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Is Chrome for Android getting slow for you? This could be due to hardware or software limitations. While we can’t give you better performing specs, we can offer some tips and tricks to speed up Chrome for Android. Let’s get right to it!

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How to speed up Chrome for Android


Speed up Chrome by turning on Lite Mode

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Remember there are two main factors that come into play when measuring browser performance: hardware and data speeds. It doesn’t matter if you have the fastest smartphone in the world. The browser will only be as fast as your data speeds allow it to be (the same goes the other way around). But what if you could make your smartphone use less data?

That is exactly what the Chrome for Android Lite Mode feature does. In essence, turning this option on will send data to Google’s servers to be compressed and optimized for the smartphone experience. After all, you don’t need to load those large images just to have them displayed on a tiny screen, right? Not only will this make your browsing a bit faster and as a result speed up Chrome for Android, but it will also help cut down data consumption.

How to turn on Lite Mode:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Hit the 3-dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and select Lite Mode.
  5. Toggle the setting on.

Kill the cache from time to time

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A cache is actually a good thing. It loads browsing data and saves it in your local storage. When you load a page, it is much faster for the browser to simply pull stored data, as opposed to downloading it all over again. The problem comes when you have too much cache data stored, as the files can get fragmented and corrupted, causing your browser to slow down. Make sure to clear your browser cache from time to time, just to keep things fresh. It will create longer loading times right after the fact, but things should be looking better soon enough.

How to clear the cache on Chrome for Android:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Hit the 3-dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and select Lite Mode.
  5. Toggle the setting on.

Also read: Everything you need to know about Incognito Mode


Preload pages for faster browsing

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Google can sometimes be too good at predicting what you’re going to do. All that algorithmic magic can help make Chrome For Android faster too. The mobile browser can preload websites before you actually access them. This means a site will often be pre-loaded before you even decide to go into it. It makes the whole experience much faster, but there is one downside. The main issue here is that doing this may waste a lot of data. This is not cool if you are on a tight internet budget, but if you don’t mind wasting megabytes, you will probably enjoy the added speed.

How to activate preloading pages:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Hit the 3-dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap on Privacy and security.
  5. Look for the Preload pages for faster browsing and searching option and toggle it on.

Use Chrome shortcuts on your home screen

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Maybe your browser is as fast as it can be, so the most sensible solution is to adapt to it and find your own ways to get where you want to be faster. One way to do this is by using home screen shortcuts for your most visited websites. Maybe you are always checking Android Authority; why not put it right on your home screen? This will save you the trouble of actually going into the browser and finding the site manually.

How to make a website shortcut on Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Go to the site you want to create a shortcut for.
  3. Hit the 3-dot menu button on the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. Select Add to Home screen.
  5. Edit the title as you wish.
  6. Select Add.

Related: Here’s how to block ads in Chrome for Android


Keep Chrome up to date

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Remember Chrome gets constant updates and the team is always trying to keep things efficient, add features, and kill bugs. Always make sure your Chrome browser is upgraded to the latest version. This will improve the chances of it running smoothly. To do this simply head to the Google Play Store, search for Chrome, and make sure it’s updated.


Use Chrome’s experimental features

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If you really want to go deep into Chrome for Android to see if you can speed it up, check out the browser’s flags. Just type in “chrome://flags” in the URL box and you will be taken to the browser’s hidden experiments. We have a dedicated post where we show you how to do this, as well as which are our favorite Chrome flags.

Here: These Chrome flags will improve your web browsing experience


Speed up Chrome for Android by closing unused tabs

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It’s easy to get a little tab happy with Chrome for Android, but this could be slowing down your experience. Make sure to close all the tabs you don’t need and clean things up so that the browser can operate lightly.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap on the square icon in the top-right corner of the screen (next to the 3-dot menu button).
  3. Press the X button on the corner of each tab you want to close.

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