How to fix the WebGL error in Google Chrome
Switch Hardware Acceleration off
- Switching hardware accelerated graphics off is one way to resolve the WebGL error. Click the Customize Google Chrome button to open the browser’s primary menu.
- Select Settings to open the Settings tab. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings tab and click Advanced to expand the options.
- Scroll down the Settings page until you get to System options. There you’ll find the Use hardware acceleration when available option shown directly below.
- If Use hardware acceleration when available is a selected option, click the setting to toggle it off.
- Relaunch the Google Chrome browser.
Switch off the WebGL 2 Flag Setting
- Chrome includes a WebGL 2.0 setting that you can configure via the chrome://flags page. First, input ‘chrome://flags’ in the browser’s URL bar to open the flags page below.
- To find the setting, press the Ctrl + F hotkey. That will open a search box where you can enter ‘WebGL 2’ as below.
- Now click the WebGL 2 drop-down menu and select Disabled from there.
- Press Relaunch Now to restart Google Chrome.
Add the Disable WebGL Extension to Chrome
One developer has also brought out a Chrome extension specifically to switch WebGL off. The developer states: “I created it because for some reason, my entire laptop freezes for a full 15 seconds every time a page tries to load WebGL. Astonishingly, almost every website out there seems to try to create a WebGL context nowadays, even plain news websites.” You can add Disable WebGL to the browser by pressing the + Add to Chrome on this website page. Then the extension automatically switches WebGL off.
Reset the Flag Settings
Resetting Chrome’s flag settings to default can potentially resolve the WebGL hit a snag error. You can do that by pressing the Reset all defaults button at the top right of the chrome://flags page. Then restart the browser by pressing the Relaunch Now button.
Those are a few remedies for the WebGL snag error in Google Chrome. The Chrome://GPU page, which you can open by entering ‘chrome://gpu’ in the URL bar, highlights GPU related errors for Chrome and might also help fix the WebGL error.
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