7 Ways to Speed up Your Chromebook:
Chromebooks aren’t as fast as laptops. But, they boot up quickly, offer better battery life, and function efficiently. Still, your Chromebook’s performance has a tendency to deteriorate after prolonged use.
This usually happens when you overburden your Chromebook with its hardware capabilities. In this article, we’ll go over 7 ways to speed up your Chromebook. We’ll also highlight the factors responsible for slowing down your Chromebook’s performance.
1. Close Unused Browser Tabs
Having too many web pages opened in your web browser (especially Google Chrome) can affect the speed and performance of your Chromebook. To fix this, close web pages or browser windows that you no longer need. For web pages that you don’t need at the moment, bookmarking them is a better alternative to leaving them open.
To bookmark a webpage on Chrome, click star icon Select More on the right edge of the browser’s address bar done. This will add the page to your browser’s bookmarks.
To access the bookmarked page, click on Chrome menu icon, Choose bookmark, and select Webpage. That will open the page in a new browser tab.
One more thing – we strongly recommend reading this Guide to making Chrome less resource-intensive. If you can reduce the level of system resources your browser consumes, your Chromebook will definitely run faster.
2. Disable or Delete Unused Extensions
Although extensions add more functionality to your browser, they sometimes consume excessive system resources and slow down your browser and device. Go to your browser’s extensions menu and remove any unknown or unnecessary extensions.
On Chrome, tap the Menu icon, select more tools, and select extension.
To disable an extension, move the toggle to the left, or tap remove button to Uninstall Extensions from Chrome.
Restart your Chromebook afterwards and check if that speeds up your Chromebook.
3. Close Unused Apps
When you launch an app, it will consume your Chromebook’s memory, CPU resources, and battery life—even when you’re not using the app. If you notice that your Chromebook is slowing down, freezing, or taking forever to execute commands, go to Shelf and close the apps you’re not using.
On the shelf, you’ll find a white dot below the active applications. Right-click on an app and select close.
4. Update Your Apps
If apps are out of date, your Chromebook may also start to slow down. Make sure you update your apps frequently. Better yet, enable “automatic app updates” within the Google Play Store.
Update Apps on Chromebook
- Launch Google Play Store, tap on the profile picture in the top-right corner and select My Apps & Games.
- tap Update button next to any old app. If there is a message “No updates available” on the page, it means that all your apps are up-to-date.
Enable Automatic App Updates on Chromebook
Configuring the Google Play Store to automatically install app updates will save a lot of time and energy. It can also help speed up your Chromebook because you’ll always have the updated and most efficient versions of your apps.
- Launch Google Play Store, tap the profile icon in the top right corner and select Adjustment.
- Expand the General section and select Auto-update apps.
- Choose on any network and click done.
For Linux apps, you’ll need to manually monitor update availability from the developer’s website.
5. Restart Your Chromebook
If your Chromebook continues to perform sluggishly despite closing unused apps and installing app updates, restarting the device can help speed things up. Before proceeding, remember to close all active apps and files so that you don’t lose any unsaved data.
Tap your Chromebook’s status area (at the bottom-right side of the screen) and select the Power button. Alternatively, hold down your Chromebook’s power button and select power off.
Wait for Chrome OS to shut down completely and press the Power button once to restart your Chromebook.
6. Uninstall Unneeded Apps
Removing apps you don’t need or use can help speed up your Chromebook. Similarly, you will be free up a good amount of storage space. this guide Remove Apps on Chromebook It has everything you need to know, but we’ll walk you through the basics in a nutshell.
- hold on slip away key and tap the Launcher icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.
- Right-click on the app you no longer need and select uninstall.
- to uninstall Linux apps on your Chromebook, open the Linux Apps folder, right-click on the app and select uninstall.
7. Update Chrome OS
A Chrome OS bug could be slowing down your Chromebook’s performance or causing other displays Known Chrome OS Issues. Visit the Chrome OS details page and make sure you have the latest version installed on your device.
- Launch the Settings menu and select About Chrome OS.
- click or tap check for updates Button.
- Install any Chrome OS updates that appear on the screen. If you’re running the latest Chrome OS build, you’ll receive a “Your Chromebook is up to date” message. If the page has a “Restart to Update” or “Restart” button, there is a pending update that has been downloaded in the background before. Tap the button to restart and update your Chromebook.
Remember to close your apps before restarting your device, so you don’t lose unsaved files and documents. If you’re unable to update your Chromebook, it’s probably up to your Auto-Update Expiry (AUE) Date. Go to Settings > About Chrome OS > Additional Details and check the Update Schedule row to see your Chromebook’s auto-update expiration date.
Automatic Chrome OS updates will not be provided by Google after this date.
Last resort: Powerwash your Chromebook
If the problem persists, consider doing a power-wash (read: hard reset). This will restore your Chromebook to factory defaults and erase your files, remove user accounts, and remove all third-party apps. We recommend that you visit the nearest authorized service center or contact the support centers of the Chromebook manufacturer. Schedule an appointment and have your Chromebook checked for hardware defects.
Should you decide to factory reset your Chromebook, back up important files to an external storage device or Google Drive. refer to The Comprehensive Guide to Power-Washing a Chromebook To learn how to hard-reset your device the right way.