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7 Ways to Fix Slow Google Chrome Slow on Windows 11

After upgrading to Windows 11, some users find that Google Chrome lagging and slow to open. This tutorial shows the top 7 ways to fix Chrome being slow in Windows 11.

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Table of Contents

Here is a quick overview of what works for Google Chrom slow in Windows 11:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Restart Your Computer or Browser Restart your computer or Google Chrome at first to see if this fixes the slow issue...Full steps
Fix 2. Close Unnecessary Tabs You may come across the Chrome slow issue if you've opened too many tabs on Chrome...Full steps
Fix 3. Clear Browsing Cache and Cookies Chrome lagging or slow problems can also be caused by the cache and history data on Chrome...Full steps
Fix 4. Disable Unused Chrome Extensions  Try to disable the apps and extensions you don't need in Chrome to see if this issue appears...Full steps
More Useful Methods Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome, update Chrome to the Latest Version, and more...Full steps

User case: Slow Google browsing on Windows 11

"Help. I installed Windows 11 on October 5, the day it was released. And when using Google Chrome on certain things like Google Maps or YouTube, it was just painfully slow to load compared to Windows 10. Does someone know why is Google Chrome so slow on Windows 11 and how to solve this?"

Windows 11 comes with great improvements in the new interface, features, PC game, and Microsoft Store. You can download Windows 11 as long as your computer meets the minimum device specifications.

However, there are also catches on the new operating system. One of the problems with high frequencies is that the Chrome browser becomes slower than usual on Windows 11. If you are encountering Windows 11 Chrome slow issue, you are not alone. This article covers all of the useful methods to help you fix slow and lagging web browsing on Windows 11.

Fix 1. Restart Your Computer or Browser

Before moving any further, we recommend you restart your computer and Chrome to see if that helps. If not, try out with the following solutions.

You can type chrome://restart in the Chrome address bar to restart your browser quickly.

restart chrome

Fix 2. Close Unused Tabs

Google Chrome is known for exclusive resources, especially when many tabs are open. In Chrome, each tab opens its own process on your computer. Too many tabs will consume a lot of RAM resources, which will lead to Chrome's slow problem.

To know how many resources your chrome takes up, you can press Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time to go to the Task Manager. Then, you can find Google Chrome under Apps and see its running consumption.

chrome performance

If Chrome consumes a lot of resources, close unnecessary tabs to see if it opens or runs faster in Windows 11.

Fix 3. Clear Browsing Cache and Cookies

If you use your Chrome browser for too long, a lot of cached data and cookies will accumulate, which can slow your browser down. To resolve the issue, you can clear the browsing data and cache.

Step 1. Click the three dots at the right-top corner of your Chrome browser.

Step 2. Click "More tools" from the context menu and choose "Clear browsing data...".

clear browsing data

Step 3. Select the "Cache" and "Cookies" boxes and click "Clear data".

choose cache

After clearing browsing data, restart Chrome and see if it is still sluggish.

Bonus Tip: Recover Deleted or Lost Chrome Bookmarks, Histories, and Favorites

If you happen to delete or clean important bookmarks, histories, or favorites from your Chrome browser, you may restore from a local file folder on your PC that backs up all of your browsing histories and bookmarks in Chrome.

Go to the following location to find the local files, and click to add to your Chrome again.

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\local storage(or Bookmarks)

If there are no available backups on your computer when your Chrome bookmarks or histories got deleted, you can still try using Windows 11 data recovery software to retrieve the lost data.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is competent to recover any deleted files from HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, external hard drive, etc. Free download this file recovery tool and restore the deleted or lost Chrome bookmarks or histories on your PC now.

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Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition/drive where the deleted files were stored. Click "Scan" to find lost files.

select a location where you deleted files

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover

When the scanning has finished, select the deleted files you want to recover. You can click on the filter to display only the file types you want. If you remember the file name, you can also search in the "Search files or folders" box, which is the fastest way to find the target file. 

Choose recoverable files

Step 3. Preview and recover deleted files

Preview the recoverable files. Then, select files you want to restore and click "Recover" to store the files at a new storage locations instead of the disk where the data was previously lost.

Recover deleted files

Fix 4. Disable Chrome Extensions You Don't Need

When you use Chrome to surf the web, Chrome extensions can consume a lot of resources and even conflict with the program. If Google Chrome has started lagging and is slow to open down in Windows 11, try to disable extensions you don't need to see if the issue persists.

Step 1. Open Chrome. Type chrome://extensions in the address bar and then press Enter.

chrome extension

Step 2. Choose an extension. Here, we use Adblock Plus as an example. Slide the button to disable the extension.

disable chrome extension

You can disable as many extensions as you don't need. Then, check if your Chrome is working at a normal speed. If slow Google Chrome on Windows 11 still exists, try the next method.

Fix 5. Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome

Hardware acceleration is a technique to reduce the workload of the CPU in a computer by assigning heavy computing tasks to specialized hardware, such as GPU. This technique is often used especially in image processing. Enabling hardware acceleration will speed things up. But it might also cause some unexpected issues, like Chrome slow issue.

Try to disable hardware acceleration to fix Google Chrome lagging and slow. Here's how to do it:

Step 1. Click the Menu button On the upper right corner and select "Settings".

Step 2. Scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced" to show more options.

chrome settings

Step 3. From the System section, click to close "hardware acceleration when available".

uncheck hardware chrome

Step 4. Restart your Chrome browser and see if it is still slow to open.

Fix 6. Update Chrome to the Latest Version

Windows 11 Chrome slow problem may occur when your browser is in an old version that no longer supports some plug-ins or features. Google releases regular monthly updates with the latest Chromium builds. Making sure your browser version is up to date can avoid a lot of problems.

To get this issue fixed, follow the steps below:  

Step 1. Open your Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right corner.

Step 2. Click "About Chrome". 

chrome update

Step 3. Check the browser version. See if it's up to date or if there are any updates waiting to be installed. Download the latest version if necessary.

Fix 7. Remove Harmful Software Using Chrome Clean Up Feature

Virus or malware attacks can cause Chrome problems and make it open slowly. Chrome can help to detect harmful applications and remove them. In this way, you may fix the Windows 11 Google Chrome slow issue.

Step 1. Click on the three dots. And then click "Settings".

Step 2. Go to "Advanced > Reset and clean up".

clean up computer

Step 3. Click "Clean up computer" and click "Find" from the "Find and remove harmful software" section.

find remove harnful software

Wait for the process to complete, restart your computer and Chrome, and check if the issue persists.

Concluding Thoughts

There are a number of things you can do to fix Google Chrome slow in Windows 11. Start by restarting your computer or Chrome. This method can solve simple problems. If the restart doesn't work, try to disable Chrome extensions and hardware acceleration, clear browsing histories, caches, or harmful software, update Chrome, and more.

If you lose important data in the process of resolving the problem, use data recovery software to recover the data in the first place.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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