6 tips to speed up the Chrome browser

Chrome is one of the most user-friendly and quick ways to surf the web. Over time, the browser can, however, be slower. Here’s how to fix this.

Make Chrome faster

Below we explain a number of tips that will help make Chrome faster. You can apply them to both the Windows and Mac version of the browser.

1. Update Chrome

First tip is somewhat obvious, but it is nevertheless a good idea to check regularly whether you have the latest version of Chrome. You do this by pressing the right button (three horizontal lines) button and select “Settings.” Then click on “About” (chrome://help/) to check if there’s an update available. This can, if desired, automatically be applied for all users.

Google Chrome updates
Check if there’s an update available for your browser.

2. Remove unnecessary plug-ins and extensions

While you’re in the settings, it is good to see if there might be extensions installed that you do not necessarily need. Via chrome://extensions/, you can disable or delete unwanted extensions. It may so happen that certain extensions use a lot of memory while you do not even know they were installed. You manage Plug-ins by entering chrome://plugins in the address bar.

Chrome Plugins
Installed Chrome plugins.

3. Delete temporary data

This tip makes Chrome not necessarily faster, but it ensures that you get more space on your computer. Go to chrome://settings/ and press “Show advanced settings … ‘to expand the settings panel. Scroll down and click “Clear Browsing Data. You can then determine at what point you want to delete the temporary data and items. In some cases, it is useful to uncheck passwords and form data.

Chrome remove browser data
Remove temporary data to free up space.

4. Use the Chrome Cleanup Tool

The name says it all: with the Chrome Cleanup Tool, you can clean up the browser from Google. The application is currently only available for Windows but it is free and relatively small (4.3MB). After installation, Cleanup Tool scans and removes software that causes any problems with Chrome. That should provide a more comfortable and faster user experience.

Chrome clean up tool
Official Chrome clean up tool.

5. Creating more memory (experimental)

The option “Enable tab discarding ” is an experimental feature in Chrome, which you will find in chrome://flags/. With this function enabled, tabs are dropped when available system memory is low. Handy thing is that ‘discarded’ tabs are still visible and reload when you click it. So you can correctly recover them over time.

6. Faster close tabs (experimental)

Also for this tip, it is necessary to open the experimental page in Chrome. Go to chrome://flags/, scroll down to “Enable fast tab/window close”, turn on the function and restart the browser. The function can make Chrome the browser faster by giving the option to close windows regardless of JavaScript code is perhaps executed. Because this is an experimental feature, it can cause lockups.