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Tips to speed up Google Chrome browser on Windows

It is essential for every browser to have good browsing speed and better data response times, but as the time passes it slows down due to multiple reasons. Nevertheless, you can make your Chrome browser run faster and enhance your browsing experience by following these simple tips. In this post, we see the method to speed up Google Chrome browser on Windows PC.

Speed up Google Chrome browser

Go through the entire list and see which of these suggestions you want to try out. You don’t have to try them all out – just do the one;s which you feel comfortable implementing.

1] Enable Preftech

Network action predictions also known as prefetch can help you to make Google Chrome open web pages faster. The special feature in Google Chrome takes up resources by caching pages you rarely visit. You can modify its setting as desired.

To do so, access “Settings” menu of Chrome browser and select “Show advanced options” near the bottom of the page.

Thereafter, under ‘Privacy‘ section, check the option reading as “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly”. It is important to mention here that though the feature makes browsing experience considerably faster, it uses more data.

2] Add to chrome ‘Data Saver’ extension

The ingenious extension helps you reduce data usage by using Google servers to optimize pages you visit. When you decide to use this extension, Chrome begins using Google servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. Please note that pages accessed using private connections (HTTPS) or in incognito tabs will not be optimized or seen by Google. As soon as you install Data Saver extension for Chrome it will automatically begin to compress web pages as you browse.

3] Use Prediction service

Open Google Chrome > Settings > Show advanced settings.

Now under Privacy section, select the Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly setting.

4] Disable Unwanted Extension

Most extensions secretly run in the background to continue offering their services. However, in doing so they consume a sizable amount of system’s resources. Here, the only option that seems viable is to disable unwanted extensions. Do the following,

Click on the hamburger menu visible at the top right-hand corner of google Chrome browser and from the list of options displayed, select “More tools”.

Thereafter, chose “Extensions” from the side menu. Instantly, you will be directed to the extensions page where all extensions added to Chrome browser will be displayed. To disable them, check the box adjacent to extensions. If you wish

To disable them, check the box adjacent to extensions. If you wish to completely remove the extension, then hit the Trash can icon next to it.

5] Clear Chrome Data

If you do not clear your browsing data regularly, it builds up over time thereby potentially slowing down the performance of your browser. If you want to clear the browsing data from google Chrome, simply click the Hamburger icon and chose History option.

Next, click on the “Clear browsing data” button visible at the top of the screen. Now, mark the box adjacent to the different data you wish like to delete and click on the “Clear browsing data”. You may not want to clear your saved passwords. Once you do this, it will clear all your previous browsing data.

6] Choose when to run Plugin Content

You can speed up your browser performance by ensuring that the Flash content loads only when you want it to. To do so, go to Chrome’s Advanced Settings and click on “Content Settings”. There, under the “Privacy” section find option “Let me choose when to run plugin content” under the “Plugins” section. Now onwards whenever a plugin or Flash content appears on a page, it will only play when you click on it.

7] Disable Images

Although it is not advisable to enable this feature, it has many benefits. When you disable images in Chrome, the images on the web pages will not appear or just refuse to load.

If you just wish to read the contents of a web page and keep away from distractions like images you can disable the images to speed up page loading time. For this, go to the same “Content Settings” and mark the box next to “Do not show any images” under the “Images” section.
Enable Fast tab flag

Make Chrome browser faster

8] Close tabs faster using an experimental feature

A simple yet, a very handy feature that allows Chrome browser to shut down tabs quickly to make the browser run faster. In practice, the action helps in running Chrome’s JavsaScript handler independent of the graphical user interface (GUI)thereby speeding up the browser and not making you wait for long to close tabs.

To access this secret setting, type chrome://flags into your address bar, aka the omnibox. Search for “Fast tab/window close” and click the “Enable” button below to turn on this feature.

9] Inrease RAM for Chrome using an experimental feature

You have to increase the RAM that Chrome is permitted to use. By adjusting its value, you can adjust tile height and width to allocate more RAM to it. This will offer better scrolling and minimal stuttering while using the browser.

To adjust the setting, type “Default tile” in the Find dialog and both, Default tile width and height options should appear on your computer screen. Use the drop-down menus to change the values from “Default” to 512.

10] Enable Experimental QUIC protocol using an experimental feature

QUIC is the name for a new experimental protocol, and it stands for Quick UDP Internet Connection. The protocol supports a set multiplexed connections over UDP, and was designed to provide security protection equivalent to TLS/SSL, along with reduced connection and transport latency. In short, the feature prevents multiple trips to the server to create a connection that helps in loading a page.

To start, open a new tab and go to chrome://flags/. Search for ‘QUIC’ and use the drop-down menu below Experimental QUIC protocol and enable it. After the change, restart Chrome.

View: Video on how to optimize & make Chrome browser run faster.

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