Manage background pages and apps

Many extensions and web apps use background pages. These pages do their work where you can’t see them. For example, if you’re using Google Mail Checker, a background page works to bring you new message alerts.

Some apps work entirely in the background and keep running even after you close the Chrome window. These are called background apps.

Background pages and apps use your computer’s resources. You can check to see how much they’re using, and you can turn them off at any time.

Turn off background pages

Here’s how you can check your background pages and turn them off if you want:

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Task manager.
  4. In the first column, look for items labeled "Background Page." You can see its details in the other columns.
  5. To turn off a background page, select it from the list.
  6. Click End Process.

Turn off background apps

When a background app is running, you’ll see a Chrome icon in your computer’s system tray. On Windows, that’s located at the bottom right of your desktop screen. On a Mac, it’s in the Dock at the bottom of your screen.

To see a list of running background apps, right-click the icon.

On a Mac

To turn off background apps, you’ll need to quit Chrome completely:

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select Quit Google Chrome.
  3. Chrome will close completely and turn off any background apps.

On Windows and Linux

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "System" section, uncheck Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.
  5. Background apps will now be turned off whenever you close all of your Chrome tabs.

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