Speed up Google Chrome

You can make Chrome work faster for you by following these tips. 

Step 1: Update Chrome

Chrome works faster on your computer when you're on the latest version. Update Google Chrome.

Step 2: Close any unused tabs

The more tabs you have open, the harder Chrome has to work. Closing unneeded tabs frees up resources for your computer.

To close a tab:

  • On the tab, click Close Close.
  • For Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W.
  • For Mac, use the keyboard shortcut +W.

Step 3: Turn off or remove unwanted extensions on your computer

Extensions are small programs you can add to Chrome on your computer that let you do more. If you're not using all your extensions, you can turn them off to speed up Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.
  2. In the top right, click Menu Menu and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. To turn off extensions, uncheck the Enabled box. 
  4. To delete extensions you don't want anymore, click Remove Remove.

Learn more about managing extensions.

Step 4: Turn off unwanted plugins on your computer

Plugins let you do more with Chrome on your computer, like view Flash animations or PDF documents. If you're not using all your plugins, you can turn them off to speed up Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type chrome://plugins/ and press Enter.
  3. To turn off plugins, click Disable.

Learn more about managing plugins.

Step 5: Make sure page prefetch is on

You can turn on network action predictions (prefetch) to make Google Chrome open webpages faster. When on, Chrome preloads the links you might click on your computer or Android device.

Computer
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu Menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  5. In the "Privacy" section, check "Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly.”
Android phone or tablet
  1. Open Chrome Chrome logo.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Advanced," tap Privacy.
  4. Tap to check the box next to "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly."
iPhone or iPad
  1. Open Chrome Chrome logo.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Advanced," tap Bandwidth.
  4. Tap Preload Webpages.
  5. Select when you want Chrome to preload links.
  6. Tap Done.

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