Save data, see faster performance

Save data, see faster performance


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Is Chrome for Android getting slow for you? This may be due to hardware or software limitations. While we can’t provide you with better specs, we can offer you some tips and tricks to speed up Chrome for Android. Let’s get straight to the point!

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How to speed up Chrome for Android


Speed ​​up Chrome by activating Easy Mode

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Keep in mind that two main factors come into play when measuring browser performance: hardware and data speed. It doesn’t matter if you own the fastest smartphone in the world. The browser will only be as fast as your data speed allows (the same goes for the reverse). But what if you could get your smartphone to use less data?

This is exactly what the Chrome feature for Android Lite Mode does. In essence, enabling this option 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 big images just to display them on a small screen, do you? Not only will this make your browsing a bit faster and hence speed up Chrome for Android, but it will also help reduce data consumption.

How to activate simplified mode:

  1. Open Chromium.
  2. Tap the 3-dot menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. To select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and select Simplified mode.
  5. Activate the setting.

Kill the cache every now and then

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A cache is actually a good thing. It loads browsing data and saves it to your local storage. When you load a page, it is much faster for the browser to simply extract the stored data, instead of downloading it again. The problem arises when you have too much cache data stored because the files can get fragmented and corrupted which slows down your browser. Make sure to clear your browser cache every now and then, just to keep things fresh. This will create longer load times right after the fact, but things should improve soon enough.

How to clear cache on Chrome for Android:

  1. Open Chromium.
  2. Tap the 3-dot menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. To select Settings.
  4. Scroll down and select Simplified mode.
  5. Activate the setting.

Also read: Everything you need to know about incognito mode


Preload pages for faster navigation

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Google can sometimes be too good at predicting what you’re going to do. All of this algorithmic magic can also help make Chrome for Android faster. The mobile browser can preload websites before you actually access them. This means that a site will often be preloaded before you even decide to go to it. This makes the experience much faster, but there is a downside. The main problem here is that it can waste a lot of data. It’s not cool if you’re on a tight internet budget, but if you don’t mind wasting megabytes, you’ll probably appreciate the extra speed.

How to activate the preload pages:

  1. Open Chromium.
  2. Tap the 3-dot menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. To select Settings.
  4. Press on Privacy and Security.
  5. Look for the Preload pages for faster browsing and searching option and activate it.

Use Chrome shortcuts on your home screen

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Maybe your browser is as fast as it can get, so the smart thing to do is to adapt to it and find your own ways to get to where you want to go faster. One way to do this is to use the Home screen shortcuts for your most visited websites. Maybe you are still checking Android Authority; why not put it directly on your home screen? This will save you from having to go into the browser and find the site manually.

How to create a shortcut to a website on Chrome:

  1. Open Chromium.
  2. Navigate to the site for which you want to create a shortcut.
  3. Tap the 3-dot menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. To select Add to Home Screen.
  5. Edit the title as you like.
  6. To select Add.

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


Keep Chrome up to date

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Keep in mind that Chrome receives constant updates and the team is always trying to keep things efficient, add features, and eliminate bugs. Always make sure your Chrome browser is upgraded to the latest version. This will improve the chances of its proper functioning. To do this, just go to the Google Play Store, search for Chrome, and make sure it’s updated.


Use the experimental features of Chrome

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

Here: These Chrome metrics 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 happy little Chrome tab for Android, but it might slow down your experience. Make sure you close any tabs you don’t need and clean things up so the browser can run smoothly.

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

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