How to fix Google Chrome black screen issue in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
6 minute read

Google Chrome is tied with numerous controversies, from privacy issues to high battery consumption. But despite that fact, it remains the strongest force in the web browser market, with the highest number of users worldwide.

Google Chrome black screen, how to fix it?

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers, but even the best browser can have certain issues. Speaking of issues, here are some problems that users reported:

  • Google Chrome black screen Windows 8, 7, after minimize, on startup, crash – According to users, Chrome issues can occur on any version of Windows, and Windows 8 and 7 aren’t exceptions. Almost all of our solutions are compatible with older versions of Windows, so be sure to try them out.
  • Google Chrome screen went black – Many users reported that their screen suddenly turns black in Google Chrome. This is a big problem, but you might be able to solve it by disabling problematic extensions.
  • Google Chrome new tab black screen – Sometimes this problem can occur when opening a new tab. To fix that, simply disable hardware acceleration and check if that helps.
  • Google Chrome black window – This is another variation of this error, but you might be able to fix it by running Chrome in Compatibility mode.

On top of that, privacy issues and high battery consumption aren’t the only things that should worry Chrome users. Namely, a few issues may occur here and there, with some of them making our browsing impossible. One of these issues is the well-known black screen issues in Google Chrome.

Various users have recently reported a strange issue where the Google Chrome window simply goes black while browsing. Luckily for all those users experiencing this problem, there’s a solution. More precisely, a couple of them. So, in this article, we’re going to show you a few ways to deal with a strange black screen issue in Google Chrome.

Solution 1 – Disable hardware acceleration

The most common workaround for black screen issues in Google Chrome is to disable GPU compositing on all pages. In case you don’t know how to do that, follow these instructions:

  1. Create Google Chrome shortcut on Desktop (in case you don’t have it).
  2. Right-click the shortcut, and select Properties.
  3. Click on Shortcuts tab.
  4. In Target window, add the following text: “[space]–disable-gpu (so the path should look like chrome.exe” –disable-gpu”).
    Google Chrome black screen Windows 7
  5. Save changes.
  6. Now, open Chrome and go to Settings > Show advanced settings.
  7. Now, just disable the Use hardware acceleration when available option.
    Google Chrome screen went black
  8. Restart Chrome.

This solution proved to be the right one in most of the cases, and for the majority of users. However, if you’re still experiencing the black screen issues in Google Chrome, move on to another solution.

Solution 2 – Disable plugins

Sometimes certain plugins can cause a black screen to appear in your browser. A plugin might not be fully compatible with your version of Chrome or it might be buggy causing the issue to appear. To fix the problem, you need to find and disable the problematic plugin. This is quite simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Click the Menu icon and choose More tools > Extensions.
    Google Chrome screen went black
  2. List of all extensions will now appear. Disable all extensions by clicking the switch icon next to the extension’s name.
    Google Chrome new tab black screen
  3. After disabling all extensions, restart Chrome and check if the problem is still there.

If the issue doesn’t reappear, you can start enabling extensions one by one until you find the one that is causing the issue. Once you find it, you can keep it disabled or remove it from Chrome.

Solution 3 – Disable Chrome flags

Another solution is to disable some Chrom flags, in order to get rid of the black screen problem. The flags we’re looking to disable are:

  • GPU compositing on all pages
  • Threaded compositing
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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Enter the following URL in the Chrome address bar: chrome://flags/.
    Google Chrome black window
  2. Look out for the above-mentioned flags, and disable them.
  3. Restart Chrome.

This solution proved to be helpful only to some users, as others reported it as unsuccessful. Nevertheless, you should try it, and see if disabled flags make any difference.

Solution 4 – Resize Chrome

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by resizing Chrome. To do that, just click and hold Google’s title bar in order to resize it. After doing that, restore Chrome back to the original size and check if the problem is still there.

Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so it won’t permanently solve this issue. If the black screen reappears, simply resize your browser again and the problem will be temporarily solved.

Solution 5 – Run Chrome in Compatibility mode

Compatibility mode is a useful feature of Windows that allows you to run older applications. Speaking of which, many users reported that they fixed black screen issues in Google Chrome simply by enabling Compatibility mode. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Locate Chrome shortcut, right-click it and choose Properties from the menu.
    Google Chrome black window
  2. When Properties window opens, navigate to Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode for. Now select the desired version of Windows. Many users recommend using Windows 7, so you might do that. Lastly, click Apply and OK to save changes.
    Google Chrome black screen Windows 8

After enabling Compatibility mode, try starting Chrome again. If the issue reappears, repeat the same steps, but this time click Change settings for all users button. In addition, you might want to try different versions of Windows and check if that helps.

Solution 6 – Add -no-sandbox launch parameter

According to users, you might be able to fix the problem simply by adding -no-sandbox parameter to Chrome’s shortcut. In case you don’t know, Google Chrome uses a Sandbox mode in order to separate its processes. This means that even if your browser encounters malware, the malware will be contained thanks to the Sandbox mode.

As you can see, Sandbox mode is a useful security feature, but sometimes it can cause black screen issues in Google Chrome. To fix the problem, some users are suggesting to disable Sandbox mode, and to do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Right-click Chrome’s shortcut. Choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Navigate to the Shortcut tab and in the Target field add no-sandbox at the end. Now click Apply and OK to save changes.
    Google Chrome screen went black

Solution 7 – Reset Google Chrome

If you’re having problems with the black screen in Chrome, you might be able to solve the problem simply by resetting Chrome to default. By doing that you’ll reset all its settings and remove all extensions. Keep in mind that this will remove all your bookmarks and history, so be sure to enable syncing or export your data.

To reset Google Chrome, you need to do the following:

  1. Click the Menu icon in Chrome and choose Settings from the menu.
    Google Chrome new tab black screen
  2. When Settings tab opens, scroll all the way down and click Advanced.
    Google Chrome black window
  3. Navigate to Reset and clean up section and click Reset settings.
    Google Chrome new tab black screen
  4. Click the Reset button to confirm.
    Google Chrome black screen after minimize

Wait for few minutes while Chrome resets to default. Now check if the problem is still there.

Solution 8 – Reinstall Chrome

According to users, sometimes in order to fix this problem you need to reinstall Chrome completely. Reinstalling Chrome might remove all your bookmarks and history, so you should export them or enable syncing.

There are several ways to uninstall Chrome, but the best one is to use uninstaller software. In case you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application that will remove the selected application along with all of its files and registry entries.

There are many great uninstaller applications, but one of the best is IOBit Uninstaller, so be sure to try it out. Once you remove Chrome with this tool, install it again and check if the problem is resolved.

In addition, you can also try using Beta or Canary version of Chrome. These are experimental versions, but they offer the latest bug fixes, so using them might be a good temporary solution.

If you consider switching to another browser, we suggest checking our list of the best lightweight browsers.

In case you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, just let us know in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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