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.
These are some of the reasons which can make the web page loading too slow in chrome:
- Disruptive internet connection.
- Background apps and digital downloads.
- Software and program updates.
- Limited local storage and hardware support.
- 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:
- Open Chrome browser on the computer.
- Hit on for options and settings.
- Hover and navigate to Help > About Google Chrome.
- Google Chrome will automatically check the latest official builds.
- If there are any new version is available, then Chrome will start updating and ask to relaunch once the update is completed.
- Navigate to Help > About Google Chrome section until you see the message “Google Chrome is 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:
- Open Chrome Browser and navigate to Settings from .
- Open Extensions tab under Settings OR you can also visit the chrome://extensions/ in your Chrome browser.
- On the extensions page, you will be listed with all the extensions that are currently added to your Chrome.
- Switch the toggle button against each extension to disable it.
- 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.
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:
- Open your slow Chrome browser.
- Hit on for options and select Settings from the list.
- Lookup for the Clear browsing data option, you can even use the search bar to find the settings.
- Open Clear browsing data and switch to the Advanced tab.
- From the Time range dropdown, select All time.
- Select the checkboxes against — Browsing history, Download history, Cookies, and other site data, Cached images and files, Site settings, and lastly Hosted app data.
- Do not select the Passwords and other sign-in data and Auto-fill form data option unless you want to completely delete these data.
- 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.
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.
- Turn off Experimental QUIC Protocol by navigating to chrome://flags and search for QUIC and disable it from the dropdown.
- 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.
- Mozilla Firefox (my preference)
- Microsoft Edge (it’s Chromium-based just like Google Chrome)
- Opera Browser
- Apple Safari
- 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.
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 Windows||Chrome Mac||Chrome iOS||Chrome Android||Firefox Linux|
|Firefox Windows||Safari Mac||Safari iOS||Edge Android||Chrome Linux|
|Edge Windows||Firefox Mac||Edge iOS||Samsung Internet||Edge Linux|
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