Google Chrome Using Too Much Memory | Cause and Fix of the Problem


Although Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers, it is associated with a major problem of memory hogging. The browser uses too much RAM when running in the system and according to statistics; it is more than the other browsers. What it does to the system is that slowing down other processes by keeping RAM busy all the time. Thus, you see laggings when playing a game, writing documents, and even loading videos within the Chrome browser itself. In this post, we will explore the root cause of the problem and try to find out a fix so that Google Chrome uses less memory in carrying out the processes.

Google Chrome Using too Much Memory

Why Does ‘Google Chrome Use Too Much Memory’?

Google Chrome is the fastest and smoothest browser according to most users in the world. How do you think Google Chrome has achieved this status? It uses more RAM than the other browsers to be the fastest one in the web world. The next obvious question comes- why it requires more RAM to speed up things, or simply speaking, what is the special working procedure of the browser that sets it apart from the rest of the browsers.

Google Chrome uses RAM separately for each of the processes of each of the tabs. Suppose that you are surfing Facebook in one tab and watching YouTube videos in another tab. Here, surfing Facebook has got several processes such as loading written texts, playing sounds, sending messages, etc. On the other hand, watching YouTube videos also include multiple processes like loading videos and ads, showing video templates, etc. Google Chrome uses a portion of the RAM to run every process of the different tabs and therefore, piling up the memory usage.

Is It Always Negative to Use Much Memory?

The simple answer is no and we will require a bit of explanation. As Google Chrome uses RAM separately for different processes and tabs, the browser does not need to shut down completely when one or two processes encounter crash or security issues. Only the relevant tab is turned off and other tabs are not hampered at all. Hence, we can say that the technique used by Google Chrome to run is security-friendly and convenient for the users as well.

Besides, keeping RAM busy does not always bad because idle RAM does not add any worth to your system. However, it becomes a problem only when other tasks of the system are hampered because of the high memory usage of Google Chrome. It is the point where we need a solution.

How to Monitor Google Chrome Memory Usage?

‘Task Manager’ is a great tool to monitor the performance of different apps and processes. Move your mouse cursor to the empty space of theTask bar, right-click there, and then select the ‘Task Manager’ option. You will be able to see memory usage, CPU usage, speed, etc. performances of the apps that are currently running in the background. As you can see from the following figure, Google Chrome is using too much memory compared to other apps. Besides, there are multiple instances of Google Chrome because of the multiple processes used by the browser and small amounts of RAM usage of these processes adds to showcase a bigger amount.

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How to Fix the Problem?

There are a number of ways to stop Google Chrome from using too much memory. You may have to carry out trial and error methods to find out the exact solution or even end up trying all the solutions to fix the problem.

1. Ending the unnecessary processes

You can do it either from the task manager of your device or from the task manager of the Chrome browser itself. Open a new tab of Google Chrome and head towards the top-right corner of the screen to find the three dots symbol. Click on it and then from the ‘More tools’ option select the ‘Task manager’.

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Now, see for yourself which processes and tabs are more memory-heavy and unnecessary as well. Select those needless processes and hit the ‘End process’ button. You will see a major difference in terms of RAM consumption of the browser.

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2. Wiping out Needless Extensions

Again click on the three-dot symbol of the Google Chrome tab and then tap on the ‘More tools’ and then select the ‘Extensions’ option.

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You will be directed to the page where all of the installed extensions are listed. Select the needless extensions and remove them one by one. Often having more extensions than necessary creates great havoc on the memory side of the system. Hence, wipe out those extensions that are not used by you and keep only the absolutely necessary ones.

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3. Enabling Hardware Acceleration

Hardware acceleration is can only be activated if your system has got an additional GPU along with the normal Intel graphics card. If hardware acceleration is enabled in this type of system, many resource-oriented processes can be taken out to the additional GPU; hence, the default processor is loaded off too much memory usage.

To enable hardware acceleration, move your mouse cursor again to the three-dot symbol, click on it, and then tap on the ‘Settings’.

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Scroll down to find the ‘Advanced’ option and click here.

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Toggle on the ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ option. Remember, do not turn on this feature if your system does not possess the extra processor.

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4. Clearing up the Browser

Google Chrome may be piled up with bugs, glitches, malware, error files, etc. as the browser is continued to be used for a long time. Hence, you need to clear up unnecessary data to burden off the browser. Open the run box and type in ‘%appdata%’ and hit the ‘OK’ button.

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Next, navigate to this folder: Local> Google> Chrome> User Data> Default. Select the default folder and either delete it or rename it to remove all the data of the Chrome browser. Make sure that the browser is synced with your Google account. Next time you enter Chrome, you will have to fill in your Gmail account and password as the browser had gone through a hard reset.

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5. Using Memory Manager Extension

There are memory manager extensions for Google Chrome available on the store that are really helpful in closing out the unnecessary tabs, processes, and even other extensions, thus reducing RAM usage by the browser. The Great Suspender, The Great Discarder, One Tab, etc. are good extensions to do this type of job efficiently.

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6. Closing Background Processes

Even when you turn off Google Chrome, some processes of the browser still can run in the background. This causes a needless burden to the RAM. You can testify by closing all the tabs of the browser and then seeing processes from the task manager. In order to close all the background processes, navigate to the ‘Settings’ of Chrome and then ‘Advanced Settings’ like mentioned in the previous solutions. Next, toggle off the ‘Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed’ option and see the difference.

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7. Updating the Browser

You should update Google Chrome regularly so that there are no bugs or glitches inside the browser. You can update the browser by navigating to the ‘3 dots’> ‘Help’> ‘About Google Chrome’ and looking for any available updates.


If the above-mentioned fixes cannot resolve the issue of Google Chrome using too much memory, then you might have to buy additional RAM powerful enough to run the system efficiently. However, make sure that you have tried all the fixes before going for a big decision. That’s it for today, have a good day!

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