How to speed up Session Restore responsiveness in Google Chrome

It’s natural if you have several tabs opened in the Chrome browser, the ‘Session restore’ feature will slow the browser down to a crawl! No matter, how popular or the speed of your browser is, it will crash for all kinds of reasons. So, if you do not wish this to happen, follow the steps outlined below to stop it. Google Chrome browser features two flags that users can enable to improve session restore and performance.

  • Infinite Session Restore – As the description reads on its page, Infinite Session Restore reduces the number of tabs being loaded simultaneously during session restore, to improve the responsiveness of the foreground tab.
  • Page Almost Idle – Makes session restore use a definition of loading that waits for CPU and network quiescence.

So, to Improve Session Restore responsiveness in Google Chrome, just enable above two preferences. Here’s how!

Improve Session Restore responsiveness in Chrome

The two experimental flags have been rolled out for all the Desktop versions of Chrome including, Chrome OS and other popular platforms like Windows, Mac, and Linux.

1] Launch the Chrome browser and open a new window.

2] Enter the following text in the URL field and hit Enter: Chrome://flags/#infinite-session-restore.

Improve Session Restore responsiveness in Chrome

3] The action when confirmed will instantly display the firsts flag in the browser. See the screenshot below.

4] See, if its value has been set to ‘Default’. If yes, use the drop-down arrow to display other values.

5] Choose ‘Enabled’. If prompted to restart the browser, ignore the message and proceed further.

6] Now, load chrome://flags/#page-almost-idle in the Chrome address bar.

Browser preferences

7] Similar to the above procedure, use the drop-down menu on the right to set its value to Enabled.

When done, restart the Google Chrome browser. Hereafter, you should notice a change in Chrome’s startup performance. Also, the browser will load all tabs that were opened earlier in the last session, but it won’t do that in an instant.

The Infinite session restores, and page almost idle experimental features make tab restoring faster even if you have a lot of RAM, but system stability falls after a while. This is because even if idled, the tabs aren’t actually being unloaded from memory. As such it is essential to bear this point in mind while proceeding further.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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