Want to speed up Chrome? Best extensions for faster browsing

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  • Google Chrome is a great browser, but it can get a bit slow sometimes.
  • What makes Google Chrome so special is the ability to enhance it by using various extensions.
  • If you’re looking to speed up Chrome, today we’ll show you the best extensions for that job.
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Speed up chrome with extensions

If Google Chrome is not as fast as it used to be, you can install a dedicated extensionto speed it up. In this article, we’ll list the best extensions to speed up Chrome and enjoy a better browsing experience.

How to speed up Google Chrome with extensions?

Quick Tip

Opera is similar to Chrome, only faster

What about Opera? Why should you try speeding up a heavy browser, when you can use Opera which is much faster by default, without installing anything else?

Are there any features that you like about Chrome? Well, you should know that Opera is now built on Chromium.

This means, that they share some common infrastructure. Some of the Chrome extensions from the web store can also be installed in Opera.

Other than this, the Opera developers have added a bunch of free features that Chrome doesn’t have.

These include:

  • built-in snapshot functionality
  • Crypto-mining protection
  • free VPN
  • battery saver mode
  • Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp right in the sidebar

And many other useful ideas that are just delightful. Give it a try!

Opera

Opera

Faster and better than Chrome. Give Opera a shot and see how easy it is to make the switch forever.

1. Web Boost

Thanks to this Chrome extension, you’ll wait less, and browse faster. This tool works by blocking the elements that you don’t really need when surfing the Internet, such as ads and trackers.

In this manner, web pages load noticeably faster without damaging image quality.

Web Boost is a free and open source software that you can download from the Chrome Store. You can also check out the source codes at GitHub.


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2. Better, Faster, Private Browsing

This extension help Chrome browse 27% faster and use 17% less bandwidth. At the same time, it reduces the time to open the search result by half.

This Chrome extension also protects your privacy and prevents websites from tracking your online activity.

You can download Better, Faster, Private Browsing for free from the Chrome Store.


3. OneClick Cleaner for Chrome

If you haven’t cleared your browsing data for quite a while, Chrome becomes slow. You can help Chrome browse faster and protect your privacy by getting rid of cache, history etc.

OneClick Cleaner helps you quickly clean up Chrome and delete all the traces of your online activity.

With just one click, you can clear the browser’s cache, cookies, the list of downloaded files (but not the downloads), fileSystems, history, localStorage, pluginData, passwords, and webSQL data.

You can download OneClick Cleaner for Chrome for free from the Chrome Store.


4. Speed Up Browsing

This Chrome extension speeds up browsing by adding missing Cache-Control response headers. Downloaded images and scripts are used once again to load page significantly faster.

If you’re on a slow or metered Internet connection, this extension will work wonders for you.

Speed Up Browsing also lets you change the max-age value for images/scripts/css independently. However, it increases the disk space used in C: drive overtime.

If you have limited drive space, you should install another extension.

You can download Speed Up Browsing for free from the Chrome Store.


5. Better Browser – for Chrome

This extension improves your browsing speed by 15%. The Auto Scroll feature automatically loads the next page before you reach the end of the current page.

The Floating Search feature allows you to search and type faster for a better Chrome browsing experience.

Important note: our readers reported that Google officially acknowledged that Better Browser has a piece of malware in one of its scripts.

Some of our users strongly recommended searching for version 1.5.3 on the Internet as it is safe. We suggest you secure yourself before that and to install a good antivirus on your PC and a PC optimizer as they could help you with your browser’s speed.

You can download Better Browser – for Chrome for free from the Chrome Store.

If you’ve used other extensions to speed up Chrome, you can list them in the comment section below.


FAQ: Learn more about faster Chrome extensions

  • How can I increase the speed of Google Chrome?

To increase the speed of Chrome, be sure to clear your cache frequently or just use one of many extensions that can help you speed it up.

  • How can I increase browsing speed?

To increase the browsing speed, make sure that you close all unnecessary tabs and disable all extensions that you don’t use frequently.

  • How do I stop Google Chrome from slowing down my computer?

If Chrome is slowing down your computer, be sure to keep the number of open tabs low and disable resource-intensive extensions.

  • Why is Chrome so RAM heavy?

Chrome tends to use a lot of RAM because every tab, plugin or extension is running as a separate process.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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