Manage background pages and apps

Many extensions and web apps use background pages that do their work where you can't see them. For example, if you use Google Mail Checker, a background page works to send new message alerts.

Background apps work entirely in the background and run even after you close the Chrome browser.

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

To check your background pages and turn them off, follow these steps:

  1. On your browser, click menu .
  2. Select More tools > Task manager.
  3. In the first column, look for items labelled "Background Page". You can see its details in the other columns.
  4. Select the background page that you want to turn off and 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, it's at the bottom-right of your desktop.
  • On Mac, it's in your dock.

To see a list of running background apps, right-click the icon.


To turn off background apps, you’ll need to close Chrome completely:

  1. On your browser, click menu .
  2. Select Quit Google Chrome.
Windows and Linux

To close background apps when you close all Chrome tabs, follow these steps:

  1. On your browser, click menu .
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "System" section, untick Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.
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