Chrome is Using Too Much CPU or RAM

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Why Chrome Uses Too much of RAM?

Well, the answer is simple. If a machine is so powerful to work, than obviously it’s must be using too much of its power source. Chrome is the fastest. (If it’s not fast enough for you than you need to have a look at our guide on how to make chrome faster.)

Geeks now a days tend to keep too many tabs open. It’s kind of getting addictive. Too many tabs means of course those tabs are gonna eat up RAM. But, Chrome is smart it makes a separate process for each tab. That assures that if any problem occurred in one tab it won’t affect others. That make me remember of chrome popping up the message to kill tab when it doesn’t load the website properly. It means it’s asking you actually kill the process to free up some RAM.

Let’s see more into chrome making use of its own processes. Every tab, plugin, extension have their own processes. You can actually check that by pressing shift+ESC which opens chrome’s own task manager. The idea behind giving these objects their own process is that if anyone object crashes it won’t affect the whole browser. Making it easy for the browser to sort out the problem later on.

So, as it uses different processes for each browser object(tabs,extensions,plugins,etc.) it has to duplicate the tasks for each process. Making it to eat more of the RAM.

More RAM Usage is kind of Good

You need not to freak out every time you see too much of RAM usage. More RAM usage means memory is getting into use, which means the there no “useless memory”. Your RAM is making use of its full potential. That’s good.

But, if it exceeds its limit of storing temporary memory than it will swap the memory with your hard drive to satisfy its demand of memory, making your PC slow.

If that happens, make sure you upgrade and get another RAM or just get any of these PCs if you have an old one. This has 8GB of RAM that’s more than enough to handle 2 applications at once. But if you’re going to be doing content creation, then more than 8GB will be required.

How Do I Stop Chrome from Using So Much RAM?

From the contents above, you know why Chrome is using too much memory, sometimes that’s OK, but if it brings slowdowns to the browser or affects the whole computer performance, here are seven solutions you can take.

Solution 1: Close Unwanted Tabs

The number of tabs you have opened at one time has a direct impact on the performance of Chrome, as well as how much RAM the browser consumes. So you can choose to close some unnecessary tabs when using Chrome. This can also help to fix the Chrome slow speed problem.

Solution 2: Use Chrome Task Manager to Monitor the Processes

The Chrome Task Manager is the equivalent of the Windows Task Manager, which displays the consumption and performance of every extension and tab within the browser. Here you can find which ones are using the most memory, and then you can end them to release space.

Open Google Chrome at first, and then press the Shift + Esc combination key  to open the Chrome Task Manager, choose the unwanted processes, and then click End processes.

Solution 3: Disable Unnecessary Extensions and Plu

Solution 3: Disable Unnecessary Extensions and Plugins

Extensions can eat a lot of RAM, disabling extensions and plugins or setting them to activate only when using specific sites can free up a lot of memory. you can type chrome://extensions into the address bar and hit Enter to go to a page where you can disable any unwanted extensions. Note that if you delete an extension you lose all the data associated with it

Solution 4: Clear Browsing Data

Clearing the cache and cookies of Chrome can be helpful both to reduce Chrome memory usage and speed up the browser.

Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into the address bar and hit ENTER. Here you can choose a different time range and tick which data you want to clear. Just click Clear Data once confirmed.

Solution 5: Stop Hardware Acceleration and Backgro

Solution 5: Stop Hardware Acceleration and Background Apps Settings

When you look at the Task Manager, you might notice that GPU Process consumes a lot of memory and ranks top 1 or 2. Chrome uses GPU as much as possible as a hardware accelerator for video and graphics rendered on the webpage. We suggest turning hardware acceleration off, especially when you find the Chrome is using too much CPU.

Go to Chrome Settings>Advanced>System where you can disable Use hardware acceleration when available and Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed. You will need to restart Chrome for this to take effect.

Besides, when you enter into Advanced, you can als

Besides, when you enter into Advanced, you can also expand Language to change the language in the Chrome browser.

Solution 6: Update Chrome in the Browser

1. Open Chrome.

 2. Click menu (three dots at the top right) > Help> About Google Chrome. And then, Chrome will check for any updates and immediately download them.

3. Click Relaunch.

3. Click Relaunch.

How to make Chrome use less battery

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How to make Chrome use less battery

Here are 4 reasons why Chrome could be draining your Mac battery:

  1. Chrome is out of date.

  2. Multiple open tabs are slowing down browser speed. 

  3. Unwanted processes are running.

  4. System junk weighing down performance.

All of these seemingly non-battery related items make Chrome work overtime. Let’s get started and improve your Mac battery life right away. 

1. Update Chrome

Okay, I know this one sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many of us are running older versions of Chrome. Having the latest version is always recommended. Here’s how to check and do a quick manual update.

Check and update Chrome manually:

  1. Open Chrome on your Mac. Select More in the top right (3 dots)
  2. If there is an update pending, an icon will show a green, orange, or red alert. Important: If you can’t see this then, you’re on the latest version.
  3. Select Update Google Chrome.
  4. Click Relaunch.

Did you know? 

Some mad statistician calculated that users of Chrome and Firefox stay on their jobs 15% longer, compared to those who browse on Safari. 

2. Manage your open tabs

Stop for a moment, how many browser tabs do you have open? If you’re anything like me, there are multiple open tabs just sitting there idly. These seemingly innocent tabs are making Chrome take up vital memory.

For Chrome, it’s simple, the more open tabs you have, the harder it needs to work. Each open tab requires resources, and these can be draining. Closing down all unwanted open tabs gives you a quick speed boost.

  • Click the X on any unwanted tab to close it down.

3. Stop unwanted processes 

Use Chrome Task Manager to quickly identify troublesome extensions and tabs that could be slowing you down. Task Manager gives you an excellent overview of processes and resources running. Here you can sort by memory footprint and quickly end unwanted tasks.

How to manage processes with Task Manager:

  • Open Chrome, and in the top right, select More (3 dots).

  • Select More tools and navigate to Task Manager.

  • You can click Memory footprint to sort by memory usage 

  • Select any task that you want to close by clicking End Process.

    Tip: look out for items labeled “Subframe” and “Background page” – these can be removed. 

4. Open pages faster

Turning on network action predictions, also known as “page prefetch,” will let Chrome open pages faster. When the setting is activated, Chrome preloads links it thinks you might open and preloads all associated pages before you even click on them. 

How to turn on page prefetch:

How to turn on page prefetch:

  1. Open Chrome, top right click More (3 dots).

  2. Select Settings and head to the Privacy and security section.

  3. Now, select Cookies and other site data.

  4. Turn on Preload pages for faster browsing and searching.

These quick tricks can enhance Chrome performance and stop this greedy browser from sucking away your battery life. Say goodbye to the cheeky Chrome battery drain.

5. Find heavy memory consumers on your Mac

The app I’ve mentioned earlier, CleanMyMac X, has another setting that disables hidden background apps. Because not all apps can be switched off manually.
  • Run CleanMyMac X (you can grab a free version here)
  • Click Optimization in the sidebar.
  • Inspect Heavy-memory consumers and Launch Agents.

When I made this screenshot, I was surprised to see Zoom in the list of my memory-heavy apps. In your case, it could be something different.

Regular updates and maintenance are a great way to stay on top of Chrome’s performance and usage, helping you get the most from your Mac. 

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more helpful tips coming soon. 

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