Did you know that you can increase your browser speed and get information and images loaded when you need them? You don’t even have to be a tech genius.
There’s more than one way to boost your speed. But, since we’re talking about doing things faster, you need the easiest ways to maximize your time. Because what would be the point of faster loading if you took three hours to achieve browser efficiency?
Easy Speed Hacks
These tips are as easy as they come—we’re talking click a few buttons and forget about it. You’ve got better things to do than spend all day researching browser optimization. So, let’s knock out some quick tips on getting Chrome running at top speed.
- Devote memory to Chrome. You can go to this URL chrome://flags/#max-tiles-for-interest-area and change the amount of memory specified for your browser. The default is 128MB, so depending on your device you can bump it up to 256 or even 512MB. You will instantly have a faster page-load. Of course, this option may slow down other apps since you’ve devoted resources to the browser, but if the solution lines up with your priorities, then this is the fastest way to significantly increase your online efficiency.
- Use SPDY-4. You know the URL you just checked out for memory? It turns out Chrome has plenty of other secret features you can turn on to increase the browser’s efficiency. They’re all located at chrome://flags. Go to chrome://flags/#enable-spdy4a2 and click Enable.
- Use offline cache mode. Again using the flags, go to chrome://flags/#enable-offline-mode. Click Enable. This hack is especially helpful if you have connectivity problems. It will allow you to view previously loaded web pages while you are offline.
- Increase raster threads to 4. If you are specifically browsing for images and tired of waiting for them to load, then this trick is just for you. Enter chrome://flags/#num-raster-threads into your address bar. Then, open the drop-down box and click 4. This adjusts the speed at which images are rendered in your browser.
- Disable automatic updates. Your browser is probably set to automatically install updates be default. However, this can slow your page loading speed. To disable the feature, simply go into your browser settings and change to manual installations.
- Disable unneeded add-ons and plug-ins. While you’re in the settings, go ahead and check your add-ons and plug-ins, too. Anything that you are not actually using during your current browsing session should be turned off. Otherwise, they are just draining your resources.
- Check your task manager settings. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but when you open your computer’s task manager, you can set the priority of certain processes. Just right-click Chrome and set the tab to high priority. This will make other processes lower in priority and speed up Chrome browser.
Now You Can Get Back to Business
There. You could have made all these adjustments in less than 15 minutes and gotten back to what you were doing. But, you don’t have to make all of these changes. Even just incorporating a few of them will show a difference in your online efficiency. Choose the solutions that work for you and enjoy the improved browsing experience!