Guide to fix Google chrome’s high memory usage.
Agreed that Google Chrome is the fastest browser available now,the page load times beat all the browsers currently in use in desktop PCs.
But, there’s also the fact that Chrome is the most resource intensive web browser ever. You might say that I’m a hater of Google Chrome.But no,I’m not.I’m writing this article using Chrome Browser & hence there’s point in accusing me 🙂
Microsoft has been trying to make us aware of Chrome’s memory usage earlier too,but this time, the results are tested scientifically & memory usage & performance has been benchmarked.
I’ll write about the MS Edge Vs Google Chrome war later,but if you’re experiencing battery drainage problems on your laptop, you’ll need to apply these fixes.
They work 100% on any device & in any conditions too.
1: Disable unwanted Browser extensions:
Chrome supports thousands of extensions to run simultaneously when you browse internet.This is actually hogging your resources & battery.(These extensions collect a lot of user data too.. but that’s a different thing).Disable all unused extensions from Settings—>Exetensions & then Untick/Delete all unwanted extensions from your browser. Remember to keep necessary ones intact.
2: Clear all your browsing data:
Its understood that browser caching helps websites to load faster.True,but what about expired cache data?Ever bothered to clear them? Maybe not.Expired cache data can cause problems to page load(where it was actually meant to speed up loading). Most websites tell browser to cache data for a specific time period.
But sometimes the browser still holds the data post-expiry. You should clear not only cookies & cached images/files but also others like Hosted app data & content licenses.
To do this,go to History, & select Clear browsing data. Tick all expect Passwords & Autofill Form data.If you’re doing this for the first time,it may take some time. Now close Google Chrome & open it again. You’ll notice that page load time is slower,but cache will build up over time & be faster again.
3: Disabling Hardware acceleration:
Chrome’s ability to handle Full HD videos without much buffering or sluggishness was praised when it was launched.However,that turned out to be the major culprit behind resource usage later on. What this essentially does is to make use of your graphics card to assist with the streaming of HD+ videos. If you don’t want this, turn this off & Chrome will never eat your battery again.
Go to Settings, scroll down & click Show Advanced settings. Now scroll down again & at the end, in the System Tab- Uncheck ‘Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed’ & also Uncheck ‘Use hardware acceleration whenever available’.
Restart Chrome, you’ll find out that it’s lot more faster than before!
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