Google Chrome is a household name because of its mostly fast performance. Yes, “mostly” is sharp. Over time, we’ve noticed Chrome becoming sluggish. If clearing your browser data and resetting Chrome doesn’t help – you probably need to check out the experimental features called checkboxes. In this article, we will show you nine such flags to make Google Chrome faster.
Flags in Chrome are present on the hidden page. This is because enabling the wrong flag can ruin your web browsing experience. Therefore, we advise you to read this article carefully to enable the correct flags that will help improve the speed and performance of Google Chrome.
What are flags in Chrome?
Flags are a set of experimental features and configurations in Google Chrome. They are not intended for regular users, but for developers.
When you develop a web application, you obviously need to make sure that it works well in Google Chrome. You will of course need this to test the behavior of the application with each configuration of Google Chrome. And the flags menu in Chrome allows you to do all these tests and experiments by turning on and off many of the micro-level features in Google Chrome.
However, several flags are safe to use and improve your web browsing experience. We have reviewed such flags and explained in detail how they can help you. But before we get to that, let’s see how to open the flags menu in Google Chrome.
How to open Chrome’s flags menu
Type “chrome://flags” in the Google Chrome address bar. That’s all you need to do to enter the flags page. It may seem extremely technical at first, but don’t worry, we have an easy-to-follow procedure for enabling useful checkboxes.
But how do you find useful flags and enable and disable them in a long list of flags? Read our next section to learn more.
How to enable Google Chrome flags
Step 1: Go to chrome://flags.
Step 2: enter the name of the flag to find it. We have recommended the best of them in the next section.
step 3: When you find a flag, click on the drop-down menu next to it.
Step 4: Now click Enabled to enable the flag.
step 5: You will now be prompted to restart Chrome for the settings to take effect. Just click on Relaunch.
Now that we’ve learned how to enable flags, it’s time to start looking and setting up some useful flags to help make Chrome faster.
9 Best Flags to Speed Up Google Chrome
Here is a list of nine flags to improve web browsing in Google Chrome. Read the description to understand what each flag does and how it might affect Chrome. Once you understand and feel the need for it, you can go ahead and incorporate the same. For your convenience, we’ve added a quick link to open these flags in Chrome.
1. QUIC experimental protocol
Internet protocols are how two programs can exchange information over the Internet. QUIC is an experimental protocol developed by Google. The purpose of this protocol is to reduce latency and congestion compared to TCP, the protocol used on the Internet. Therefore, enabling QUIC can help improve web browsing speed.
2. Parallel loading
Consider a situation where you download a large file in Google Chrome and it takes a long time. If you enable parallel download, a large file is split into different parts. The downloader will establish multiple connections to different servers and download parts. This can potentially increase your download speed in Chrome.
3. GPU rasterization
By default, Chrome will not use the GPU to process and render media. If your computer has a powerful GPU, you can enable the GPU rasterization flag. This will ensure that your GPU will also multitask and thus increase performance efficiency.
4. Override the list of rendering software
Your system might have a powerful GPU, but sometimes Chrome can’t use GPU acceleration for various reasons. This is usually due to Chrome not being able to recognize and enable the GPU drivers.
If you enable “Override software rendering”, this will force Chrome to use GPU rendering instead of the default rendering engine. Therefore, this GPU acceleration can provide better web browsing performance.
5. Fuzzy search for tabbed search
Each of us has faced a situation where hundreds of tabs are open in Google Chrome and we cannot find one particular tab. And to solve this problem, there is a tabbed search option on the Google Chrome toolbar, the arrow at the bottom next to the minimize icon.
To make search results even faster, you can enable the “Fuzzy search for tabbed search” checkbox. This allows you to search for terms similar to the intended search query rather than the exact one. For example, if you search the Google Calendar tab, you can type “GC” and it will return a search result that includes the Google Calendar tab.
6. Back forward Cache
The back and forward buttons on the Google Chrome toolbar are the fastest way to navigate between the websites you’ve just visited. If you’ve been a fan of this feature and use it all the time, you’ll appreciate this flag.
Enabling the “Backward Caching” flag will save your recently visited websites. This guarantees you instant access to the last site you visited in the same tab or jump to the website ahead.
7. Zero-Copy Rasterizer
A GPU has a temporary block of memory called VRAM. It works exclusively with GPU. In some cases, especially if you’re using an older version of RAM, your VRAM will be much faster. This will also help if your RAM is quite low.
If you enable the “Rasterizer without copy” flag, Chrome will use VRAM for tasks and increase web browsing speed.
8. Smooth scrolling
Ever notice that web pages with a lot of content are slow to scroll? We’re sure you have. We have too, even on PCs with good internals. Fortunately, flags have a fix for this problem.
If you enable the “Smooth Scrolling” flag, you can experience smoother and faster scrolling. When you enable the flag, it adds a few lines of code to the website’s backend (CSS, React, etc.) that can improve your navigation through an animation effect.
9. Show autocomplete predictions
We all visit websites that ask us for personal information to submit, register, etc. One way to speed up this process is to enable the “Show autocomplete predictions” checkbox. If you enable this flag, you’ll get predictions to populate unnamed fields with existing autocomplete information stored in Chrome.
These are some of the flags to make Google Chrome faster. However, if you happen to have a flag enabled or want to opt out of flags entirely for whatever reason, here’s how to do it.
How to reset Chrome flag settings
While you can individually disable flags, finding or even remembering what you enabled in the first place is a bit of a chore.
You can quickly disable all flags at once using the Reset All button located on the main flags page.
We hope you understand how to enable and use flags in Google Chrome. If you have a few questions, you can take a look at the frequently asked questions section.
Chrome Flags FAQ
Yes, Chrome flags are safe to use. However, enabling the wrong flag can make your browser unstable, so we recommend that you only enable flags that you are fully aware of.
Yes, Chrome flags are available for the following platforms — Chrome for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Not all flags are available to all users, as it depends on the device you’re using and the build number of your Chrome. The best thing you can do is update Google Chrome to the latest version.
The best way is to use chrome://flags
Provided you use it the right way, flags in Chrome can greatly enhance your web browsing experience. We hope this article has helped you use flags to make Google Chrome faster. Stay tuned for the latest version of Google Chrome so you never miss a new set of flags.