Stop Google Chrome from running in the background

With over 70 percent of the global desktop browser market share and 2 million+ installs, there is no denying to the fact that Google Chrome is the king of web browsers. But, this super-handy web-browser could be the reason behind hastily draining the battery life of your laptop, increased memory usage, and system slowdowns.

Yes, Google Chrome doesn’t always close completely when you exit out of your last Chrome session. Sometimes, few Google Chrome add-ons and extensions can keep your browser active even when the browser is closed or minimized, permitting people in Google Hangouts to chat with you and pop up notifications from Facebook. This might be useful for some needs. But, sometimes it may not as it can drain your laptop battery, and use RAM when you need more free memory for another app.

Generally, it’s quite helpful to have Chrome running in the background as it keeps you updated and take prompt actions. But if you intend to maximize the battery life of your laptop, or reduce the memory usage on any system, it’s very easy to disable it, let’s know how.

Why does Chrome never completely exit

Unlike other web browsers, Chrome creates a totally different system process for every single tab, plugin, and extensions used by the users. You could have possibly noticed; Chrome creates a bunch of processes when it runs on a system; this can be viewed in the Windows Task Manager.

This design is typically based on the concept of foiling complete browser failure if something goes erroneous. By untying every single tab and extension into a distinct process, Chrome stays active even when it’s closed.

Now again, all this is also dependent on the kind of applications and extensions installed in Chrome. Few of these will “ask” the browser to stay active so that they can continue to function; e.g., keep an active IRC chat alive or deliver new e-mail notifications.

Disable Chrome from running in the background

Stop Chrome from running in the background from the Chrome settings. Below are step-by-step instructions.

Step 1 – Open Google Chrome BrowserGoogle Chrome

Step 2 – Click on the top right corner Or press “Alt+E”.Google Chrome

Step 3 – Open Chrome “Settings

Google Chrome

Step 4 – Click on “Advanced

Step 5 – Scroll Down On Advanced Option To The “System” Section And Turn Off “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”.

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Step 6Restart Google Chrome

Using this process, you can also effortlessly and permanently stop Google Chrome from tracking your activity when closed.

That’s all – but in case you need to re-enable this setting click the Chrome menu button and select Settings. Click the “Advanced” link and then scroll down to the “System” section. Tick the box labeled “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed” and Chrome will be back in action once again even in the background.

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Ankit Gupta is a writer by profession and has more than 7 years of global writing experience on technology and other areas. He follows technological developments and likes to write about Windows & IT security. He has a deep liking for wild life and has written a book on Top Tiger Parks of India.

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