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. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menuin the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Tools.
  3. Select Task manager.
  4. In the first column, look for items labelled "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. Go to the Chrome menu in the upper-left corner of your desktop screen.
  2. Select Quit Google Chrome.
  3. Chrome will close completely and turn off any background apps.

On Windows and Linux

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menuin the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
  4. In the "System" section, untick 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.