Is Vivaldi’s browser running slowly for you? Here’s how to speed it up

Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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Vivaldi is a freeware web browser that supports multiple platforms and is based on Chromium. The browser, however, sometimes runs into some slight performance issues.

For instance, users sometimes report a delay when opening or switching to another tab.

Thankfully, there are a few workarounds that you can perform to speed up the browser‘s performance.

How to improve Vivaldi’s browsing performance

  1. Close the settings page
  2. Modify or disable browser functions

If you don’t want to go through the two troubleshooting steps listed above, you can simply switch to a different browser.

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If you prefer to keep using Vivaldi, then check out these two troubleshooting methods to make your browser fast again.

1. Close the settings page

One culprit can be an opened settings page (vivaldi://settings/all/). Normally, your first stop is in the settings tab as you might want to make some tweaks to the browser before using it.

Once you finish customizing the browser, make sure to close the settings page. Otherwise, Vivaldi will delay other browser activities.

2. Modify or disable browser functions

First off, there are caveats associated with speeding up Vivaldi. If you cannot live without all of the features of the browser, do not perform the following changes.

However, you may choose to do away with some features and functionality to increase the speed of Vivaldi. Extensions can also slow down your browser, so you may want to disable some of them.

Then sift through the various browser settings and set your preferences for optimum performance.

  1. vivaldi://settings/startup/ – set the New Tab page to “specific pages” without actually assigning a certain URL to the field.
  2. vivaldi://settings/startup/ – enable the “Lazy Load Restored Tabs” option if you previously configured the browser to load the last session upon startup. 
  3. vivaldi://settings/appearance/ – Uncheck the”use animation” and “use buttons in range controls” boxes. 
  4. vivaldi://settings/start-page/ — Uncheck the “show background image” box. 
  5. vivaldi://settings/tabs/ – Uncheck the following options under the tabs menu: “show popup thumbnails”, “show tab thumbnails”, “detect page title notifications”, and “use unread indicators”. 
  6. vivaldi://settings/addressbar/ — Uncheck “fast forward and rewind”. 
  7. vivaldi://settings/mouse/ — Uncheck the “allow gestures” and “allow rocker gestures” boxes. 

For more tips and tricks to speed up Vivaldi, you can check out this forum thread.

Do you know any other methods to speed up Vivaldi? Share them with us in the comments!


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