Content of the material
- What Is All The RAM Used For?
- 2. Use Chrome Task Manager
- Task Manager Can Be Used To Disable Chrome’s Background
- To Control RAM Usage, Use Chrome Flags
- Less Force, More Flow
- Post navigation
- 5 Fixes for Chrome Using Too Much Memory
- 1. Disable Unnecessary Extensions.
- 2. Enable Hardware Acceleration.
- 3. Update Your Google Chrome.
- 4. End High Memory Footprint Processes.
- What Did Chrome 89 Bring?
What Is All The RAM Used For?
To help you understand why your Chrome browser is using too much memory, we want to briefly explain how your browser operates. To offer stability and fast speeds, Chrome handles RAM in a unique way by separating out each tab/window into its own process which has sub-processes that require RAM.
When you open up one tab on your browser and navigate to a web page, like a particular Youtube video, your computer will use a small bit of RAM to complete a series of tasks. For Youtube, this may include
- Logging you into the website.
- Using on-board graphics to load the web page’s design elements.
- Playing or pausing the video.
- Loading advertisements.
- Loading extensions that directly interact with Youtube (ad blocker, dark theme, etc).
For every process needed to load and run the page, a small amount of RAM will be used to execute each task. When you open up multiple tabs or have multiple extensions running in your browser, the amount of RAM needed increases as more processes need to be executed.
Now because Google Chrome handles RAM by running each tab/window as its own separate process, certain tasks are duplicated. This is convenient because it means that if one tab crashes or an extension fails, your other windows will remain stable within the browser. This prevents you from having to restart the whole browser and instead lets you just restart a single tab. This also means that there are added layers of security, as a malicious attack on one tab, won’t cross over into your other tabs. Unfortunately, this uses up a lot of your system’s RAM. This is also the reason why you see multiple Google Chrome entries in your Task Manager.
2. Use Chrome Task Manager
In addition to closing unused tabs, you can analyze which tabs and processes use the most memory in Chrome by using Chrome’s own Task Manager. To do that, open Chrome and press Shift + Esc to fire up Chrome’s Task Manager.
Here, you’ll see all the tabs, extensions, and processes running on Chrome. You can remove the unwanted ones by selecting them and clicking on the End Process button.
Task Manager Can Be Used To Disable Chrome’s Background
Shift+Esc (Mac) or Shift+Esc (Windows) To open task manager on a Mac, go to Windows>Task Manager. You can see how much memory Chrome is using from Task Manager.
If memory usage is higher than usual, close the tabs or uninstall the memory-hogging extensions. There will be a list of tabs appear. Close the tabs by terminating the memory-intensive process.
To Control RAM Usage, Use Chrome Flags
In Google Chrome, there is a flag feature that automatically discards background in the system/android. You will not be able to open them until you click on them.
- In the Google address bar, type chrome:/flags. Toggle on “Automatic tab discarding and the switch tab.” The Show Saved Copy Button appears after you discard the tab and asks if you want to reload it.
- After you’ve discarded the tab, The Show Saved Copy Button appears, asking whether you want to reload the tab or not.
Less Force, More Flow
Even with all of its imperfections, such as random freezing, crashing, and memory leak issues, Chrome still maintains a popular position among PC users.
You can try out the above solutions to lower Chrome’s memory usage. Let us know in the comments which method worked out for you the best.
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5 Fixes for Chrome Using Too Much Memory
There are two main solution routes you can use to fix your Chrome using too much memory. The first is to purchase more compatible memory sticks for your computer from your local computer store. To do this though, you will need to make sure that the RAM is compatible with your computer’s motherboard and you will need to know how to install it. While this is pretty easy to figure out, we’re going to outline the second route you can take with 5 fixes that you can directly use in conjunction with your browser.
1. Disable Unnecessary Extensions
One of the causes of memory spikes with Google Chrome are extensions. Not only can they increase memory draw for the browser because it requires additional resources to run the extensions, but extensions can also have memory leaks. One way to make sure that your extensions aren’t hogging up all your memory is to disable them. Here is how to do this.
- Start with a clean open of your Google Chrome browser.
- Click on the 3-dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Hover over “more tools” and choose extensions.
- This will open up a list of extensions your browser has access too.
- Disable all of them by clicking on the disable slider.
- Restart the browser and take note of how much memory Chrome is now using. If it is less by a considerable amount, this could be the root of your problem.
You can go a step farther and re-enable your extensions one by one to see if one of them is using up more memory than others or has a memory leak. Only re-enable extensions that are absolutely necessary to keep RAM usage low on the extension side of things.
2. Enable Hardware Acceleration
If you have a dedicated graphics card installed in your computer (this is separate from Intel’s Integrated Graphics), you can use hardware acceleration to shift the processing load onto your dedicated GPU.
- Open up Google Chrome and click on the 3-dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Click on settings in the context menu.
- Scroll down and click on “advanced settings” to open up more options.
- Scroll until you see a section called “system”.
- Toggle on “use hardware acceleration when available”.
Restart your browser and see if the problem persists. Please keep in mind that this option should only be used if you have a dedicated graphics card installed. Problems could arise if you toggle this on with only integrated graphics.
3. Update Your Google Chrome
If you have an outdated version of Google Chrome, you could inadvertently be suffering through bugs or glitches that you are not aware of. These can cause stability problems and slow down your browsing experience. Check to make sure Google Chrome is updated to the latest version and if it isn’t, update it as soon as possible.
- Open Google Chrome and click the 3-dots in the upper right-hand corner.
- Hover over the “help” option in the menu and choose “about Google Chrome” from the new set of options.
- You will be redirected to a new window where you will be told whether you have the latest version or not. If you do not, Chrome should update automatically.
- Wait until the update is downloaded and then restart your browser to install it.
A relaunch is required to apply the changes, so make sure to do this.
4. End High Memory Footprint Processes
If you have too many tabs or windows open, these can eat up all of your memory. This is especially true if the tab you are using has ballooned in size due to poor configuration bugs, or memory leaks. You can see which tabs are taking up too much memory by using your built-in Task Manager.
- On Windows: right-click your Start Bar and choose Task Manager from the list.
- On Mac: head to the Window menu and choose Processes.
Once you have your Task Manager open, make sure you are on the processes tab and look for any in the list that say “Google Chrome”. Pinpoint which ones are taking up too much memory by looking at the memory column and right-click on them and choose to “end the task”. Close down ones that are inactive or ones that you no longer need.
What Did Chrome 89 Bring?
While Chrome’s new update brings the highest memory savings to Windows (using up to 22% less), Android benefits from 5% less memory usage, 7.5% faster startup times, and 2% faster webpage load times, among other things. It may not be so much to write home about, but as 9to5Google notes, Android Chrome is now crashing less because it’s no longer hitting resource exhaustion so easily. For phones with Android 10+ with 8GB of RAM or more, Chrome 89 brings to the table 28% smoother scrolling and input latency, and loads pages 8.5% faster. Chrome accomplished this by developing its own memory allocator, PartitionAlloc, which vastly improves space efficiency and security on both Android and Windows.If you didn’t know Chrome was as much of a glutton for mobile RAM as it is on PCs and laptops, and you’re a mobile Chrome user wondering why your phone feels so sluggish lately—that may well be the reason. Even with the new optimization, Chrome tabs can still eat through enough resources to negatively affect your entire smartphone experience (not just browsing, but games and other apps too), so it might be time to introduce yourself to Chrome’s bookmark function on Android.