FIX: Browser could not allocate enough memory for WebGL

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Browser could not allocate enough memory

Sometimes, when you try to access an online flash game or a project, you’re welcomed with the error message The browser could not allocate enough memory for the WebGL content.

If you are the developer of this content, try allocating less memory to your WebGL build in the WebGL player settings.

One user made sure to explain the nature of the problem on Reddit.

[ERROR] most of the games I tried give me the error “The browser could not allocate enough memory for the WebGL content. If you are the developer of this content, try allocating less memory to your WebGL build in the WebGL player settings”

Firstly, ensure that you meet the game’s system requirements. If that’s the case, start the troubleshooting procedure with the steps we provided below.

How can I increase WebGL memory in browsers?

1. Use OperaGX

Opera Gx

Apart from the features that Opera already has, Opera GX comes with some exclusive features. This web browser targets mostly the gaming community.

Opera Gx comes with great gaming features:

  • News related to various categories such as entertainment, gaming, and technology
  • Twitch subscriptions integrated.
  • Gaming deals that can be checked from the browser.

Aside from that, Opera GX still offers the same similar features to other browsers, such as free ad blocker and VPN, social media services integrated (Facebook Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp, and VK).

Within the Opera GX browser, you can always keep track of your RAM and CPU consumption.

That being said, in order to enable hardware acceleration:

  1. Go to about:config
  2. On the left-hand menu, click Browser.
  3. Click the Show advanced settings checkbox.
  4. Check the box: Use hardware acceleration when available.
  5. Relaunch Opera for any changes to take effect.
Opera

Opera

Enjoy a significantly lower loading time for webpages with this high speed browser that uses the Chromum base build.

2. Update the browser

  1. Go to Chromes settings.
  2. Select Help and then About Google Chrome. chrome update Browser could not allocate enough memory

If there’s an update available, Chrome will prompt you to install it. After the update, check to see if you still have memory issues.


We’ve written extensively on Chrome memory issues. Check out these guides 


3. Reset browser settings

  1. Open Chrome settings. settings chrome Browser could not allocate enough memory
  2. Scroll down and click on Advanced.
  3. Scroll all the way down and under Reset and clean up.
  4. Click on Restore setting to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm by clicking on the Reset settings button.

4. Mozilla Firefox specific fix

  1. Click the menu button and choose Options.Firefox open Options Browser could not allocate enough memory
  2. Click on General.
  3. Under Performance, uncheck Use recommended performance settings.
  4. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.
  5. Exit and restart Firefox.

If you want to disable WebGL, follow the steps:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter.
  2. In the Filter box type webgl.disabled.
  3. Then double-click it to set its value to true.
  4. Exit and restart Firefox.

If you’re aware of another method to solve browser memory issues on Windows 10, share your troubleshooting steps in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and was updated and revamped in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.