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How to Troubleshoot Google Chrome on Mac

Posted: April 5, 2021

Google Chrome users often complain about performance and stability issues, which may impact their Web browsing sessions in an adverse manner. Unfortunately, Chrome has been plagued by such issues for a long time, and new updates do not seem to resolve all of them. This is why Google Chrome users should learn some basic troubleshooting tips, which can help them maintain their Google Chrome install in a good state and reduce the odds of encountering unexpected bugs or performance issues.

Reduce Chrome Battery Usage

Google Chrome can consume a lot of power, reducing battery life drastically. This is very likely to happen if you use a large number of extensions or keep too many opened tabs simultaneously. To find what Chrome tasks are draining your battery, you should:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Press the 'three stripes' icon in the top-right corner to open the menu, and then select More Tools -> Task Manager.
  3. Sort by 'Memory Footprint' and see which extensions/tabs are consuming the most resources.
  4. Close the ones that you are not using.

Improve Speed by Clearing the Cache

During your Web browsing sessions, Google Chrome is likely to cache a lot of information about the sites you browse regularly. This includes scripts, cookies, cached images, and a lot of other information that will quickly grow in size. This is why you should periodically clean the Google Chrome cache to improve speed by:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Select the 'three stripes' icon to access the menu, and go to More Tools -> Clear Browsing Data.

Select the types of data you want to clear and the period to check. You may want to consider 'All Time' for your first maintenance, and then select Cookies, Cached images and files and History.

Disable Background Sync

Background synchronization is a helpful feature if you want to quickly update your Chrome data across multiple devices. However, what users might not know is that keeping this service up and running may consume a lot of battery and network resources. If you do not find this service to be important, you can turn it off by:

  1. Open Google Chrome and go to Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy and Security -> Site Settings.
  3. Scroll down until you see the Background Sync option and disable it.

Fixing Google Chrome Crashes

Unexpected crashes can be very troublesome and, unfortunately, there may be multiple causes for this problem. Some of the things you can do to try and fix Google Chrome crashes include:

  • Update Google Chrome.
  • Turn off browser extensions that you do not use. Using too many extensions, or even one buggy extension may lead to unexpected consequences. If turning off a specific extension seems to fix the crashes, then you may need to get rid of it permanently.
  • Use Google Chrome's safety check. Go to the Google Chrome settings panel, select 'Safety Check' on the right and wait for the task to complete.