Google Chrome: How to reduce Memory and CPU consumption

Google Chrome is one of the most used browsers in the world by millions of users thanks to its design, versatility and search potential, but like any system made by humans, it is included to errors and one of the most notable by the user is the error associated with excessive CPU consumption.

This slows down normal operating system operations, application crashes, computer restarts, and more. Although there is no exact reason on the part of Google as to why this happens, I will bring you some practical advice for its correction.


 Task Manage, Chrome cpu usage


Due to this bad management of the browser, our system is negatively affected by that incessant consumption of resources that ends up collapsing our usual use. If we have several tabs or windows open, consumption will be significantly increased and what to say if we also have many extensions installed.

Do not allow Google Chrome and its applications to run in the background

Google Chrome allows staying loaded in memory even when we close the browser. This is useful, for example, if we use the Chrome Apps and we do not want to open and close the browser every time we are going to use them, however, keeping the browser and the entire Chrome OS engine loaded in memory is a considerable expenditure of resources that, at times, is not worth it.
From the settings menu, we can disable this option so that when we close Google Chrome all processes from memory are deleted.

 Google Chrome and its applications to run in the background


Uninstall extensions you don't use

With the passage of time, we tend to accumulate extensions that, in most cases, are only used to consume resources. To avoid excessive use of resources in our system, we must open the extensions page of our browser and analyze one by one if we use it and, if we do not use it, uninstall it to avoid consuming memory in the browser.

Kill background processes (offline availability).

Some Google services run in the background and consume considerable memory resources, for example, Google Drive. If we do not use the Google cloud offline or we do not care that every time we want to access it, it takes a couple of seconds for the web to load from scratch, we must deactivate the processes in the background.

This must be disabled from the configuration options of the corresponding platforms, for example, in Google Drive the configuration menu is similar to the following.

 Google Drive settings


This is where we must uncheck the "No connection" option.

Enable hardware acceleration in Chrome

Another function that can be useful to improve the overall performance of the browser and reduce CPU usage is to enable hardware acceleration of the PC. What this function does is delegate certain tasks to the CPU, which is more powerful than the CPU, so our processor does not suffer, for example, when rendering content.

 Chrome setting


By enabling hardware acceleration, and restarting Chrome, the overall performance of the browser should be improved.

Open as few tabs as possible

One of the reasons why the browser increases its memory consumption exponentially is because we open many tabs at the same time. We must avoid this fact by avoiding accumulating tabs in the top bar of the browser so that all those pages are not loaded in memory if we are not using them.
We can also use the extension "The Great Suspender" that allows us to suspend the tabs that we are not visiting at that time to save a considerable amount of resources by reloading them automatically when we click on them.

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