Google Chrome takes forever to open? Here’s how to fix it

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  • Chrome errors aren’t uncommon and many users reported that Chrome takes forever to open.
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Google Chrome is a browser renowned for its speed and reliability. So, it’s a little surprising that some users have stated on forums that Chrome takes ages to open.

Some users have said that they’re left waiting up to appalling 10 minutes for Google’s flagship browser to open. That’s obviously far too long for the browser to get started.

Learn how to fix the Chrome browser that takes ages to open in Windows 10 here. 

These solutions may also help with the following problems:

  • Chrome takes forever to open
  • Why does chrome take so long to open?
  • Google Chrome takes forever to open
  • Chrome taking forever to load
  • Chrome takes a long time to open

How do I speed up Google Chrome loading times?

  1. Switch to another browser
  2. Disable All Chrome’s Extensions
  3. Reset Google Chrome
  4. Turn Off Chrome’s Hardware Acceleration
  5. Reset Network Adapter
  6. Reinstall Chrome

1. Switch to another browser

If you’re tired of Google Chrome’s mishaps and want to switch to something similar, but more reliable, faster, and lighter, then look no further than Opera.

Both Chrome and Opera were built using the Chromium engine, but Opera was optimized in such a way that it isn’t as resource-intensive as its counterparts.

Opera’s extension catalog is also quite vast, so enhancing this already rich browser is extremely easy. more you, you gain the added benefit of a few security features, such as an ad-blocker, a built-in VPN, and a tracker blocker.

All in all, even if you do go through the trouble of trying to fix Chrome, it doesn’t hurt to use Opera in the meantime.

Opera

Opera

If you're tired of browsers that are slow, sluggish and take up all of your RAM, then go ahead and make Opera your new default browser.2

2. Disable all Chrome’s extensions

  1. Open the browser’s menu by clicking the Customize Google Chrome button at the top left of its window.
  2. Then select More tools > Extensions to open the tab shown directly below.disable chrome extensions
  3. Toggle the extensions off by clicking the button highlighted below.
  4. Alternatively, users can get rid of extensions by clicking Remove.

3. Reset Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome’s menu by clicking the Customize Google Chrome button.
  2. Click Settings to open the tab shown directly below.
  3. Scroll down the Settings tab, and click the Advanced button.
  4. Then scroll down to the Restore settings to their original defaults option.reset chrome to factory settings
  5. Click the Restore settings to their original defaults option, and select the Reset settings option.

4. Turn off Chrome’s hardware acceleration

  1. Enter chrome://settings in the browser’s URL bar and press Return.
  2. Then turn off the Use hardware acceleration when available setting is shown directly below, and restart Google Chrome.

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5. Reset network adapter

  1. Users have confirmed that resetting network adapters fixes Chrome’s slow startup.
  2. To do that, press the Windows key + Q keyboard shortcut.
  3. Input Command Prompt in Cortana’s search box.
  4. Right-click Command Prompt and select the Run as administrator option.
  5. First, enter ipconfig /flush in the Command Prompt, and press the Enter key.ipconfig /flush cmd
  6. Then enter netsh winsock reset in the Prompt’s window, and press the Enter key.
  7. Close the Command Prompt.
  8. Restart the desktop or laptop before opening Chrome.

6. Reinstall Chrome

  1. Open the Run accessory with the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Input appwiz.cpl in Run, and click the OK button.
  3. Select Google Chrome and click Uninstall.uninstall google chrome control panel
  4. Click Yes to confirm.
  5. Restart Windows after uninstalling Chrome.
  6. Click the Download Chrome button on the browser’s website to get the latest version.
  7. Then open the setup wizard for Chrome to reinstall the software.

Those are some of the resolutions that might kick-start Chrome so it starts much more quickly. Users who have additional fixes that speed up Chrome’s loading are welcome to share them below.


FAQ: Learn more about Google Chrome

  • How long should it take to download Chrome?

Downloading Chrome is pretty fast, and it usually takes a couple of minutes depending on your Internet connection.

  • How do I reset Google Chrome?

To reset Chrome, go to the Settings page and open Advanced options. Now click the Reset button to reset Chrome to the default.

  • Should I disable hardware acceleration?

If your other components are significantly weaker than your CPU, you might want to disable hardware acceleration since it won’t boost your performance in any way.

  • How do I optimize Chrome?

To optimize Google Chrome, be sure to clear the cache often and disable all extensions that you don’t use frequently.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.