Google Chrome White Screen & Blank Pages: How to Fix Them

Fix white screen issues in Chrome by disabling hardware acceleration

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Key notes

  • To fix Chrome's white screen issues, clear the browser cache, disable extensions, and rename the User Data folder.
  • If that doesn't work, you might have to reinstall Chrome, as described below.
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Chrome white screen issues will prevent you from loading any pages and in some cases this issue will stop you from using your browser entirely.

This can be a major problem, so it’s important to fix it as soon as possible, and this is where today’s guide will help you.

Why does Google Chrome show a blank page?

  • Hardware acceleration can cause Chrome white screen after sleep, and disabling it can often help.
  • A corrupt browser cache can sometimes lead to this problem.
  • Outdated versions of Chrome can sometimes experience this issue.
  • Several extensions can conflict with the browser and trigger a white screen.

How can I fix Google Chrome’s white screen problems?

Before going to the slightly complex solutions, here are a few quick ones:

  • Restart the browser and check if the white screen in Chrome disappears.
  • Scan your PC for malware using the built-in Windows Security or a reliable and effective antivirus. Many users fixed Chrome’s white screen with Malwarebytes.
  • Make sure you are running the latest version of Google Chrome. Alternatively, uninstall the app, and then download the latest version from the official Chrome page.

If none of these work, head to the fixes listed next.

Note icon NOTE
For those who can’t launch Chrome to execute the fixes, try running it in Compatibility Mode for a previous iteration of Windows; the steps are detailed in the first solution.

1. Turn off hardware acceleration and background apps

  1. Right-click on Chrome’s shortcut, and select Properties.Chrome properties
  2. Now, navigate to the Compatibility tab, tick the checkbox for Run this program in compatibility mode for, select Windows Vista from the drop-down menu, and then click OK.
  3. Once done, launch Chrome, paste the following path in the address bar, and hit Enter:chrome://settings/system
  4. Then toggle Use hardware acceleration when available and Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed settings off.
  5. Finally, disable compatibility mode, and Chrome should keep working.

2. Clear cache to fix Chrome opens to a white screen

  1. Press Chrome’s Ctrl + Shift + Delete hotkey to open its Clearing browsing data window.
  2. Select All time from the Time range drop-down menu.All time to fix chrome white screen
  3. Tick the checkboxes for Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, and Cached images and files, and then click on the Clear data button.Clear data to fix chrome white screen

3. Rename the User Data folder

  1. Close Google Chrome.
  2. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer, and navigate the following path, where the Username is the currently active account on the PC: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chromeuser data
  3. Now, rename the User Data folder to User Data Old.rename folder
  4. Then, relaunch Chrome, and it will create the User Data folder again.

4. Disable all extensions

  1. Launch Chrome, paste the following path in the address bar, and hit Enter:chrome://extensions/
  2. Turn off the toggle for the extension that you want to disable.Disable extension to fix chrome white screen
  3. Then, repeat that for all the installed extensions.
  4. Finally, check if the problem is resolved.

If the white screen in Chrome doesn’t appear anymore, enable the extensions one by one until you recreate the problem and identify the one responsible for it. Now, you can remove that extension and safely allow the rest.

5. Reset the browser

  1. Launch Chrome, paste the following path, and hit Enter to open the Reset and clean up settings:chrome://settings/reset
  2. Next, click the Restore settings to their original defaults option.Restore settings
  3. Then select the Reset settings option.Reset settings to fix chrome white screen

6. Edit the shortcut target to fix page loads and then goes blank on Chrome

  1. First, make sure that Google Chrome is fully closed.
  2. Right-click Chrome’s shortcut icon and select Properties.Properties
  3. Enter –disable-gpu at the end of the Target text box.disable GPU to fix chrome white screen
  4. Click on Apply and then OK to save Apply

7. Enforce Dark Mode

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to chrome://flags
  2. Next type dark in the search field.
  3. Set Auto Dark Mode for Web Contents to Enabled.

8. Reinstall Google Chrome

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Apps from the navigation pane, and then click on Installed apps.installed apps
  2. Locate Google Chrome, click on the ellipsis next to it, and select Uninstall from the flyout menu.uninstall chrome to fix chrome white screen
  3. Again, click on Uninstall in the confirmation prompt.uninstall
  4. Once done, navigate the following path, where the Username is the current account name, and then delete the Chrome folder here:C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Googledelete Chrome folder to fix white screen
  5. Finally, download Chrome and install it all over again.

Reinstalling Google Chrome fixed the issue for users when the previous ones didn’t work. Also, it’s been found to be highly effective in the case of the Selenium Chrome white screen issue.

And if you’ve tried also the last solution and the issues is still there, we recommend considering another browser option, we as WindowsReport recommend Opera One, a chromium base browser that not only keep your safe and secure but also organised and up-to-date.

These are all the ways you can quickly resolve Google Chrome’s white screen in Windows. Sometimes this issue affects just a single website, and we wrote about that in our Twitch white screen in Chrome guide.

Also, find out what to do if Chrome is not responding or working or if you encounter a Chrome untitled error on your PC.

Did you manage to fix this problem with a different solution? Let us know in the comments section below.

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