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To Control RAM Usage, Use Chrome Flags

In Google Chrome, there is a flag feature that automatically discards background in the system/android. You will not be able to open them until you click on them.

  • In the Google address bar, type chrome:/flags. Toggle on “Automatic tab discarding and the switch tab.” The Show Saved Copy Button appears after you discard the tab and asks if you want to reload it.
  • After you’ve discarded the tab, The Show Saved Copy Button appears, asking whether you want to reload the tab or not.


You may have noticed that Google Chrome for Windows creates a bunch of different processes when it’s running.

What’s the deal with all those processes?

In today’s article, I’ll tell you how you can disable google chrome’s multiple processes.

So, let’s get started.

Kill Chrome processes using GoogleChrome Task manager You can use the Google Chrome Task manager to view and close any Chrome process on your computer.

1. To kill multiple processes, open Google Chrome, and follow these steps to kill them using the inbuilt Task Manager:

  • Click on the 3-dot Chrome browser settings icon located in the upper-right corner of the Chrome screen.
  • From the drop-down menu click on More tools and then click on Task Manager option in the side menu that appears.
  • This will open the Google Chrome Task Manager, click on any Chrome process that you want to shut down, and then click on the End process button.
  • This will kill the selected Chrome process, preventing it from using resources on your computer.

2. Stop Google Chrome Background Apps:

 Even if you shut the Chrome browser, Chrome conti
  • Even if you shut the Chrome browser, Chrome continues to run processes within the background.
  • This happens when you install Chrome Plug-in and Chrome Extension with a default tendency to continue running in the background.
  • However, you can prevent Google Chrome background apps by following these steps click on the 3-dot Chrome browser settings icon located at the top right corner of your screen and then click on Settings in the drop-down menu.
 On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on
  • On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on the ’Advanced’ option to expand the settings screen.
  • Scroll down the expanded Settings screen, to look for System option. Under this uncheck the option that says “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”.

3. Close Tabs That Are Unused:

  • While browsing the Internet, many times we tend to open multiple tabs and then forget to close them, thereby letting them consume unnecessary memory.
  • Hence it is beneficial if we keep a check on which tabs are left unused and close them to reduce Chrome memory usage.

4. Remove Unwanted Extensions in Chrome Browser:

  • It has been noticed that faulty browser extension also leads to unwanted consumption of memory and may interfere with normal browsing.
  • Hence, it is recommended that you look out for the faulty browser extensions and disable or remove them to limit Chrome memory usage.

5. Check For Malware Infections:

  • A PC when infected by malware infection results in its abnormal functioning.
  • This may also hamper normal Chrome browsing as its malware infections can affect browsers thereby increasing memory usage.
  • For this one should always keep an anti-malware installed and updated.
  • If you do not have one, we recommend Advanced System Protector by Systweak, which is one of the best anti-malware/spyware programs.

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When Does Chrome Using Too Much Memory Become a Problem?

Google Chrome using too much memory only becomes a problem if it limits the amount available for other programs. If you notice that your other programs run sluggish or your computer freezes and crashes when you have Google Chrome tabs up and running, this is a sign that the high memory usage is an issue.

Task Manager Can Be Used To Disable Chrome’s Background

Shift+Esc (Mac) or Shift+Esc (Windows) To open task manager on a Mac, go to Windows>Task Manager. You can see how much memory Chrome is using from Task Manager.

If memory usage is higher than usual, close the tabs or uninstall the memory-hogging extensions. There will be a list of tabs appear. Close the tabs by terminating the memory-intensive process.

Why does Chrome take so much memory?

To understand why Google Chrome takes up so much memory, you will need to take a look at how it functions. Chrome runs each tab as a separate new process. This is to make sure that you get a fast browsing experience along with high stability. So when you have multiple open tabs running in your browser, more processes need to be executed. This results in Chrome taking up a lot of memory.

In order to have faster speeds, Chrome retains much of the data across the tabs, thus requiring more memory. For example, Chrome keeps your inactive tabs running so that you can instantly have access to them as soon as you come back to the tab.

Also from a security viewpoint, since Chrome uses a separate process for each tab, any malicious attack on one tab won’t affect other tabs. 

Chrome is among the best browsers around thanks to its fast browsing speed, powerful performance, and reliable security. However, the very reasons mentioned above are what causes it to take up so much memory. Next, we'll look at the steps we can take to resolve this issue.

6 Methods to Reduce Chrome Memory Leaks

There are some tricks that can limit Chrome memory usage. The tips that I will discuss here work on Windows 7, 8/8.1, and 10. 

1. Update Chrome

Many bugs and issues get fixed when we update a software/browse. In addition many features will be added to improve user experience.

In Computer, Google Chrome is automatically updated when your PC is connected to an Internet connection. To check whether your Chrome is updated or not, go to Menu >> Help and click on the About Google Chrome.

In case you have a problem in updating Chrome then you can manually update it from here. 

2. Remove Extensions to Reduce Chrome Memory Usage

Just like your PC has a task manager, you’ll find a task manager inside Chrome. You can find Chrome’s task manager if you go to Menu >> More tools and click on Task Manager. Or press the ‘Shift + Esc’ key on the keyboard.  

You can see there are processes and extensions running on the background and taking memory. You can check the memory footprint of each process and extensions. So, if your Google Chrome has tons of extensions and apps running then Chrome consumes so much memory.

Now you have the idea that these extensions are taking memory. So go to Menu >> More tools and click on Extensions. You have to disable or completely remove the extensions which you are not using. 

Most of the extensions may be running in the background even if you are not using them so it is beneficial to disable these extensions until you need them. Disabling and enabling only when needed willfix Chrome memory leak. 

Now when you again look at Chrome’s task manager, there you will not see those extensions running.

3. Enable GPU Acceleration

Another smart way to make chrome faster is by enabling GPU acceleration. GPU in chrome is used only when chrome is displaying GPU-accelerated content. GPU takes less power than CPU.  So,  if you enable GPU or hardware acceleration, chrome may run more effectively. 

First, type ‘chrome://gpu’ on the address bar and hit enter. 

Under the Graphics Feature Status, make sure most of the features are hard accelerated. This way Chrome will use hardware acceleration to execute your processes faster. 

If you don’t find acceleration enabled then you can enable it by going to Menu >> Settings >> Advanced and toggle on the ‘use hardware acceleration when available’ option. 

4. Release the Memory from Idle tab

Earlier you read, installing more extensions makes chrome use more memory. But there are some extensions specially built to manage RAM.

If you are working on many tabs then these extensions will help you to release the memory from the idle tab. In most of the cases you may not use all tabs at the same time, extension will find which tab is idle from a long time and then suspend such tabs to release the memory.

The Great Suspender is the best Chrome extension to suspend processes on all but one tab, instantly reducing how much memory Chrome is consuming.


  • suspend opened tabs by schedule or with a single click to save memory
  • restore tab all at one or only one needed
  • create group of tabs and save it for then using  
  • suspend and restore the selected tab or all at once

5. Stop Chrome from running in the background

Even if you close Chrome, the processes are still running in the background and consuming some memory. You can see how many processes are running in the background in Windows task manager.

To stop Chrome from running in the background, go to Menu >> Settings >> Advanced and turn off the ‘Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed’ option under the system section.

Now open task manager, there you will not see any kind of Google Chrome’s processes running in the background.

6. Delete Google Chrome Junk

If you are using Google Chrome on your PC for a long time without any clean up then it acquires junk and makes you feel that Chrome is responding slow.

To clean up the junk from Google Chrome, first open the ‘Run’ dialog box by pressing ‘Windows Icon + R’ key and then enter ‘%appdata%’. 

Now jump back to AppData folder, and go to Local folder to find the Google folder inside.

Open the Chrome folder >> User Data >> Default. Default folder contains all of your Google Chrome data such as extensions, gmail id/password and history. 

Note: Deleting the Default folder will remove all of your data, so do this at your own risk. 

To rename or delete the folder, first of all kill every Chrome process running in the background using Windows task manager.

After deleting the folder, you’ll see a fresh Chrome running on your PC. 


Remove the unnecessary extensions and disable the extension when not in use. Close the tabs if not needed. Close the Chrome completely to stop chrome from using RAM in the background. All the tricks that we discussed here are very helpful to fix Chrome memory leaks and reduce Chrome memory usage.

Check out our another article on How To Fix Err_Empty_Response Error In Chrome.

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