Make Chrome load webpages faster

You can make webpages load faster by telling Google Chrome to prerender (preload) links. Google Chrome does this by predicting what links you might click, preparing them to load instantly for you.

For example:

  • When you’re browsing a blog, you might click “next post” when you’re done reading. The blog can tell Google Chrome to pre-load the “next post,” so the page shows instantly when you click it.
  • When you're typing a web address in the address bar, Chrome will begin to prerender that page if it’s confident about which site you're likely to visit (based on your local history). This will make the page show up faster when you hit enter.
Google's Instant Pages search feature in Chrome is powered by Chrome’s prerendering technology.

Turn on network action predictions

On a computer

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu icon Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, check "Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly.” If you want to undo this permission, simply uncheck the box.

On an Android device

  1. Touch the Chrome menu > Settings.
  2. Under "Advanced," touch Privacy.
  3. Touch Prefetch page resources.
  4. Select an option:
    • Always: Chrome can preload webpages even when you're using mobile data. This may use a large amount of data on your mobile device. Learn more about reducing data usage
    • Only on Wi-Fi (default): Chrome can only preload webpages when you're on a wifi network.
    • Never: Chrome won't preload webpages.

A note on cookies

If you turn this setting on in Chrome, websites (and any of their embedded resources) that are prerendered or prefetched may set and read their own cookies as if you had visited them before -- even if you don’t visit the prerendered or prefetched pages after all.

Web developers: To learn more about prerendering and prefetching technology, check out the Web developer's guide to prerendering in Chrome.

Laura is a Google Chrome expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.

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