How to Fix Google Chrome High CPU Usage on Windows 10

Google Chrome is the most popular and widely used browser nowadays. Aside from being a user-friendly browser, users also prefers to use Google Chrome for its loading speed. Although Google Chrome is a solid browser there are instances where issues can occur such as Google Chrome uses high CPU usage as can be seen on Task Manager. In here, we will talk about the recommended solutions that you can try to fix Google Chrome High CPU Usage on Windows 10.

What to do if you experience Google Chrome High CPU usage

There are several factors that can cause High CPU usage on Google Chrome such as issues with Administrative access, unnecessary extensions, outdated browser to Hardware acceleration issues. Listed below are the troubleshooting solutions that you can do to fix High CPU usage on Google Chrome.

But before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

Solution 1: End Task Google Chrome

If there are more tabs open and running at the same time on Google Chrome browser, it can consume too much memory causing high CPU usage. The very first thing that you need to do to fix this problem is to end task Google Chrome found on Task Manager.

To do this:

  1. Right click on Start or Windows key located at the lower left. (Alternate: Press CTRL + Shift + Esc)

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  2. Choose Task Manager to open Task Manager window.

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  3. At Task Manager window, click More Details

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  4. Stay on the Processes tab

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  5. Under Apps, Right click on google chrome and then click End task from the drop down menu.

    Alternatively, you can click on End task tab located at the lower right.
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Launch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

Solution 2: Run Google Chrome as Administrator

There are instances when there is a lack of Administrative access can cause issues with the browser. To fix this, you may need to run Google chrome as an administrator when browsing. This is the most easiest and proven to have fixed this issue.

To do this:

  1. Right click on Google Chrome shortcut icon located at your desktop.
  2. Click Properties from the drop down menu.
  3. At Properties window, click Compatibility tab.
  4. At Compatibility section under Settings, click to check the option Run this program as an administrator.
  5. Click Apply to apply changes made.
  6. Click OK to exit.

Launch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

Solution 3: Disable Unnecessary Chrome Extensions

There’s a possibility that High CPU usage on Google Chrome occurs because of unnecessary extensions installed. There are Chrome extensions that can cause this problems to occur. To fix this, try to disable chrome extensions one by one to check if this is the culprit.

To do this:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the three vertical dots located at the upper right corner.
  3. Click More Tools from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Extensions at the drop down menu. A list of extensions will appear, make sure to disable all enabled extensions one by one by ticking the slider.
  5. Close Chrome.

Relaunch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

Solution 4: Clear Browsing cache

Browsing cache is a location where data’s are stored from previous website browsing for faster browsing and searching experience.. If there is more than enough data stored on cache, it can slow down browsing, preventing you from visiting websites and can sometimes cause Google Chrome High CPU Usage. To fix this, you may need to clear browsing cache.

To do this:

  1. Open Google chrome
  2. Click on the 3 vertical dots located at the upper right.
  3. Click More tools from the drop down menu.
  4. Click Clear browsing data from the drop down menu, a new window opens.
  5. At new window, you can choose the Time range from when computer started to experience the error. Or you can choose ALL time option.
  6. Make sure all options below time range are checked
  7. Click clear data to start clearing browser cache. wait for it to complete.
  8. Exit Google Chrome
  9. Restart computer

Once computer completely reboots, relaunch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

Solution 5: Disable Hardware Acceleration

Although hardware acceleration can lower the workload on the computer’s processor, there are instances when a glitch in the system can cause High CPU usage on Google Chrome occurs. Try to disable Hardware acceleration on Google Chrome and then check if the problem will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the three vertical dots located at the upper right corner
  3. Click Settings from the drop down menu.
  4. Scroll down and click Advanced settings located at the lowest part
  5. Click System at left pane.
  6. At right pane under System, toggle OFF the option “Use hardware acceleration when available” if it is enabled. If it is already disabled, leave it as is

Relaunch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

Solution 6: Update Google Chrome

An outdated versions of the browser can also be the cause why the browser is causing High CPU usage. Make sure to regularly check for the latest updates for the browser and install them if there are any.

To do this:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on three vertical dots located at the upper right corner. Alternatively, at the address bar of Google chrome browser, type the following and press Enter “chrome://help”. This step also updates the chrome browser automatically.
  3. Choose Help from the drop down menu.
  4. Choose About Google Chrome from the drop down menu.
    At new Window, Google Chrome will automatically check for updates.
  5. After Google chrome finished checking for update and is up to date, Close the browser.

Relaunch Google Chrome again and then check on Task Manager if High CPU usage on Google Chrome still occurs.

After performing the solutions listed above you will successfully fix Google Chrome High CPU Usage on Windows 10. For more troubleshooting videos visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel

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