10 tricks to speed up Google Chrome and decrease memory consumption on your computer.
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How to make Chrome faster
There are so many good tricks for make Google Chrome light and fast but we decided to focus only on those that are easy to apply and affordable for everyone so that even a novice user can apply them and get back the fast browser seen at the first start.
Use Lite Mode on smartphones and tablets
If we use Google Chrome as the main browser on a smartphone or tablet we can make Chrome faster by turning on Lite mode, which compresses the content of web pages via Google servers and allows all web pages to be loaded at a higher speed, also saving on the bandwidth applied (which is useful if we often use the cellular data connection).
To activate the Lite Mode on Chrome for mobile devices, open the app, press the menu with the three dots at the bottom, let’s go to the menu Settings, press the Lite Mode menu and activate the switch on the page.
With this mode active, the browser will load about 60% of the data less, considerably speeding up the loading of the pages without having to make any changes to habits (the pages will look good in all cases, thanks to the optimization offered by Google).
To learn more we can also read our guide Speed up Chrome on Android.
Use the Tab Snooze extension on PC
If we want to make Chrome faster to open sites we can rely on an extension like Tab Snooze su PC, downloadable for free from the official website.
With this extension, we will be able to “put to rest” some open tabs and plan their reopening at a later time of the day or in another period, so as to save a lot of RAM memory and leave active only the tabs that we actually need at that moment. Once installed, you will hardly do without it, especially if you work a lot on the computer and need to open many tabs without precise logic, thus finding ourselves with the RAM memory full of open Chrome tabs.
Use the Toby for Chrome extension on PC
Another very extension to make Chrome faster on PC is Toby for Chrome, available for free from the official website.
With this extension installed we will have a new home screen with all the tabs opened recently or more frequently, with the possibility of fixing the ones we use most often in the right sidebar or in one of the panels offered. In this way we will avoid having to open 30 different tabs each time to work, opening only the one we need to use and saving RAM memory.
Enable preloading of web pages
Google Chrome includes a module of preloading of web pages that we can activate to make Chrome faster to open sites from both PC and smartphone/tablet.
To activate the preloading of web pages from PC, open the browser, go to the menu with the three dots at the top right, press on the side menu Privacy and security, let’s get into the menu Cookies and other site data and make sure that the switch next to the item is active Pages are preloaded to speed up browsing and searching.
To activate the preload on Google Chrome for Android and iPhone / iPad, open the browser on our device, press the menu at the top right with the three dots, press the menu Settings, open the Privacy and security menu then activate the switch next to the item Pages are preloaded to speed up browsing and searching.
By activating this item the loading of the web pages will be much faster, in particular, if we have also activated the Lite mode (as seen above).
Other useful tips and tricks for Chrome
In addition to the tricks seen so far, we can apply those below to make Chrome faster to open sites:
- Delete all that data that is cached temporary files, which accumulate over time; when the browser loads a site, it looks for whether it or parts of it are present in the Cache to load it more quickly. However, if this cache is very large and full of data saved from the browsing history, this process tends to slow down Chrome. The problem is more evident for those who surf on many different sites every day and less for those who always open the same ones without doing too much research. To proceed let’s go to the menu Settings, click on the menu Privacy and security, we press on Clear browsing data and we select only the option Cached images and files and as a time interval All, then we press on Clear data. After clearing the cache, Chrome should take up less memory and perform better even though websites may open slightly slower, at least the first time.
- Start from scratch every new browsing session– Many people choose to start Google Chrome with the same tabs that were open in the previous session. If the browser was taking up all the RAM in the previous session, restarting the browser with the same session will lead to the same problem. Also, for the same reason, you need to close your browser every time your session slows down because open tabs tend to increase memory consumption over time. To avoid this scenario, we avoid locking the tabs at the top and, in the menu Settings -> Appearance, make sure to activate the New Tab Page entries (in the section Appearance) e Open the New Tab page (in the section On startup).
- Close the tabs to reopen them when needed: if we have opened 10 or more sites together, we close those that are not needed to decrease RAM consumption. Each time you close a card, some of your computer memory is freed up and those that remain open will be quicker to reload and navigate. We remind you that from Chrome with the new home tab, the “Reopen Closed Tabs” in which the web pages you have recently visited are stored to reopen them quickly. Also in the options menu, by going to the history, you can reopen the last closed tabs. You can also reopen the closed tabs by pressing the keys together CTRL+Maiusc+T.
- Remove unused extensions There are thousands of extensions on the Chrome Web Store that do a little bit of everything. The temptation to install as many as possible is very strong but you have to resist and, indeed, uninstall those you never use. The problem is that each extension uses some memory so, if they are too many, the browser becomes heavy when you open Chrome, even without having loaded any site; in particular, there are extensions that may not be optimized and consume more than necessary. It is therefore advisable to deactivate all the extensions and reactivate them one by one by seeing, in the internal Chrome task manager (press Shift + Esc), how much memory they consume and remove the heaviest ones.
- Use bookmarklets instead of extensions: Bookmarklets are buttons on the bookmarks bar that act only when pressed. Whenever possible, it is advisable to use bookmarklets instead of extensions which, on the other hand, always remain active in the background. We can learn more by reading our guide best Bookmarklets.
- Reset Chrome: Google Chrome has a reset function; we can then use the reset button in Chrome, (key Reset in advanced settings) to disable extensions, clear cache, and temporary files, to reset the home page and basic settings. Also, you can use the program Google Cleaner software to fix Chrome errors, caused by extensions or external programs.
Let’s try them all and see how our Google Chrome performs – it should be considerably faster than before!
With the tips and tricks above we can really make Chrome faster to open sites without ever touching expert settings and opening weird menus, where novice users usually do more damage than anything else. By following the instructions shown above, everyone can speed up their Google Chrome and thus always obtain a very responsive browser.
To learn more we can also read our guides Clear cache and cookies on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE e Hidden tricks, options, and commands for Chrome.