Speed Up Google Chrome and Fix Slow Loading Webpages
Google Chrome is undoubtedly the easiest 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 slow page loading in Google Chrome and make the pages loading faster.
Fix Slow Page Loading in Chrome
Try the following options to improve the page loading speed in Google Chrome:
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.
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 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 command “chrome://settings/clearBrowserData” in the address bar to see “Clear browsing data” popup.
On the screenshot below it indicates there are 1000+ items in the history and cached image/files accounting 366 MB size. Choose “the beginning of time” from the dropdown and click on the “Clear browsing data” button to delete all those browser files which may be causing the slowness.
4. Disable Plugins (For Chrome Version <57)
Plugins are additional external applications 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:
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.
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.
Now open any webpage to check whether the slowness is caused by extensions.
6. Disable Hardware Acceleration
Open Chrome and navigate to the URL “chrome://settings”. You can also access “Settings” option from the Chrome menu. Scroll down to end of the page and click on “Show advanced settings…” link. 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.
7. Disable Network Prediction
The second suggested solution is to turn off network prediction.
In Chrome “Settings” under “Show advanced settings…” option navigate to “Privacy” section. Uncheck the option “Predict network actions to improve page load performance”. Close all browser windows and reopen Chrome to check the page loading speed.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
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.
13. 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.