Why is Google Chrome Using so much RAM?

Introduction to Chrome

Chrome is a popularly known browser that allows you to search for anything with just one click. You simply have to type the words in its search bar and related articles and results will come pouring in. On top of that, it has a voice icon feature that allows you to search by simply speaking. All you need to do is click on its mic icon and speak, voila! You see what you are looking for.

To perform all these actions, your device must also have sufficient RAM, which I will be explaining more in the next part of this article.


Increased RAM Usage

As mentioned above, chrome uses a lot of RAM but it’s now the perfect time to ask if it is a good thing to increase the usage of your RAM. I think it’s totally up to you, whether you want your computer to store a lot of memory or not.

As the primary role of RAM is to store data it is expected that when we use chrome or any other web browser, it will eventually increase the usage of RAM for fast processing.

RAM stores a lot of memory when fast processing is required. As the RAM free, it will not serve any purpose to the computer. It can store memory as much as it can because it is in its short-term memory. However, RAM in its full capacity will slow down your computer. For a fast response, it will shift to a shortcut, which again reduces the working ability of your computer.

Therefore, I must say in one way or another, chrome uses much RAM, and high RAM usage will slow down the working capacity of the computer.



You may have noticed that Google Chrome for Windows creates a bunch of different processes when it’s running.

What’s the deal with all those processes?

In today’s article, I’ll tell you how you can disable google chrome’s multiple processes.

So, let’s get started.

Kill Chrome processes using GoogleChrome Task manager You can use the Google Chrome Task manager to view and close any Chrome process on your computer.

1. To kill multiple processes, open Google Chrome, and follow these steps to kill them using the inbuilt Task Manager:

  • Click on the 3-dot Chrome browser settings icon located in the upper-right corner of the Chrome screen.
  • From the drop-down menu click on More tools and then click on Task Manager option in the side menu that appears.
  • This will open the Google Chrome Task Manager, click on any Chrome process that you want to shut down, and then click on the End process button.
  • This will kill the selected Chrome process, preventing it from using resources on your computer.

2. Stop Google Chrome Background Apps:

 Even if you shut the Chrome browser, Chrome conti
  • Even if you shut the Chrome browser, Chrome continues to run processes within the background.
  • This happens when you install Chrome Plug-in and Chrome Extension with a default tendency to continue running in the background.
  • However, you can prevent Google Chrome background apps by following these steps click on the 3-dot Chrome browser settings icon located at the top right corner of your screen and then click on Settings in the drop-down menu.
 On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on
  • On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on the ’Advanced’ option to expand the settings screen.
  • Scroll down the expanded Settings screen, to look for System option. Under this uncheck the option that says “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”.

3. Close Tabs That Are Unused:

  • While browsing the Internet, many times we tend to open multiple tabs and then forget to close them, thereby letting them consume unnecessary memory.
  • Hence it is beneficial if we keep a check on which tabs are left unused and close them to reduce Chrome memory usage.

4. Remove Unwanted Extensions in Chrome Browser:

  • It has been noticed that faulty browser extension also leads to unwanted consumption of memory and may interfere with normal browsing.
  • Hence, it is recommended that you look out for the faulty browser extensions and disable or remove them to limit Chrome memory usage.

5. Check For Malware Infections:

  • A PC when infected by malware infection results in its abnormal functioning.
  • This may also hamper normal Chrome browsing as its malware infections can affect browsers thereby increasing memory usage.
  • For this one should always keep an anti-malware installed and updated.
  • If you do not have one, we recommend Advanced System Protector by Systweak, which is one of the best anti-malware/spyware programs.

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When Does Chrome Using Too Much Memory Become a Problem?

Google Chrome using too much memory only becomes a problem if it limits the amount available for other programs. If you notice that your other programs run sluggish or your computer freezes and crashes when you have Google Chrome tabs up and running, this is a sign that the high memory usage is an issue.

How to speed up chrome?

Upon all these memory misuses, chrome can be sped up to a higher level and optimise memory for this matter. And guess what, I compiled some different ways in which this can be accomplished. Stay tuned and follow me towards the end of this journey. here This poor speed and memory utilisation with Chrome can be solved with some extensions and plugins as shown below. Using the chrome task manager similar to the windows task manager, we can visualise the use of memory for each opened tab. Plugins like SimpleExtManager add a small dropdown box alongside your extension tray. Then it is one click on and off for all extensions. Available in chrome store here. The Great Discarder, allows you to customize the frequency Chrome discards unused tabs. Chrome discards tabs when they’re not in use to save memory. With The Great Discarder, you can change the length of time, specify tabs not to discard, and so on.

Is Chrome Memory Usage a Problem?

You may wonder how much RAM Chrome needs and if the high Chrome memory usage could be a problem. Actually, the answer depends on your system hardware.

You cannot judge that Google Chrome is making problems just because it uses lots of memory. In fact, your computer may get in trouble when your system isn’t using the available RAM, and your computer can access data fast and speed up processing by using RAM.

In addition, you cannot make use of the power of your computer if you keep your RAM as clear as possible.

However, if Google Chrome really consumes a lot of memory, then it can cause troubles. Obviously, when Chrome uses a lot of memory, there is a small amount of memory for other programs.

The Google Chrome using too much memory symptom can be a problem only when it slows down your computer, no matter that it is your browser or your entire system. And if there is no bad performance effect, then you don’t need to worry about it.

How Do I Stop Chrome from Using So Much RAM?

From the contents above, you know why Chrome is using too much memory, sometimes that’s OK, but if it brings slowdowns to the browser or affects the whole computer performance, here are seven solutions you can take.

Solution 1: Close Unwanted Tabs

The number of tabs you have opened at one time has a direct impact on the performance of Chrome, as well as how much RAM the browser consumes. So you can choose to close some unnecessary tabs when using Chrome. This can also help to fix the Chrome slow speed problem.

Solution 2: Use Chrome Task Manager to Monitor the Processes

The Chrome Task Manager is the equivalent of the Windows Task Manager, which displays the consumption and performance of every extension and tab within the browser. Here you can find which ones are using the most memory, and then you can end them to release space.

Open Google Chrome at first, and then press the Shift + Esc combination key  to open the Chrome Task Manager, choose the unwanted processes, and then click End processes.

Solution 3: Disable Unnecessary Extensions and Plu

Solution 3: Disable Unnecessary Extensions and Plugins

Extensions can eat a lot of RAM, disabling extensions and plugins or setting them to activate only when using specific sites can free up a lot of memory. you can type chrome://extensions into the address bar and hit Enter to go to a page where you can disable any unwanted extensions. Note that if you delete an extension you lose all the data associated with it

Solution 4: Clear Browsing Data

Clearing the cache and cookies of Chrome can be helpful both to reduce Chrome memory usage and speed up the browser.

Type chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into the address bar and hit ENTER. Here you can choose a different time range and tick which data you want to clear. Just click Clear Data once confirmed.

Solution 5: Stop Hardware Acceleration and Backgro

Solution 5: Stop Hardware Acceleration and Background Apps Settings

When you look at the Task Manager, you might notice that GPU Process consumes a lot of memory and ranks top 1 or 2. Chrome uses GPU as much as possible as a hardware accelerator for video and graphics rendered on the webpage. We suggest turning hardware acceleration off, especially when you find the Chrome is using too much CPU.

Go to Chrome Settings>Advanced>System where you can disable Use hardware acceleration when available and Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed. You will need to restart Chrome for this to take effect.

Besides, when you enter into Advanced, you can als

Besides, when you enter into Advanced, you can also expand Language to change the language in the Chrome browser.

Solution 6: Update Chrome in the Browser

1. Open Chrome.

 2. Click menu (three dots at the top right) > Help> About Google Chrome. And then, Chrome will check for any updates and immediately download them.

3. Click Relaunch.

3. Click Relaunch.



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Author Sonya has been engaged in editing for a long time and likes to share useful methods to get rid of the common problems of Windows computers, such as Windows Update error. And she aims to help more people to protect their data. What’s more, she offers some useful ways to convert audio and video file formats. By the way, she likes to travel, watch movies and listen to music.