Top Tips To Speed Up Google Chrome

Many people use the Google Chrome browser on their Android devices and Chromebooks, to start using the browser on their Windows and Apple Mac computers. The main reasons for moving to the Chrome browser on the desktop platform is because Google Chrome can synchronize history and bookmarks between all of your devices when you sign into the browser using your Google account. This is a small but powerful feature. It means that a user can easily switch computer but stay on the same website, great if you use different machines in the course of your day. Chrome also includes an Incognito Mode, which limits the amount of days tracked and is perfect when shopping for loved ones on a shared computer.

However, Google Chrome's main weakness is that it is no longer the lightweight, speedy browser it once was. Over time and use, Chrome can also slow down on our Android devices, so let's take a look as to how we can speed up the application starting with at cache cleaning. This particular tip is no it unique to the Chrome browser as it can help all manner of different devices: it removes temporary browser data from the device. It's easy to write the cache: head into Settings, Apps, find and select Google Chrome and tap "Clear Cache." Using the "Clear Data" option will require you to log back into websites.

It's also possible to increase the amount of memory that Chrome has to work with using the built-in flags within Chrome. Simply enter "chrome://flags/#max-tiles-for-interest-area" into the address bar and Chrome will display the flags screen highlighting the one you want. Select the drop down menu and change the option from the Default to 512. This is providing the browser with more memory, which should help browsing performance but do bear in mind that it can cause other performance issues as the operating system may need to claim memory back from Chrome. Nevertheless, if you are working with complex and large websites, this setting can give Chrome a dramatic performance improvement.

One of the reasons why Chrome may be running slowly is because your data connection is slow. There's a way Chrome can help you via the Data Saver option, which you find in Settings, Data Saver. Turning this on runs much of Chrome's data via the Google servers, which compresses what it can. This reduces the amount of data that has to be loaded by your device at the expense of a small increase in processor load, because the hardware now has to decompress images. A side effect of this change is that it will reduce your device's data usage, which could result in lower bills.

The final change that you might want to implement is to disable JavaScript from running, which you can do from the Chrome app's Settings menu. Disabling JavaScript will prevent certain interactive features from running but it also prevents them from loading, so speeds things up. Disabling JavaScript is a useful trick if you are reading rather than interacting with websites, as it makes the Internet a less functional place. It is, however, a great feature for certain websites that are simply slow, but it's an option that arguably works better on the more mobile platforms where you may spend more time reading and less time posting.

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David Steele

Senior Staff Writer
I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.
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