Google Chrome is Very Slow: How I Fixed it! (5+ Methods Added)

Is your Google Chrome loading slow? Learn how I fixed the slowness and lags in the Chrome browser. Now it's super fast and smooth like never before!

I know it’s pathetic and painful to have a slow browser, especially 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:

  1. Disruptive internet connection.
  2. Background apps and digital downloads.
  3. Software and program updates.
  4. Limited local storage and hardware support.
  5. 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 update. If you are running the latest stable version of chrome then consider half the 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:

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Hit on 3 dots for options and settings.
  3. Hover and navigate to Help > About Google Chrome.
  4. Google Chrome will automatically check the latest official builds.
  5. If there are any new version is available, then Chrome will start updating and ask to relaunch once the update is completed.
  6. Navigate to Help > About Google Chrome section until you see the message “Google Chrome is up to date“.

Settings – About Chrome - 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:

  1. Open Chrome Browser and navigate to Settings from vertical 3dots icon.
  2. Open Extensions tab under Settings OR you can also visit the chrome://extensions/ in your Chrome browser.
  3. In the extensions page, you will be listed with all the extensions that are currently added into your Chrome.
  4. Switch the toggle button against each extension to disable.
    Chrome Extensions Disable Toggle Switch and Blockers Extension
  5. 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 a 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. This leave 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 a 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 the 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.

Activity Monitor (All Processes) Network Tab in MacOS

If there are any ongoing updates or programs 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 to you. And of course, this works at times 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:

  1. Open your slow Chrome browser.
  2. Hit on vertical 3dots icon for options and select Settings from the list.
  3. Lookup for Clear browsing data option, you can even use the search bar to find the settings.
  4. Open Clear browsing data and switch to the Advanced tab.
  5. From the Time range dropdown, select All time.
  6. Select the checkboxes against — Browsing history, Download history, Cookies, and other site data, Cached images and files, Site settings and lastly Hosted app data.
    Clear browsing data in Google Chrome
  7. Do not select the Passwords and other sign-in data and Auto-fill form data option unless you want to completely delete these data.
  8. 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 that 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 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.

Migrating Windows OS to External HD 💽 for Backup & Booting Independently

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 requests.

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 the downgraded version on Google Chrome works.
  • Reinstall 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.
    Google Chrome system Settings Use Hardware acceleration
  • Turn off Experimental QUIC Protocol by navigating to chrome://flags and search for QUIC and disable from the dropdown.
    chrome://flags disable QUIC protocol
  • You can download the Chrome Canary which is for the unstable version of Google Chrome built for developers, however, the updates are frequent and nightly.
  • Update Operating System to the latest version.

Alternatives to Google Chrome

Here are few notable alternatives for the Google Chrome web browser.

  1. Mozilla Firefox (my preference)
  2. Microsoft Edge (it’s Chromium-based just like Google Chrome)
  3. Opera Browser
  4. Apple Safari
  5. 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 a 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.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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2 Responses

  1. ScooterCh says:

    Turn off themes. Loading a theme into a new tab can add several seconds to your experience.

  2. Anna Nikolaidou says:

    Nice for all suggestion s above but what can we do if we cant migrade disk and we have 4 ram . its so stupid still in myu country sale 4ram laptops and google desided to be a platform eating everything how not be slow . why we have to forced to buy new equpment juts for browsing its crazy all that and al lwas great before last upgrades this year so its their problem to fix it and not us to buy new machines i have 3 laptops in my house al l4ram it si stupid and expensive sport to buy and buy and buy every year new equipment jus tcause some developers want to tes t their knowlege to simple users . ist better to make something new only for thsoe who need it and not to make all us saffer ist cobid year noone has money to spend on anythong and will be many years that wil lbe the same . Make them give us back the light browser we loved all that years . and the ycan keep this mansters for thsoe who need them , organizations and offices .
    Anyway no browser its working well interent its not free anymore for real 🙁

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