And don’t worry, your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved password won’t be affected.