How to Speed Up a Slow-Running Chromebook

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Slow-running Chromebooks are frustrating to use. Ideally, you would want whatever you are doing on your Chromebook to be fast. You open a tab and within seconds it opens. You launch an app and it takes no time to open. That would be nice. Slow-running Chromebooks are common. The good news is that you can speed them up. Read on to find out how:

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Speed Up a Slow-Running Chromebook

To speed up your slow-running Chromebook, you can try the following:

1. Update your Chromebook:

It’s obvious, up-to-date Chromebooks perform at their best. Regularly updating your Chromebook is important for several reasons. Firstly, updates can fix security vulnerabilities and protect your device from malware and online threats and above all, updates can improve performance, stability, and compatibility with the latest software and hardware technologies. Therefore, by choosing to update your Chromebook, you set up an anti-dot to a slow-running Chromebook. Click here for an update.

2. Clear the cache:

Clearing the browser cache can help free up memory and improve performance. A Chromebook can become slow if the cache becomes full and is not effectively managed. The cache is used to store frequently accessed data, such as web page information and browser history so that it can be quickly retrieved and used again.

However, if the cache becomes full, it can cause the system to slow down as it may take longer to access the data it needs. Additionally, if the cache is not being cleaned or managed effectively, it can cause the system to slow down as well, as it will be filled with outdated or unnecessary information. Therefore, it is important to regularly clear the cache on a Chromebook to remove any outdated or unnecessary information, and to ensure that the system is running as efficiently as possible. To clear the Cache on your Chromebook;

  1. Start Chrome.
  2. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select “More Tools” from the displayed list and then select “Clear browsing data.” 
  4. Check the boxes next to Browsing HistoryCookies, and Cached Images and Files.
  5. Click Clear Data.

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3. Use the Task Manager:

Use the task manager to close any apps or tabs that are using up too much memory or CPU. The task manager is very handy when it comes to monitoring and managing apps that are actively running on your device.

It even lets you see which apps are using the most resources. Once identified, you can send them by clicking or tapping on the end task. Then, there are those stubborn apps that will just refuse to close. You can also end them using the task manager by tapping or clicking on end task.

4. Use a lighter browser:

If you are using a lot of extensions or tabs, try using a more lightweight browser such as Chrome Canary or Microsoft Edge.

Chrome and Edge are the fastest browsers currently. Even when you install extensions, they do not affect the browser’s speed. I personally use both chrome and edge on my PC and have extensions installed on them. I have not felt any lag in speed at any one moment while I’m using any of them. Head over to Google’s website and install chrome by clicking on this link here. Or download Microsoft Edge by going to this website here.

5. Check for malware:

Make sure your device is free of malware by running a scan using an antivirus program. Most Chromebooks are secure by design, but you never know. Hackers are tirelessly working themselves to break into systems.

To be on the safe side, install anti-virus software and know for sure.

6. Restart your device:

This can help clear memory and refresh the system. Restarting a computer closes down running applications and refreshes your system. It frees up resources giving it a boost that makes it run faster. You will definitely notice a change in its speed once you restart it.

To restart your Chromebook, press and hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r. Then select Restart.