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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. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then More tools and then Extensions.
  3. To turn off an extension, uncheck the box next to "Enabled." 
  4. To delete an extension 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. On your computer, 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 open.

Computer
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, check the box next to "Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly."
Android phone or tablet
  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  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. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  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.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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