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 especially when switching the tabs. Here are some tips to fix Google Chrome slow page loading issue and speed up your browsing.
Slow Google Chrome
The issue can be caused due to various reasons starting from wrong settings to a faulty extension. Depending up on the situation try the following options to improve the page loading speed in Google Chrome.
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. Earlier this was offered as a separate tool which you could download from Chrome website. However, now this tool is part of Chrome settings and is only available for Windows PC. Scan your PC with this tool and remove the problematic software codes to speedup Chrome. Go to chrome://settings/cleanup URL in the address bar and click on the “Find” button against “Find harmful software” option. Chrome will start scanning your PC and remove the problematic software codes to speed up the browsing.
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.
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.
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 page loading. Learn more on how to fix fonts.googleapis.com and ajax.googleapis.com issues in Google Chrome.
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 command “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in the address bar to see “Clear browsing data” popup.
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.
Note: You can also clear browser history from the setting menu “More Tools > Clear Browsing Data…“. In addition, 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. Disabling Extensions
Extensions are additional external applications that help to enhance the functions of Chrome browser. There are many possibilities that one of the installed extensions may affect the speed of 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 extensions or your browser cache. You can view al the installed extensions using the URL “chrome://plugins/” and disable them.
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.
5. 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”.
Close and reopen your browser to check whether the page loading speed is improved.
6. 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.
7. 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.
Also ensure you have installed correct 64 bit or 32 bit Chrome version based on your operating system.
8. 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.
9. 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.
Warning: Sometimes enabling network prediction may slow down the Chrome. Check the speed of webpages and disable this option if this causes problem.
10. Close Memory Consuming 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.
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.
Note: 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.
11. 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.
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.
FAQ on Fixing Slow Google Chrome
Yes, you can fix slow Chrome and solution depends upon the situation. Most of the times, clearing browser caching will help to fix the issue if not you can reset the browser from the settings page.
No, there will be no data loss when troubleshooting the slowness, your bookmarks and saved passwords will be available. However, after deleting browsing history you may find the browser is responding slow when you visit pages for the first time. In addition, make sure to sync your settings before resetting the browser.
It helps to improve the speed if any installed extension was causing the issue. However, make sure you have disabled all extensions in incognito mode.
Chrome offers a free malware cleanup tool which you can access from the settings page in Windows version. On Mac, you need to manually scan and clean up the system using any third-party apps.
Chrome will consume high resources when you use lot of open tabs. You can use Chrome Task Manager tool to view and kill the resource intensive tabs.
Firefox is one of the best alternative browser you can consider. However, if you do not want to use third-party apps, then use the default Edge browser in Windows and Safari browser in macOS.
My problem is the highlighted area does not download as selected. For example, the bottom three lines on a crossword puzzle will highlight but will not download. Highlighting the suduku puzzle results in the loss of the bottom two thirds of the puzzle and inclusion in the download of a like area above the puzzle that is not wanted.
Several of my friends also did not know the answer to this problem. Internet Explorer does not have this problem. All highlighted areas downloaded correctly.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
It’s difficult to understand your problem, probably provide the website URL that you are having trouble with Chrome.
Disable Hardware Acceleration work for me. Now supper fast my laptop!!!! Thak you so so much for help!
Thank you very much! It was an extension that was slowing down certain pages for me! So happy I can go back to Chrome now
Genius! Thank you…and so simple. Just selecting hardware acceleration…..
What possible benefit is there to deleting bookmarks? I could do with a laugh.
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
Thanks for your useful article. All 12 steps are really clear with many screenshots to illustrate. ?
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.
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
5. Click LAN settings
6. Deselect the “Automatically detect settings” checkbox
Thanks for posting. Network settings should always be correct for any browsers to work properly. We will update the article with your suggestion.
Thanks so much – this worked for me!
ty so mush
Thank you soooo much!!!!! This did the trick!! Owe you one.
Genius! Thank you…and so simple. Just selecting hardware acceleration…..
Same here! Simply selecting hardware acceleration allows me to see my pages again for some reason.
Change the MTU setting to a lower one (for example 1464) on your router.
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
Thanks for posting, it should be helpful for those running multiple networks.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
after i use google adsense and analytics code in wordpress
My site is slow, and they told me to fix it as below
Do you have a solution to this problem
Setting an expiry date or a maximum age in the HTTP header
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (60 minutes)
https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/osd.js (60 minutes)
https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js (2 hours)
My site: gooeos.com
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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