Thanks to the streamlined nature of ChromeOS, Chromebooks are usually very responsive – swifter than you might expect from inexpensive hardware. Sometimes you may experience slow-downs, though. If you have lots of web pages open in multiple tabs, extensions installed or if you’re running older versions of the OS, it could go slower than you’d like it to.
Here are a few tips on how to get a sluggish Chromebook back up to full speed.
1. Close some tabs
We all have plenty of tabs open when in Chrome, which can result in less that optimum performance as resources are diverted to the browser. One of the easiest ways to speed up a Chromebook is to reduce the number of tabs open at any one time. If you’re worried about not being able to find websites or items if you close them down, try using an app like
Pocket which allows you to store links to the articles and pages so you can read them later.
2. Reduce the number of Extensions on your Chromebook
Another common problem when it comes to a slow Chromebook is the number of Extensions in use. These handy mini-apps run in the browser and can do a number of useful things such as looking for bargains online, protecting your privacy, or altering the appearance of the window, but too many at the same time will be a big draw on resources, resulting in a slow machine.
To see which extensions are currently running, open Chrome and click on the three dots icon in the top right corner. From the menu that appears, select More tools > Extensions, which will open up the Extensions control page.
Here you’ll see your current extensions. Below and to the right of each one is a switch that shows whether it’s enabled or not. If the switch is blue, then the extension is running, if it’s greyed out it isn’t. Turn off any that you don’t need at the moment and see if that improves performance.
Another idea is to disable any that are new, and work your way back to see whether one you’ve added recently has caused the issue.
3. Install the latest updates for ChromeOS
Sometimes errors and bugs can creep into complex software like ChromeOS. To alleviate these, it’s always a good idea to be running the latest version of the operating system. To do this, you’ll want to check that any outstanding updates have been installed. We explain the process in
how to update a Chromebook.
4. Reset or replace your Chromebook
If all else fails, the last resort is to fix resetting both the software and the hardware on your device. We cover both of these in our separate guides on
how to fix a frozen Chromebook and
how to reset a Chromebook.
Should these prove unsuccessful, you can always read our
best Chromebook chart to line-up a replacement.