8 tips to know
Faster Google Chrome browsers make studying easier. Whether you’re working on your homework, making notes for class preparation, or organizing your online study spacewe could all do with our faster moving Google Chrome browsers.
Fortunately, the Twitter user Tessa Davis found several methods to achieve this. As a doctor, writer, and educator, Davis has mastered the art of using the popular browser for her career.
True to her passion to “improve your daily use of technology”, she writes a weekly newsletter with advice on technology, presentations and education. Curious about how to improve your Google Chrome experience? She shares her advice in a Twitter feedwhich we have described below.
The most popular browser in the world:
Unfortunately, it sucks up your computer’s memory and slows it down.
Here are 7 easy ways to speed up Chrome:
— Tessa Davis (@TessaRDavis) August 29, 2022
8 Ways to Speed Up Your Google Chrome Browser
1. Update to the latest version of Google Chrome
Each new version of Chrome adds additional features, security fixes, and performance improvements. Therefore, updating to the latest version can compensate for the slow browsing speed. Even if you don’t, updating to the latest version protects you from online threats.
To check if you have updated your Google Chrome browser, you can do the following:
- Click on the three dots at the top right of your browser (which we will call “Options”)
- Choose “Help”
- Click on “About Google Chrome”
Here you will be able to see if you are using the latest version. If you’re late, Chrome may ask you to relaunch your browser.
2. Clear your browsing data
As you visit more websites, data accumulates in Chrome, slowing it down. Here is how you can get rid of this data:
- Click on “Options”
- Choose “More tools”
- Click on “clear browsing data”
Select the items and time period of your search history to clear. We recommend doing this every two weeks to free up internal space on your computer.
3. Configure automatic deletion
It can be difficult to regularly delete your browsing data. After all, you’re an international student – you might have pressing deadlines, busy social lives, and final exams. Here’s how to easily set up an automatic deletion system:
- Click on “Options”
- Click on “Settings”
- Go to “Manage your Google Account”
- Click on “Manage your data and privacy”
- Click on “Web and App Activity”
Scroll down until you see the option to enable your browser’s “Auto-Delete” feature. You can set it to have Chrome delete your data on Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Play that is older than three, 18, or 36 months.
Data here also includes voice and audio recordings and what you do on sites, apps, and devices that use Google services.
4. Disable Extensions You Don’t Use Frequently
While extensions add more functionality to your Google Chrome browser, they can slow down your computer. There’s no limit to the number of Google Chrome extensions you can install, but prioritizing necessary extensions will dramatically improve your browsing experience.
Not sure how to disable extensions you don’t use? Here’s how:
- Click on “Options”
- Click on “More tools”
- Click on “Add-ons”
- Proceed to remove unnecessary extensions
5. Delete Web Apps
The same goes for Google Chrome apps, commonly referred to as Chrome apps. Type “chrome://apps” in your browser and right click on any app to remove them from your browser.
6. Make Web Pages Open Faster with Prefetching
Preloading, also known as prerendering, is a feature that will allow users to quickly load a web page. To enable this feature, follow these steps:
- Go to “chrome://settings/cookies”
- Enable “Preload pages for faster browsing and searching”
7. Hang your tabs
Do you tend to open too many tabs when working on your assignment? Is your browser speed slowing down?
We understand the struggle, and extensions like Hanging tab can help suspend, park, and hibernate inactive tabs. You won’t strain your device while your tabs are inactive, and it could potentially free up memory space that can boost your browser speed.
8. Use experimental features
Type “chrome://flags” into your browser to test out new features that haven’t been released to Chrome. Davies recommends that you consider researching and trying these three features:
- “Parallel Download” improves download speed
- The “back cache” stores sites for quick use
- “Override Software Rendering List” enables GPU acceleration (Graphics Processing Unit is designed to speed up graphics rendering)