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Google Chrome will soon help you browse the web faster, here’s how

'Lazy Loading' to help in reducing webpage load times

  • Published: August 17, 2018 5:31 PM IST
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Google Chrome is the most widely-used web browser around the world, thanks to features such as a minimal user interface, extensive range of functionality-enhancing extensions and of course, seamless integration and synchronization with other Google services. From PCs to smartphones, it’s used across a variety of devices.

Now, how fast you’re able to browse the web on Google Chrome (or any other browser, as a matter of fact) is dependent on a lot of factors, including the speed and quality of your internet (or cellular data) connection. However, it also depends on the way Chrome loads up webpages (which in turn, make up websites). The popular web browser is now testing a new loading technique, which will allow you to browse the web faster.

Dubbed ‘Lazy Loading,’ the feature has been spotted on Google Chrome’s developmental ‘Canary’ channel.

In the simplest of terms, ‘Lazy Loading’ is a technique that allows the web browser (in this case, Google Chrome) to load only those webpage elements that are currently visible on the display. The rest of the elements are loaded as the user scrolls up/down. This results in an overall faster browsing experience, since the browser doesn’t have to load and cache the entire webpage in one go.

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If you want to try this feature out, you’ll first need to download Google Chrome’s latest Canary build. Once installed, open chrome://flags to access Google Chrome’s flags (experimental features) sub-section.

Now, find the following two flags, change their value to Enabled, and restart the browser when prompted to do so.

  1. chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-image-loading
  2. chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-frame-loading

That’s it! With ‘Lazy Loading’ enabled, you should see (at least, a little) improvement in your web browsing experience.

  • Published Date: August 17, 2018 5:31 PM IST