How do I get Chrome to use less RAM?

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Last updated: January 2, 2023

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. However, it has a downside: it consumes a large amount of RAM.

It is difficult to completely correct the problem, but in this article we will see  4 tips to significantly reduce Chrome's RAM consumption.

1) Stop apps running in the background on Chrome

Maybe you don't know it, but Chrome apps stay active in the background and will eat up your machine's RAM even after you close the browser.

You can use the Task Manager to shut them down manually, but an even better solution is to turn them off.

To avoid this:

  • Open a browser window, click the menu button ⠇ and go to Settings.
  • Then go to Advanced Settings> System.
  • Once there, turn off "Keep running background apps".

This will ensure that Chrome does not use memory when all Chrome browser windows are closed.

2) Close unused tabs

And yes, it may seem silly to recall it but yet it is an essential rule. If you constantly have more than a dozen tabs open, Chrome will still use a lot of memory. So the less tabs and windows you keep open, the less RAM will be used.

3) Clean unused Chrome extensions

A Chrome extension is a small program that adds new functions to the browser. If the number of extensions installed is large, the browser can quickly become slow.

So the best you can do is check what extensions are installed in your browser and remove the ones you don't use. Deleting them can free up RAM.

  1. First, open Google Chrome.
  2. Then tap on the three dots at the top right.
  3. Select More Tools -> Extensions.
  4. Click on Remove on the panelextension that you wish Supprimer.
  5. Finally, click Remove in the confirmation window.

4) Monitor Chrome's task manager

Chrome has its own built-in task manager, just like Windows. You can use it for check what is using the most memory, then stop them for free your machine's RAM.

The task manager is accessible using the keys Shift+Esc. It can also be opened from Menu -> More tools -> Task manager.

There you have it, the article is coming to an end. Hope some of these tips can help you.