There’s nothing you use more and think about less than your web browser. You use your web browser to check the news, the stock market, your bank account, sports teams, watch shows, anything and everything you’re interested in. Add in the extensions and apps available for nearly all modern browsers, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a single application you use more on a daily basis.
Despite all the improvements, there are times when your browser just isn’t up to the task. If your web browser starts to seem a bit sluggish, how do you speed it up? We’ll look at five steps to help boost your sagging browser speeds.
1. Cut down on open tabs!
Let’s start with a simple one. Some of us HATE closing old tabs, and it shows. You never know when you might want to re-open that search you did three weeks ago on your favorite obscure band.
The problem, of course, is that some of those tabs are consuming system resources. They’re probably not directly affecting your browser - but they’re taking up extra memory, especially if there are any dynamic elements like video or audio. Too many of those open at once, and you may start to notice everything slowing down a bit.
Keep yourself limited to a handful of open tabs at any one time, and close out any dynamic tabs - YouTube, Netflix, etc. You can also make sure that you don’t have your homepage set to something that requires constant refreshing and is trying to display ads.
2. Remove extensions
Browser extensions are software add-ons for your browser. They change the way information is processed, stored, or appears on your browser. There are countless helpful extensions, from productivity hacks to email encryption extensions, from skins for different websites to password storage devices.
There are two problems with extensions, however. Extensions can pose a security risk, allowing third parties to infect your computer with malware, as well as divulge your browsing history and personal information.
Beyond the security risks that extensions pose, there’s a simple drain of resources. In every extension or add-on is an extra program to execute. The more extensions you have installed, the more your browser has to work, and the slower it will run.
To speed things up, simply remove any unwanted or unused extensions. You can add and remove extensions from any browser that supports them; to speed up your Chrome browser, follow these steps.
3. Uninstall/reinstall your browser
If you’re not seeing much improvement after the first few steps, you can always uninstall and reinstall your browser. This tends to clear things out all at once, and you may see a big improvement once you start from scratch with the latest version.
4. Update browser
Some of the older browsers, like Mozilla or Chrome, are updated regularly. And not all of those updates are created equal; a browser might make some much-needed improvements after a while. Make sure that you have automatic updates turned on for your browser, or check for a newer version.
5. Upgrade browser
Maybe you simply need a new browser! It’s no surprise that browsers have come a long way since the days of Netscape. Today, users are spoiled for choice. There are browsers that are platform-specific browsers, like Apple’s Safari. And there’s an entirely new generation of Chromium-based browsers, like Brave. Speaking of . . .
Bonus: Install Brave
Brave is the browser re-invented. In fact, Brave wants to re-invent the entire Internet economy, from a surveillance-based economy that tracks, analyzes, and resells your browsing data and surfing history to a privacy-based economy that rewards you for your time and attention. By rewarding users with Basic Attention Tokens for certain opt-in ads, and by blocking ads and trackers automatically with Shields, Brave provides a highly secure and private browsing experience.
Even better? Brave is fast. All of those ads and trackers blocked, usually from 3rd party sites, are ads and trackers that don’t need to be loaded. In reality, this means that pages load 3x to 6x faster with Brave. If you really want to speed up your browser, switch to Brave!