With the coming of the internet age, an efficient and fast browser is what is most important to any internet user. Over time Google Chrome has become the go-to secure browser because of its speed, simple and functional interface that is compatible with all devices, thus putting it at the very top when it comes to browser choices. Though it has a super fast and near accurate search engine, sometimes users are bound to experience annoyingly slow browsing and are in dire need of how to make Chrome run faster. Some reasons why you might experience a slow Chrome browser could be due to a full cache, junk, browser history, extensions causing issues, or maybe the version of your browser is an older one. Whatever the reason if you are looking for ways on how to make Chrome work faster, I will be listing some tips that can speed up your browsing and optimize Chrome on your PC:

You need a Google Chrome Browser Update

This is often the best and first step to take when you are experiencing slow browsing especially if you have not used Chrome for a while because you might have missed the fact that there is a new version available for your PC. Using an older version is one of the main reasons for the slowness of the browser, and with each update of Chrome, you also get the latest security fixes and improvements on performance. Though Google Chrome usually updates itself automatically or sends you visual reminders (via the burger menu that changes from green to yellow and then red) there are times; due to some technical reason or poor connectivity, it cannot automatically update so you'll have to do it manually with the following steps:

  • From the Chrome menu bar check "Customise and control";
  • Scroll to down to select "Help' and then click on "About Google Chrome" again
Google Chrome Browser Update
  • the version you are using will appear;
  • if it is current it shows you nothing;
Update Chrome

But whereby it isn't up to date, there is notification suggesting to update Chrome in "Customise and control" when you click it.

Ensure you that you clear cache & browsing data.

For faster performance Google Chrome stores cache and cookies, But sometimes it takes up a lot of RAM space, and it may affect browser performance. So you should clear up your cache regularly to get Chrome working faster when browsing. You can apply the following steps to help clear up your cache and browsing data:

  • Lunch Google Chrome on your PC;
  • Navigate to the address bar and type in “chrome: //settings/clearBrowserData”;
  • From the "Clear browsing data "window that pops up, select Cached images and files and Cookies and other site data;
Clear browsing data
  • Ensure you choose the “Time Range” >> “All Time" option;
  • Then click on “clear data”;
  • Restart the chrome and it will remove and clear up all unwanted data, freeing up more space to optimize Chrome usage.

Try removing unusual extensions

An extension is a small program that adds extra features to your Google Chrome and allows you to do more. Though helpful, some of these extensions could affect Chrome performance. Usually, they run in the background to parse or filter web pages before they’re being displayed on the screen, but they also load their data pack from the Internet. Though you can use as many extensions as you choose it is advisable to disable the less important ones to see if it will enable speeding up Google Chrome on your PC, where there isn’t much of a change in speed you can try to uninstall the extensions you don’t need completely. To disable extensions, try the following steps:

  • Open Chrome’s Options form the menu;
  • From the dropbox, click on “More tools” and then click on the  “Extensions” button;
  • Toggle off the extensions you want to disable or click on the Remove option to delete the extension permanently.
Try removing unusual extensions

You can always go back to enable extension you have disabled anytime you might need it. 

Run the Default Theme only

You can customize both the interface and change the themes on your PC using Google Chrome. This, however, takes up a lot for RAM space and thus instead of making Chrome faster it slows the browsing speed and Chrome performance. Being that there is already a default Chrome theme running that also optimizes Chrome speed, so if you have opted for a customized theme instead, it is advisable that you remove it and stick with the default theme. 

To use the default theme:

  • In your address bar type in chrome://settings
  • Under “Appearance” section, look for “Reset to default” button and click on it
  • The Chrome Default theme will be restored and hopefully optimal browsing speed too.
  • If there is no "Reset to default theme” button then it means you are already using the Chrome Default theme.

Manage unnecessary Plugins

Plugins are similar to extensions. They allow extended functionalities to the web browser. Google Chrome has a number of in-built plugins provided such as; Chrome PDF Viewer, Native Client, etc and the plugins by other software installed on your PC. These plugins can also slow down Chrome browser performance To Disable plugins on Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • In the address bar type in :chrome://plugins & click on  Enter.
  • From the “Plug-ins” page, disable the “Adobe Flash Player” plugin or any other plugins you do not need.

Install the Data Saver Extension

Sometimes a slow browser may be as a result of poor internet connection, so one other way you can help improve the bandwidth is by installing a Google Data Saver extension. It is an extension that uses Google servers to help compress and optimize web pages before they are being delivered to your browser. 

Install the Data Saver Extension

Check for unwanted software using Chrome cleanup tool

For Windows users, you can install and use the Chrome Cleanup Tool to find and remove unwanted software and also correct issues such as crashes, unusual start-up pages, and toolbars, unexpected advertisements you can’t seem to remove. This tool enables your PC to perform a complete scan and likewise removes any software that may be causing slow browsing on Chrome. Once the infections and malicious programs have been removed using Chrome Cleanup Tool, you can try checking the browser performance to see if there is any improvement.

To clean up Malware generally you can apply the following steps for Windows PC:

  • Open Chrome.
  • At the top right hand corner of your screen, look for “More  Settings” and click on it;
  • Scroll to the bottom and  click on “Advanced”;
  • From the “Reset and clean up,” drop box click  on “Clean up computer”;
Clean up computer
  • Then click on “Find” and Chrome will scan your computer for any unwanted software and offer to remove off your PC;
Chrome will scan your computer for any unwanted software
  • Click on “Remove” to start clean up and where no is found it tells you no harmful software found.
Click on “Remove” to start clean up

For MacOS users, you can check out Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac if you want to increase the speed of a slow Chrome browser by looking for any unwanted software and cleaning it out up from your PC.

Return to the Default Browser Settings

Another sure way on how to make Google Chrome faster is to return to the Default Browser settings. This resets Chrome browser settings to its default setup and likewise fixes any customization tweak making the Chrome browser slow down. To return to the default browser settings, you’ll need to go through the following steps;

  • Launch Chrome on your PC;
  • Navigate to the More menu options in the top right corner of your screen (the three horizontal dots) and click on it;
  • Click on Settings and then select then “Advanced”;
  • In the “Reset section” click on the button of the same name;
  • This will return you to the default settings.

I’m pretty sure that one or more of these tips will enable you to get to Chrome faster on your PC!