Google Chrome is one of the most widely used web browsers but it gets so frustrating when it starts to lag. If you are reading this chances are that Google Chrome is loading slowly on your computer especially on startup. Although this problem is not specific to when you are launching Google Chrome, it can progress after you have used it for a while. Occasionally you might see the “not responding” error at the top of the window. All this may happen while still having sufficient RAM and a decent processor. In addition, this problem does occur without running multiple apps simultaneously.
Why is Google Chrome So Slow?
The reason as to why Google Chrome is so slow can be due to a number of underlying issues. It may be due to some of the installed extensions using too much computer resources, browser history, compatibility issues, custom user settings, DNS cache, etc.
Nonetheless, this problem is easy to solve and just requires a few steps. In this article, we will perform a quick fix for each of these underlying issues are potential causes of Google Chrome loading so slowly. If one solution does not get rid of the problem, go ahead and try out the next one.
Solution 1: Flush DNS cache
Windows 10 locally stores DNS information for the sites and resources that were recently visited. For one reason or another, flushing DNS cache from your system does seem to improve loading speed. Here is how to flush DNS cache:
- First, type in “command prompt” in the search bar. Right-click on the first result and select “Run as administrator”.
- In the command prompt window, type in ipconfig /flushdns and hit enter.
- Next, type in netsh winsock reset and hit enter. In order to complete the process, go ahead and restart your computer then check your browser if the problem is solved.
Solution 2: Disable Chrome extensions
Browser extensions are usually lightweight but some of them use too much computer resources which can slow down your browser. It is prudent to disable addons that you are not using. To do that:
- Start off by opening the Chrome menu then select “More tools” followed by “Extensions”.
- You should see a grid list of all the installed extensions. To disable, tap on the toggle switch.
Solution 3: Clear browser data
Google Chrome stores your browsing history, site cookies, and cache files which may cause the browser to lag. Here is how to clear browser data in Chrome:
- Go to the Chrome menu at the top right and select “settings”.
- Scroll down and expand the advanced section. Right under “Privacy and security”, select “Clear browsing data”.
- Next, ensure that all the three options are selected then tap on the “Clear data” button.
Solution 4: Disable Chrome from restoring page sessions
If this feature is enabled, it allows Google chrome to restore tabs or pages that were previously opened before the browser was closed. If you close Google Chrome without closing the tabs that were opened, the next time you launch Chrome, the same tabs will load as well. This can cause too much resource usage especially if there are many tabs loading at the same time. Here is how to disable this feature:
- Open Chrome menu at the top right of the browser then select “settings”.
- Scroll down and look for “On startup”.
- Right under “On startup”, select the option that says “Open the new tab page”.
Solution 6: Disable Chrome hardware acceleration
Well, the title might say “acceleration” but in the real sense, this setting has the possibility of slowing down your browser and disabling it will be a huge step in giving Google chrome a speed boost. Here is how to disable Chrome hardware acceleration:
- Click on the three dots at the top right of the browser then select settings.
- Scroll down to the advanced section and expand it.
- Now, look for “System”. Right under “system”, there is the option to enable or disable hardware acceleration. Tap on the toggle switch to disable it.
Solution 6: Run compatibility troubleshooter
In case there are any compatibility issues with Google Chrome to your system, this solution automatically recommends the appropriate settings that will allow Chrome to run smoothly. Here is how to run the compatibility troubleshooter on Chrome:
- Go ahead and right-click on the Chrome shortcut and select “properties”.
- In the dialog box that appears, tap on the “Compatibility” tab.
- Now, click on the “Run compatibility troubleshooter” button.
- After the troubleshooter wizard appears, select the “Try Recommended Settings” option.
- Next, click on the “Test the program” button. Normally, this step tests out whether it is appropriate to apply the new settings on Chrome. Chrome should open when you click on this button signifying it is alright to apply the recommended settings.
- After that, close Google Chrome and tap on the “Next” button.
- Now, select the option that says “Yes, save these settings for this program”. Tap the “Close” button to exit the troubleshooter.
Solution 5: Reset Google Chrome
This solution will change the current settings for Google Chrome which include the ones you have ever made (knowing or unknowingly) and resets to the default settings. This means that your browser settings will be like that of a new install. Here is how to reset Google Chrome:
- Tap on the three dots at the top right of the browser and select settings.
- Scroll down and expand the advanced section.
- Go all the way down to where you have “Reset and clean up” and select “Restore settings to their original defaults”.
- Now, hit the “Reset settings” button.
Solution 7: Reinstall Google Chrome
If none of the solutions above was able to fix the problem of Google Chrome loading slowly, then it would be best to completely remove it from your computer then install it again. Before you do, make sure you already have the installer on your computer or you are able to download it using another browser like the preinstalled Microsoft edge.
- To uninstall Google Chrome, type in “Apps and Features” in the search bar.
- In the apps and features window, scroll down through the list until you find chrome, select it then click the “Uninstall” button.