Speed up Google Chrome

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

1 Update Chrome

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

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

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 the Menu Chrome menu.
  3. Click More tools > Extensions.
  4. To turn off extensions, uncheck the Enabled box. 
  5. To delete extensions you don't want anymore, click Remove .

Learn more about managing extensions.

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.

5 Make sure network action predictions are on

You can make webpages open faster by telling Google Chrome to preload the links you might click on your computer or Android device.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu Chrome 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 the Menu > Settings.
  3. Under "Advanced," tap Privacy.
  4. Tap Prefetch page resources.
  5. Select an option:
    • Always: Chrome can preload webpages even when you're using mobile data. Preloading might use a large amount of data on your device. Learn more about using less data.
    • Only on Wi-Fi (default): Chrome can only preload webpages when you're on a Wi-Fi network.
    • Never: Chrome won't preload webpages.


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