How To Limit Google Chrome Memory Usage


Google is the most popular web browser with millions of happy users. It is based on Chromium and comes with deep integration of Google services to make you more productive. The browser also has support for extensions to make it even better, The only issue with Chrome is RAM usage. It eats a lot of RAM and sometimes puts a high load on low-end systems. Several people struggle with Chrome when it starts consuming a lot of RAM of the system. Some even go and try other Google Chrome alternative browsers based on Chromium.

If you are a loyal Chrome user who does not want to ditch Chrome and is looking for a solution to limit memory usage, you can follow a few steps to improve Chrome’s performance and limit RAM usage.

1. Close Unused Tabs

Google Chrome offers tabbed browsing where you can keep open multiple websites at the same time in different tabs. Each tab runs a new process and consumes RAM. So, it is advisable to close tabs that are longer needed. When you close unwanted tabs, it will free a considerable amount of RAM.

2. Enable Hardware Acceleration

By default, the system’s processor handles Chrome and its tasks. Hardware acceleration is the feature that uses a computer’s GPU to perform some functions more efficiently. When you enable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome, it uses GPU to handle graphics-intensive tasks. If you enable hardware acceleration, Chrome will cosmic more power. In laptops, the battery will drain faster but you will see improvements in RAM usage.

To enable Hardware Acceleration, click the menu icon, and then click on “Settings.” On the left sidebar and then select “System.”

Now use the toggle in front of “Use hardware acceleration when available” to enable Hardware acceleration.

hardware acceleration

To confirm if hardware acceleration is enabled, type chrome://gpu/ into the Omnibox and hit Enter. Here, you can check if hardware acceleration is enabled.

3. Remove unwanted Chrome extensions

Google Chrome supports extensions that we can download from the Chrome store. Each active browser extension consumes some RAM. If you have a lot of Chrome extensions installed, Chrome will surely consume a lot of RAM. So, you need to have a look at all the installed Chrome extensions and remove unwanted extensions that you no longer use.

To remove unwanted Chrome extensions, click on the Menu button, click More Tools, and then Extensions. It will take you to the extensions page where you see all the extensions installed on your system. Here, use the Remove button at the bottom of each extension to remove the extension.

Remove unwanted Chrome extensions

4. Disable the Site Isolation Feature

Google Chrome has a Site Isolation feature that keeps your internet browsing safe. Chrome loads each website in its own process. If a website bypasses the same-origin policy, the feature will stop the site from stealing your data from another website. Disabling this feature is not recommended but you can reduce Chrome’s RAM usage if you disable this feature.

To disable the Site Isolation feature, enter chrome://flags/#enable-site-per-process in the omnibar. Now disable the toggle next to ‘Strict site isolation.’ If you do not see the ‘Strict site isolation’ option, update Google Chrome.

Now relaunch the browser.

Wrap Up

These are a few ways you can try to limit Google Chrome memory usage and free some RAM. You do not need to try all the ways together. Use one by one to keep RAM usage in control.