How to Speed Up Google Chrome on Mac / Windows

Here are now some valuable tips on how to accelerate Google Chrome Mac (macOS and Mac OS X), Windows 10 ( 8, 7, Vista, XP) or even Chromium if you are running Linux.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you install Google Chrome 64-bit instead of 32-bit and find the best DNS to accelerate the Internet and then apply the following tips at your convenience.

For your information, we have used Google Chrome version 60 for this complete guide.

Accelerating Google Chrome Mac and Windows: Clearing Browsing Data

Your speed issue with Google Chrome may be related to navigation data only. So the first thing to do is to click on Chrome in the More Tools menu and Clear Browsing Data (Browsing History, Download History, Cached Images and Files, Cookies and other site data). Restart the browser and see the improvement. If you’re on a Mac, be sure to also read Cleaning Cookies on Safari Mac (MacOS / OS X).

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: remove unnecessary extensions

It’s no secret, some extensions remain active in your Google Chrome profile and are strictly useless! Don’t forget to uninstall them or if you think you regularly need to deactivate them. Go to More Tools and Extensions. Uncheck the extensions to deactivate them or click on the Trash icon to remove them permanently.

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: using a prediction service

A prediction service allows you to load your web pages faster. We invite you to activate this option. Go to Settings and at the very bottom of the page expand the Advanced Settings menu. Activate the button that turns blue, for the option “Use a prediction service to load pages faster” or for the option “Preload pages to speed up browsing and searching”.

Uses cookies to remember your preferences, even if you do not access these pages”.

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: install the Chrome Data Saver extension

There is an extension made by Google in the Chrome web store, it is Data Saver which skillfully takes advantage of Google’s servers. Add this Data Saver to Google Chrome. It drastically reduces the amount of data you download by compressing the pages you visit. Less data to download means more optimized web browsing!

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: no loading Flash content without your permission

Many websites display Flash animations or ads that are not necessarily relevant. Flash content automatically launches on Google Chrome, unless you specify otherwise, and it slows down navigation. Go to Settings, Advanced Settings, and expand the Content Settings submenu to control what information websites can and cannot use and display. In the Flash section enable the Ask First option.

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: Disable the display of images

Nothing prevents you from browsing with Chrome by disabling the display of images especially when you are with a laptop, in a mobile situation, connected to a HotSpot or a slow WiFi / 4G network. To browse on Google Chrome Mac or Windows without displaying images / photos go to Settings, Advanced Settings, Content Settings and finally to the Images submenu (by default on Display All). Simply position the cursor on Do not display images. You will now see text links that will indicate the location of the images in an article or web page.

Accelerate Google Chrome Mac and Windows: experimental features

Advanced users can exploit the experimental features of Google Chrome. Some of them are still under development and are specifically designed to boost the browser! In the address bar of Chrome enter without quotes “chrome://flags” then the Enter key.

Experimental Canvas Features

Look on the “Experimental Canvas Features” page and click on the blue Activate link. This option greatly speeds up the loading of web pages by eliminating unnecessary information that is invisible to the user.

Default tile width

Look for the value “Default tile width” which is set to “Default”. If you have at least 4G of RAM then set the value to “512” then click on the Restart Now button at the bottom of the page to take into account the changes.

Fast tab/window close

Look for the “Fast tab/window close” feature and click again on the Activate link. This will speed up the closing of windows and tabs in Google Chrome. At the end of the action, click Restart Now.

QUIC Protocol

It is possible to improve the loading and the number of connections when the page loads by activating the QUIC Protocol (Quick UDP Internet Connections). To put it simply, let’s say that the client computer can send data directly to the server without wasting time with preliminary exchanges when a site has already been contacted before.

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