Google Chrome is among the most widely-used web browsers on Windows PC and on smartphones. Initially launched as a web browser, it now supports plugins, extensions, apps much more. The web browser also has its own store. Now, while it is feature packed, there are some downsides attached to it too. The add-ons generally tend to hog a lot of resources, which not only slows down your laptop, but also drains considerable amount of battery.
While Google Chrome gained traction with an increasing user base, competitors such as Opera and Microsoft Edge kept on improving on the battery life aspect. It’s no secret, Google Chrome is resource hungry, even for most basic tasks. For those who don’t want to switch to other browsers for better battery life, here are five tips that can not only help speed up Chrome, but also save battery life on your devices.
Stop Google Chrome from running in background
Even when you close all the tabs and close Google Chrome browser, it continues to run in the background, at least on a Windows PC. This majorly impacts the battery life of your laptop. ALSO READ: Google Chrome 59 for Android rolls out; promises up to 20% faster web page loading
To ensure Google Chrome doesn’t run in the background, click on the system tray icon on the bottom right and look for Chrome icon. Right-click on this icon and uncheck the option that reads ‘Let Google Chrome Run in Background’ followed by ‘Exit’ option under it. Now, every time you close the chrome browser, it will shut down, rather than running in the background.
Remove unwanted extensions and apps
A lot of us install apps and extensions on Chrome to make things easier. Some examples include plugins to capture screenshot, save webpage for offline viewing, and more. However, there are times when a lot of these apps and extensions are not used on daily basis. Even when these apps aren’t running, they still hog resources like memory and CPU.
To save on battery life and make Chrome browser a bit faster, it is better to uninstall unwanted apps and extensions. To do this, type chrome://extensions on the address bar and hit enter. This will show the list of all the installed apps and extensions. You can either uninstall them by clicking on the Trash can icon or ‘uncheck’ the box to disable it. ALSO READ: Google Chrome browser’s native ad-blocker feature to launch next year; here’s what it means for you
Close unused tabs
Generally, people tend to open multiple tabs while only working on a couple of them. The webpages that keep running in the background not only hog resources, but also keep refreshing and drain the battery. This also causes the laptop to slow down. To ensure smooth functioning, it is better to close unwanted tabs.
Restrict flash usage
Advertisers are moving away from Flash ads and switching to HTML5. However, a lot of them are still using Flash and it does slow down the laptop, especially when a lot of tabs are open in the background. The best way is to disable Flash content to speed up your laptop.
To do this, type chrome://settings/ on address bar and hit enter. Next, move on to Show Advanced Settings -> Content Settings -> Flash. Here you have three options — allow flash, block sites running flash and ask before allowing sites to run flash. Ensure that you keep the settings on allow sites to only run flash after asking. ALSO READ: Google Chrome for Android gets new improved features to download and find webpages offline
Keep your Chrome browser updated
To ensure optimal of Chrome browser on your laptop or PC, ensure that you have the browser updated to the latest version. You can do this by typing chrome://help/ on the address bar and hit enter. It will check for updates, and if available it will install them too.