The world’s most popular browser: Google Chrome
Unfortunately it sucks your computer memory and slows it to a crawl.
Here are 7 simple ways to speed up Chrome:
Before we start, ensure you’re using the latest version of Chrome.
• Click the 3 dots (Options)
• Choose ‘help’
• Click ‘about Google Chrome’
It’ll tell you if yours is up-to-date.
If it’s not, update it now.
#1: Clear your browsing data.
As you visit more + more websites, data accumulates in Chrome.
This slows the browser down.
• Choose the ‘Chrome’ tab
• Click ‘clear browsing data’
• Choose ‘All time’
Now select which elements you want to clear.
Then clear your data.
#2: Set up auto-delete.
Clearing data ONCE isn’t enough – do it regularly
Click: • Options
• Manage Google account
• Manage data + personalization
• Manage data + privacy
• Web + app activity
Turn auto-delete on + delete your old activity automatically.
#3: Disable extensions you aren’t using.
Extensions are wonderful, but they slow down your computer.
Remove the ones you don’t need:
• More tools
Then disable and remove the ones you no longer use.
#4: Remove web apps.
Chrome apps suck memory so if you don’t need them, remove them.
Go to chrome://apps then:
• Right click on any you don’t use
• Remove them
It’s time for a clear out.
#5: Make webpages open faster with prefetch.
Prefetch anticipates where you might go next.
Turn prefetch on:
• Go to chrome://settings/cookies
• Turn on ‘preload pages for faster browsing’
It loads your next page in the background for faster access.
#6: Suspend your tabs.
I often have a gazillion tabs open at once which slows my browser.
The Great Suspender app solves this:
• Suspends tabs I’ve not used for a while.
• But keeps them open for when I need them
This saves on memory while tabs are dormant.
#7: Use experimental features
Here, try features that haven’t been fully released.
Consider these 3:
• ‘Parallel downloading’ improves download speed
• ‘Back-forward cache’ stores sites for quick use
• ‘Override software rendering list’ uses GPU acceleration