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 an avid Chrome user 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. We’re stuck with one question: Why is Google Chrome so slow?

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.

I have experienced all these issues some time or the other on my Chrome browser. These issues are very disturbing and consume a lot of time. I ask myself time and again: Why is Google Chrome so slow?

In this article, I’ve mentioned all the tips and techniques that I 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 Chrome on PC or macOS.

Related: How to Fix: Google Chrome Helper Overutilization CPU?

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 —

Update Google Chrome to the 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 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 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 latest version and update chrome by following these steps:

  1. Open Chrome browser on the computer.
  2. Hit on vertical 3dots icon 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 Google chrome. Just test if this has improved Google chrome and page loading speed and answers your question of why is chrome so slow!

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 persists. You can temporarily disable the Chrome extensions from settings.

Follow these steps to disable or remove chrome extension:

  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. On the extensions page, you will be listed with all the extensions that are currently added to your Chrome.
  4. Switch the toggle button against each extension to disable it.
    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 slowing of the browser. It will also answer why is Chrome so slow?

Toggle the switch to turn ON each extension one by one to test if any specific is causing an issue. Most of the time the ad blockers and site blocker extensions are the reason for blocking resources which causes a slow page loading issue.

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 leaves less room for Chrome to use the internet and hence 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 size and may cause Google Chrome to slow.

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 any ongoing updates or programs are 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.

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. 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 from chrome:

  1. Open your slow Chrome browser.
  2. Hit on vertical 3dots icon for options and select Settings from the list.
  3. Lookup for the 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.

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 a hell of a lot of time. Imagine the startup time of 28 seconds!!

Every time I use to check the Task Manager for performance, I encounter disk utilization being 100%.

That’s when I thought of upgrading the HDD to SSD (Solid State Drive) storage. It was expensive but 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 worth it. I’m enjoying the Chrome browser on my Windows PC.

Improve Slow Chrome browser

Here are a few other tips that are 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 it 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.

This will answer your recurring question: Why is Google Chrome so slow?

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)

Bottom Line: Google Chrome Slow

I find these techniques effective in every case. I have Macbook Air and these tips to improve Google Chrome browsing slowness works in macOS as well. It helped me be more effective and efficient at all times. I could also find the question: Why is Google Chrome so slow?

Let me know what has worked and fixed the chrome browser slowness. Whether disabling the extensions or clearing the storage cache? I’d like to hear from you.

Related: How to Restore and Fix: Chrome didn’t shut down correctly?

Also, please mention if any other method has worked for you that I haven’t added to the list. Do mention in the comments below!

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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19 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 🙁

  3. andre says:

    Windows 10 is has very slow reacting time comparing with Windows 7.
    I updated to Windows 10 with fast CPU and 16 Gb Ram. I was using the same stile and noticed that the respond time of Copy/paste is very slow, almost 7 seconds when in Windows 7 less than 1 second. It is just disgrace for the Windows 10. What to do? To go back to Windows 7 / the brilliant program and the brilliant programmers left behind. Where this world is going. All around are law qualified specialists with big judgments.

    • Editor Staff says:

      Hello Andre, Microsoft has enhanced Windows 10 with tonnes of features that weren’t available in Windows 7 and earlier. These features consume RAM and CPU processes even in the background hence making a bottleneck for new processes. You uninstall the unnecessary programs and also kill the processes that are not needed. You can run ‘msconfig’ to configure the startup programs and processes.

    • Editor Staff says:

      Perhaps, you can also upgrade the hard disc from HDD to SSD, this will significantly improve the speed. I personally upgraded on my old DELL laptop and it’s running smooth.

  4. Nicholas Williams says:

    Hey – thanks – turning off the experimental QUIC helped me! I wouldn’t have found this otherwise. Thanks.

  5. Miguel says:

    Thanks , your tips worked fine ! Now Chrome is smooth and fast

  6. heniretta north says:

    i have never done this. im afraid ill mess up my computer.ill try any thing once.

  7. heniretta north says:

    if you do download google chrome it wont mess up your stuff will it im sorry for asking this.thanks for the info.

    • Editor says:

      Hello Heniretta, what kind of stuff? Do you mean bookmarks?

  8. Zozi says:

    Some suggestions might work. But the most important one is – never update great working software and OS. All those croporations are lying – their software constantly getting slower and it is fact. Just run their software on older computer where you worked normally all those years and was getting things done. And “tonnes of features” is distraction and fad. Worst is that they use artificial restrictions to force you buy new things you don’t need. Best wishes to all.

  9. James P says:

    Thank you so much! My Chrome was SO slow. I went to chrome://extensions and Developer Mode was on. I turned it off and disabled some extensions and things seem to be going better.

    • James P says:

      It turns out it was actually Hardware Acceleration. Once I disabled that, Chrome speed was REALLY fast.

  10. Grace Novick says:

    I accidentally check the box for passwords and other sign-in data and auto-fill form data. How can I repair my mistakes?

    • Editor says:

      Hello Grace, you can follow this guide on chrome passwords. All you need is to disable the autofill option.

  11. Chale Nafus says:

    This was most helpful. Extensions seemed to be the main culprit this time. Thanks for your knowledge, experience, and guidance.

  12. Ian Fawcett says:

    This was really helpful and the guide steps were very clear.

    I removed extensions .

    I also use Norton and have found that it uses resources like a juggernaut but it seemed to be crossing over into the disk usage 100% stats, however cache clearance seems to have made , as expected , some improvement

  13. Vineet Gupta says:

    Thank you so much

  14. Ili Hanani says:

    Cool! I’ve tried a few methods here and it works! TQ so much!

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