This article will definitely help you are experiencing slow page loading even if you have the so-called “fastest web browser” installed on your computer.
Nowadays, Most of our work now depends on Internet surfing, for that user indeed needs a browser.
If slow loading web-page stays forever, one would have to wait for a longer time to load pages.
That will result in wasting a lot of time.
Even if you have a good Internet speed enough to carry out all your browsing tasks at a fast pace, but you’re still experiencing slow web-page load times, then your browser is at fault.
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Why am I experiencing slow page loads?
Yeah, page loads depend on your Internet speed, but on the minor side, it also depends on how fast your browser processes the requests.
Not just your Internet speed matters, but also your PC configuration matters as well.
If your browser is unable to render and processes web page requests quickly, you’ll have those upset moments staring at Chrome loading pages too slow.
Check your computer configuration
Before accusing Google chrome browser as the root of all the problems, you should first take a look at your PC configuration, which may be the reason why Chrome isn’t able to extract the real power and offer you the actual performance.
So, this essential guide is all about tweaking Chrome (and not your PC) to match your PC configuration to finally give Chrome the access it needs to provide you with optimal performance.
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Help Google Chrome harness your PC power
You might see here some of the most commonly mentioned tactics below.
Don’t get angry by thinking that this is the same stuff as else everywhere, because everything has to start at a point, and in Chrome, this is the point where optimization starts.
Clean your Browser Cache
The first and foremost essential step is to clear off your browser cache and empty out everything completely.
Just as a massive box needs more energy to be lifted off, the vast piles of cache in your browser often make Chrome tired (pun intended).
So, start your optimization tasks with cleaning all the huge piles of browser caching.
“Browser cache” has many sub-items which includes your browsing history, cached web pages, auto-fill form data, important passwords, etc.
So, be sure to tick mark only those things that you need to clean.
Cleaning your browser history would be the default for everyone because that’s the main element of caching.
Regarding other options, make sure you don’t need them before flush them because once deleted, they won’t be recovered again.
To clear browser cache, follow these steps:-
- Open Chrome Menu (Hamburger Icon beside the address bar), navigate to History (Alternatively, press Ctrl+H).
- Now, you’ll see the list of web-pages you have visited as browsing history, above which there is an option named Clear Browsing Data. Click on it.
- A dialogue box pops up. It says ‘select the time from when you want to clear cache and history. I would recommend you to go to “the beginning of time. “
- From the checkbox below, check the ones that you want to be deleted and click the Clear Browsing Data button below.
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This is one of the most regular things you might have heard when you ask anyone about your slow browser, and it holds.
As many extensions your browser tends to run simultaneously, lesser will be the power left for Chrome to harness and give you performance.
Let’s make this simple
If Chrome has one extension running (all the enabled extensions run as long as you have your browser opened), it runs as a particular task that consumes resources from your PC (the memory and power) from Chrome.
That is, it shares its part from the resources allocated to Chrome. Hence, Chrome will have to share the resources, which will then result in degradation of performance.
Just relate this with the numerous extensions running silently in the background without even you knowing what’s happening…
Each extension counts as a different process which consumes as much memory (sometimes more) as of a new tab opened in Chrome (which is approximately 40-50 MB’s, depending on the type of extension).
To Disable the Extensions, Follow these steps:-
- Chrome Menu -> More Tools -> Extensions.
- Disable the ones that you don’t require currently, and delete the ones that you can live without! (Yes, you’ll have to make the hard choice)
Another important (yet familiar) advice to speed up Chrome is to disable plugins.
What are plugins?
You might be thinking that they’re just the same as extensions, right?
Plug-ins (or Plugins, as famously known) are additional functionalities to a framework (in general).
In Chrome, this definition holds true, also defining some essential pre-shipped products that are almost necessary for web pages to work fine.
Let’s simplify it with an example:
The most famous Adobe Flash Player is a plugin and not an extension just because you need flash to run some web pages or pieces of content or videos.
So, in layman’s terms, they’re pre-shipped important functions needed for certain parts of web pages to work.
When saying pre-shipped, it means that they already come along with the browser (or you already have it installed on your PC, which then integrates with the browser).
They affect the browser’s resources the same way as the extensions do.
When this is the case, you can get sure that you don’t need some part of it for everyday use, like Flash Player.
To Disable Plugins, follow these steps:-
- Type this address “chrome://plugins” in the address bar of your browser.
- You’ll then see a list of plugins enabled or disabled in Chrome. Simply, just disable the ones that you don’t want.
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Remove Web Apps
Chrome isn’t an ordinary browser, but a full-fledged framework that not only runs your regular web pages but can also run locally-installed apps.
Like, if you constantly check your Gmail every day and many times a day, then you can add Gmail as an app in Chrome which would then show up on the New Tab page (although, GMail is already pre-installed)
But, as you go on stacking up apps in your list, the downside is, they start taking bit-by-bit resources from your browser to be ready to get instantly launched whenever needed (as they don’t know when will you click them).
This is a kind of performance addition to you when you launch these apps (as they instantly get launched), but, when not needed, will continue taking bytes from your browser’s precious resources.
To Disable Web Apps, follow these steps:-
- Type “chrome://plugins” in the address bar of your browser.
- Right, click on the app you wish to remove, click on “Remove from Chrome. “
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In the first place, what’s Prefetching?
As the word suggests, prefetching is fetching before loading.
In simple terms, whenever you browse anything via Google, the first three results will already get fetched before you open it.
This will result in fast web page loading of them as they’re already fetched beforehand. This increases the browsing experience dramatically.
To Enable Prefetching, follow these steps:-
- Click on Chrome Menu -> Settings.
- Click on the last blue colored link that says “Show Advanced Options. “ This will extend your settings window with additional options.
- Under the Privacy section, select the 3rd option that says, “Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly. “
Note to Remember:-
In newer versions of Chrome, this option is enabled by default. So, at any time, if you’ve disabled it, just let it enabled, and you’ll have a nice faster page load experience.
Chrome is made by Google, so obviously, there’s more to that browser.
Google collects all your search details, web page actions, and everything you do on your browser (Chrome). That’s a little sneaky, but that’s how everything’s done.
So, on the verge of collecting data, Chrome constantly uses your Internet connection and resources to retrieve that data.
When this continuous going on for a few hours (yes, I said “hours”), it starts lagging badly. Also, in the shorter period as well, there’s still a minor effect of it on performance.
This can’t be tackled without using the extension as there is no kind of easy option to prevent or stop this.
(Yes, extensions do slow down your browser, but when used to speed up your browser, you’re left with a positive result).
OK, so the extension is:
Data Compression Proxy
This extension smartly dozes off bytes from the data in-queue to Google. Hence it’s called a Data Compression Proxy.
Another advantage of using this extension will be, it’s an AdBlocker that means you won’t see those unnecessary ads in your browser.
With it, you’ll surely experience a good boost in browsing performance.
These were the exact methods that will boost your Google Chrome browser speed.
Which methods worked for you? Please let us know in the comment box.