Fix Google Chrome Slow Page Loading Issue

Google Chrome is undoubtedly the popular browser with more than 60% of the internet users using it for day to day browsing. Though built for safety and fast browsing experience, Chrome also has problems like slow page loading and slower performance when switching the tabs. Here are some tips to fix Google Chrome slow page loading issue and speed up your browsing.

Fix Google Chrome Slow Page Loading Issue

Try the following options to improve the page loading speed in Google Chrome:

  1. Chrome Cleanup Tool for Windows
  2. Change DNS servers
  3. Clear browser history
  4. Disable browser plugins (for older versions)
  5. Check installed browser extensions
  6. Disable hardware acceleration
  7. Delete bookmarks
  8. Update Chrome version
  9. Check antivirus firewall settings
  10. Enable network predictions
  11. Close memory occupying processes
  12. Close multiple not used tabs

Each option is discussed detail in the below sections.

1. Chrome Cleanup Tool for Windows

Google has a dedicated cleanup tool to scan and remove the malware and spyware causing problem with Chrome browser. This tool is only available for Windows 7 / 8 / 10 and you can download for free. Scan your PC with this tool and remove the problematic software codes to speedup Chrome.

Google Chrome Cleanup Tool
Google Chrome Cleanup Tool

2. DNS Resolution Problem

Before going to browser specific issues the most general issue for slow page loading is the incorrect DNS resolution. If you frequently notice the message “Resolving host..” on your browser’s status bar then changing to public DNS might help in fixing it.

Resolving Host Issue in Chrome
Resolving Host Issue in Chrome

Open the site in another browser like Firefox, IE or Safari and check the site loading speed. If it loads slow in all the browsers then the possible cause here could be your DNS settings. Refer our detailed article for fixing the resolving host issue on Google Chrome.

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If you see any messages like “waiting for fonts.googleapis.com” or “waiting for ajax.googleapis.com” then there could be many other reasons for slow loading. Click on the below buttons to read more on each of these topics.

3. Clear Browser History

Over the period of time there will be lots of unnecessary history files accumulated slowing down the browser’s performance. Open the URL commandchrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in the address bar to see “Clear browsing data” popup.

Clear Browsing Data in Chrome
Clear Browsing Data in Chrome

Go to “Advanced” tab and choose “All time” from the dropdown to clear the browsing history from the beginning of browser installation. Click on the “Clear data” button to delete all those browser files which may be causing the slowness.

1. You can also clear browser history from the setting menu “More Tools > Clear Browsing Data…“.

2. You may feel the slowness in loading the page first time after the history is cleared due to cleanup of cookies and CSS. The page loading speed will improv from next time you open the same page.

4. Disable Plugins (For Chrome Version <57)

Plugins are additional external applications that help to enhance the functions of Chrome browser. There are many possibilities that one of the installed plugins may affect the speed of the Chrome. The easy way to check this is to open the page in incognito mode, if it loads faster then the cause here could be the plugins, extensions or browser cache. You can view the installed plugins using the URL “chrome://plugins/” as below:

Disabling Chrome Plugins
Disabling Chrome Plugins

Disable all the listed plugins and clear the browser’s history as explained in point 2 above. Load any webpage and check whether it loads faster than before.

The plugins option will be available only on the Chrome version lower than 57. You will not see the plugins option in higher version, instead you can disable extensions as mentioned in the next section.

5. Disabling Extensions

Similar to plugins, extensions are also additional applications installed on the browser. Open URL “chrome://extensions/” to view the list of extensions and disable all.

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Disable Extensions in Chrome
Disable Extensions in Chrome

Now open any webpage to check whether the slowness is caused by extensions. If the page loads faster then enable the extensions one by one to narrow down the one causing issue.

6. Disable Hardware Acceleration

Open Chrome and navigate to the URL “chrome://settings”. Scroll down to end of the page and click on “Advanced ” option. Under “System” section disable the check box “Use hardware acceleration when available”.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome
Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome

Close and reopen your browser to check whether the page loading speed is improved.

7. Delete Bookmarks

Do you have lot of pages bookmarked? There is a known bug that large bookmarking slows down the performance especially when opening a new tab. Export all your bookmarks and delete them from the browser. Check the speed and if there is no improvement you can import the bookmarks back.

8. Check Your Chrome Installation Version

Always keep your browser up to date and if the slow page loading continues in the latest Chrome version the option is to uninstall Chrome and test the beta version. Chrome beta version comes with the latest features a month prior to the stable version.

Download Google Chrome Beta
Download Google Chrome Beta

Also ensure you have installed correct 64 bit or 32 bit Chrome version based on your operating system.

9. Check Antivirus and Firewall Settings

Antivirus and firewall settings may also slow down Chrome. Disable your antivirus and firewall settings then check the page is loading faster. Certain firewall applications need the app to be authorized before sending and receiving network. So check your application and ensure that Chrome app is allowed to pass through the firewall settings.

10. Enable Network Predictions

Network prediction service allows Chrome to preload the linked pages on the webpage. So when the page is loaded, all connected links will be automatically preloaded by Chrome. Again when you click on any of the link on the page, Chrome will load the content faster as it was already prefetched.

Go to the URL “chrome://settings/privacy” and enable “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” option under “Privacy and security” section. Close all browser windows and reopen Chrome to check the page loading speed.

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Enable Prediction Service in Chrome
Enable Prediction Service in Chrome

Sometimes enabling network prediction may slow down the Chrome. Check the speed of webpages and disable this option if this causes problem.

11. Close Memory Occupying Processes

One of the major reasons for lower speed is that many other processes running on other tabs occupy the available memory. This will lead to lower memory for the new loading page and even result in crashing with the errors like “Aw, Snap!“.

Click on the “More (three dots on top right corner) > More Tools > Task Manager“. You will see the “Task Manager” showing all running browser processes. You can sort the processes based on the memory.

End High Memory Processes in Chrome
End High Memory Processes in Chrome

Select the high memory consuming process and click on the “End Process” button to kill the page. This may result in “Aw, Snap!” error on the tab which you killed the process. Now that the occupied but unused memory is cleared and the new page can use that memory to load faster.

Similar to browser processes, there will be apps and programs running in the background on your PC or Mac. These unused programs will also occupy your computer’s memory and slow down the browser. So if you notice the browser is very slow then first cleanup the memory of your computer.

12. Close Multiple Not Used Tabs

Some of the users are habituated to use the browser with large number of open tabs. Each open tab on the browser will essentially occupy the memory. This can be seen on the “Task Manager” as explained above. As a result, any new page you try to open will be loading slowly.

Large Number of Unused Open Tabs
Large Number of Unused Open Tabs

If you don’t want to check the memory then simple close all unused tabs to improve the speed for other pages. Learn more on how to manage tabs in Chrome.

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19 thoughts on “Fix Google Chrome Slow Page Loading Issue”

  1. Thanks

    Sometimes, just clearing caches and cookies do the trick: they can be huge, several GB. Use bleachbit or other tools to clear up all the useless data

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  2. My problem was that whenever i opened chrome after a PC restart or Chrome restart it loads the first page i open very slowly (20-30 seconds) and this did not happen to any other browsers so i tried this method and it worked. This might work for you as it worked for me.

    Steps:

    1. Click the Chrome menu button on the browser toolbar

    2. Select Settings

    3. Click Show advanced settings

    4. Click Change proxy settings. This will open the Windows Internet
    Properties dialog

    5. Click LAN settings

    6. Deselect the “Automatically detect settings” checkbox

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  3. Run cmd prompt and type regedit.exe.
    Go to : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces

    Ensure you only have one network card, delete the other. This is because data tried to send to wrong network card wired or wireless.

    Works for me. Took me 3 months able to find this trick. 99% of experts failed on this one

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    • This is extremely poor advise to give to a standard user trying to fix this type of issue with their computer. There are multiple reasons why a computer may have two or more network interface cards (NICs): Laptops/Desktops that may have both wired and wireless capabilities, Desktops with multiple network cards, etc.

      Editing the registry of a computer can be dangerous if you do not fully understand what you are doing and can lead to a computer that will not boot anymore.

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  4. I tried all the suggestions with no improvement. After giving up, I happened to noticed in the sidebar of a Finder window (MacBook Pro, OS 10.11) that the listed links included “Chrome” under the “Devices” heading. Finding that rather strange as a browser is not a device, I Control + click on Chrome and selected “Delete” in the resulting pop-up menu. Reopened Chrome from the Dock, and it loaded the selected homepage immediately — no more waiting for first page loading. I have no idea how Chrome got placed in the sidebar, but I had a thought that it was waiting to load something and had to time-out before it would load the desired first page. Weird.

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    • Normally, the installation is mounted and shows on the Finder sidebar. You can eject the mounting to remove it. This should not have any effect on the speed, nevertheless it’s good if it works for you.

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  5. In the past when I have deleted searches (browsing history), I have lost all my sign ins to mail and face book. I don’t have a record of my most recent passwords, so is there a way to delete history without losing my sign-ins?

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    • Generally passwords are applicable for the session based on the cookie. You can try unchecking the boxes for cookies and passwords when clearing the history.

      Looks you are selecting both cookies and passwords to clear.

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    • You can’t set expiry header for other domain. This is a know problem with AdSense that the page speed will get highly impacted.

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