How to make Google Chrome use less system RAM and run faster


Many people don’t use Google Chrome because it begins to take up lots of system RAM  and grows very sluggish as you go on using it. I personally know people who prefer the Mozilla Firefox browser over Google Chrome simply because of this reason. So, if you feel that Google Chrome is running slower than it used to run, then most probably it has started hogging up your system RAM and consequently, has begun to get sluggish. But there are some steps you can take to make Google Chrome use less system RAM and run faster, as explained in this ZDNet update. Some of the steps are listed below:

  1. Uninstall the extensions that you need: Many often extensions use up lots of RAM on your system. Sometimes you install them and then forget about them. Go through the list of extensions that you have installed and uninstall them unless they are extremely necessary to keep.
  2. Uninstall the extra Google Chrome plug-ins: The same goes with Google Chrome plug-ins. If you don’t absolutely need them, then get rid of them. They often make Google Chrome run slow and hog up your system RAM.
  3. Open fewer tabs at a time: Just because your browser allows you to open an unlimited number of tabs  it doesn’t mean you go crazy. Keep only those tabs opened that you need. Immediately close the tab when you are through. On many occasions, we move on to the next tab even when we no longer need the tab we have left opened. Opened tabs use lots of system RAM and make Google Chrome runs low. The above ZDNet link mentions some extensions that you can use to manage your browser tabs but then it will pose the same sort of problem – making you use an extra extension. And besides, the tabs will be still open, whether you keep them hidden under a “folder” or simply let them be. So I suggest, open fewer tabs at a time.
  4. Update Google Chrome: You might be running an outdated Google Chrome browser and this might be slowing it down. Update it as soon as possible.
  5. Close Google Chrome when you don’t need it: When Google Chrome is running, it is constantly using your system RAM and even affecting other apps and software applications. If you don’t need Google Chrome right now, close it. If you think you will lose the currently open web pages and you don’t want them to close, there is a setting that will automatically load them when you start Google Chrome next time. Here is how to do it:In the location bar go to chrome://settings and under the “On startup” section, you will find the following choices:Open the New Tab page
    Continue where you left off
    Open a specific page or set of pages

    If you choose “Continue where you left off” when you start Google Chrome again, the same pages will load.

  6. Run the default theme:  If you feel Google Chrome is running slow or it might be using lots of system RAM, then your current theme might be the culprit. Using custom themes in Google Chrome  looks nice, but many themes take up lots of system RAM and slow your Google Chrome browser down. If you can manage, use the default theme that is optimized for the browser.
  7. Clear your cache: Cache allows you to browse web pages faster because it locally saves the information that hasn’t yet been changed on the web pages. But cache also slows down your browser.

These are a few steps that will make Google Chrome use less system RAM and make it run faster. Some people also complain that there are memory leaks when they use Google Chrome but I haven’t faced such problem.


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Amrit Hallan is the founder of He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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