Have you been experiencing slow performance on the Google Chrome browser after updating your PC to Windows 11.? In this guide, I bring you the troubleshooting methods to fix the issue if Google Chrome is Slow on Windows 11.
While Google Chrome updates itself timely, some users may miss out on the update for their browser. Hence, on an older build, they may face the issue of incompatibility and bugs. If the browser cache is filled with a lot of web pages and other data, over a while it will start to eat up the memory making the browser sluggish.
If you think Google Chrome is slow on Windows 11, then it may be due to some extensions that are probably no more compatible with the latest Chrome browser build, or they are malicious ones that install automatically.
They keep running in the background consuming the resources of the computer, thus slowing down the Google Chrome browser and other apps. Nevertheless, to fix the slow Google Chrome on Windows 11, I have put up some easy fixes that you need to follow. Let us move on to the troubleshooting part. These are quite easy to follow.
1. Restart your computer
Restarting always fixes up issues if it is happening due to any small glitch. It is a common solution for everyone using any gadget to carry out at first when any issue happens.
- Click the Windows key in the taskbar.
- Then on the new screen that shows up at its bottom right corner, click on Power.
- Then from the small menu, click on Restart.
You can even close the Chrome browser and then restart your PC.
2. End High CPU Chrome Processes
When you open and use multiple tabs on the Chrome browser, it will obviously lead to more CPU consumption. How do you know which process on Google Chrome is consuming more power? You can do that by opening the native task manager of the Google Chrome browser.
- While the browser is open, press the keys Shift + Esc to invoke the Chrome Task Manager. Alternatively, click the menu button
- You will see the list of processes actively running on the Chrome browser.
- Check the Memory Footprint and the CPU Usage
- Close the processes which display high CPU usage.
- Click to highlight the process. Then click on End Process.
3. Relaunch Google Chrome
Instead of only closing the Chrome browser, you can try to end the task from the Windows Task Manager.
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Del buttons to invoke the Task Manager.
- Click on Task Manager.
- Now, click on Processes.
- Right-click on Google Chrome and click End Task.
4. Stop Cache Collection
Chrome Collects a small amount of data in the form of a cache on every site you visit to keep a record of the site so that the next time you visit, the site loads quickly. This small cache continues to collect and takes up a huge amount of memory, causing the browser to slow down heavily.
If you use the browser for general purposes rather than any official work, then disabling the cache is the best option to speed up the browser.
You can completely stop the cache collection with a simple right check-in developer mode. Just open Developers Mode by clicking More Tools in the Menu Option. Here Click on Network Tab and right Tick Disable Cache.
5. Clear Google Chrome Cache
Clearing the cache of the Chrome browser will disperse off the junk files, thus clearing up a lot of memory.
- While the Chrome browser is open, press Ctrl + Shift + Delete key combinations or type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the URL Box.
- Clear Browsing Data dialog box will show up.
- Click on the Advanced tab.
- By default, cookies and other site data, cached images & files will bear a checkmark. If not, manually select these two options.
- There is no need to select the Password/Sign-in Data; otherwise, the passwords you have saved to Chrome will be removed.
- Once done, click on Clear Data.
6. Update Google Chrome
As I said, the Chrome browser updates itself regularly when an update is officially rolled out from Google. Still, you can manually check for updates, and in case the Chrome browser has not been updated, it will now run the latest build.
- Open the Chrome browser.
- In the URL bar, type Chrome://Settings.
- On the left-hand panel, click on About Chrome.
- If your PC is connected to the internet, then Chrome will automatically update itself.
- After the Chrome browser updates, re-launch the browser.
Now, with the latest build Chrome should work smoothly on Windows 11.
7. De-Activate the Chrome Pre-load Pages
Depending on your browsing activities, Chrome prepares preload pages that you will visit regularly. There is a dedicated option for Preload pages that you have to disable.
- Launch the Chrome browser.
- Go to Chrome://Settings.
- Click on Privacy and Security on the left-hand panel.
- Then click to expand Cookies and Other Site Data.
- Finally, click on the toggle beside the option Preload Pages for Faster Browsing and Searching to disable that.
8. Remove Chrome Extensions
There may be Chrome extensions that you do not use, or they run scripts that may lag the page load. These extensions will perform actions on the page that will delay the loading. Also, a few extensions may be sitting idle in the Chrome browser, consuming memory. So, you can remove those extensions from the browser.
- Open Chrome browser.
- Then in the address bar type, Chrome://Extensions to view all the extensions installed on Chrome.
- Each extension will have an option Remove beside it.
- Click on Remove for those extensions which you do not use.
Removing the unused and outdated extensions will drastically reduce the disk usage load on the browser thus making the Chrome browser work smoothly.
9. Use an Ad-Blocker Extension
Extensions are great browser enhancers. Ad Blocking extensions are the best tools for the browser if you wish to browse the web without any load of scripts and ad codes. Chrome takes around 10-15 secs to load a complete site without adblockers while an adblocker can bring down the load time to a couple of seconds. The scripts, trackers, and other ad codes also consume considerable memory and CPU as they trigger multiple micro engines in the browser.
You can find a number of ad-block extensions just by visiting Chrome Web Store to Add Adblocker on Chrome Browser.
10. Reset Chrome
You can reset the Chrome browser. This will restore the browser settings and fix all the technical issues with the browser and solve any slow-loading issues on your Chromium browser.
- Open Chrome browser.
- Go to Chrome://Settings.
- On the left-hand side, click on Advanced.
- Click on Reset and Clean-Up.
- Next, click on Restore Settings to their Original Defaults.
- Then click on Reset Settings from the dialog box that shows up.
- Relaunch the Chrome browser, and you will see the browser loading faster.
So, if Google Chrome is not working on Windows 11 or slowing down, then try these troubleshooting methods to fix the issues.
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None of these fixes worked for me. Google Chrome worked without issue on Windows 10. After upgrading to Windows 11, the first Chrome window takes 5-10 seconds to open. Subsequent Chrome windows open immediately. I have disabled extensions, cleared history, uninstalled and reinstalled, etc. Everything you mention plus potential fixes mentioned at other sites. Nothing resolves the lag opening Chrome that first time. Closing all Chrome windows, then open a new Chrome window results in the same 5-10 second delay opening the first window. Very irritating.
Try Edge Browser.