Chrome is the most used and fast browser on the internet. There may be instances when Chrome slows down due to bugs or issues. You can find out if it is your browser or the internet that slows down your downloads by reading this article.
If your downloads are slower than usual, the 12 solutions we have covered can help speed them up.
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It is important to confirm that you are not experiencing slow download speeds due to slow internet connections. You can confirm this by downloading the same files from another browser or on another computer connected to the internet.
Chrome browser may be the problem if your download speed is similar to other laptops and other browsers. To fix slow Chrome download speed issues, please follow these steps.
1. Close Unused Tabs when downloading files
Each tab in your browser takes up some resources. Chrome is limited in its resources because there are many tabs open at once. You also have to download files. The download process can be slowed down if there are not enough RAM resources.
Chrome offers a Task Manager, which allows you to identify the processes that use the most network resource on your browser.
To open Chrome Task Manager, click on the three vertical horizontal dots and navigate to More resources > Task manager.
To find the processes that are using the most network resources, click the Network and arrange the columns in ascending orders. Click the End task button in the lower-right corner to close any task in Task Manager.
Close any processes that are consuming the most resources in order to determine if they make a difference with Chrome’s download speed.
Open tabs not only use RAM but also put a strain on the internet. Open tabs make the internet slower and files take longer time to download. Close all tabs except the ones you don’t use to download files.
2. Other applications that are close to the same running in parallel
Chrome downloads files in parallel. Every application running on the same internet link as Chrome consumes bandwidth.
It is important to close all apps that use bandwidth and slow down Chrome so it can download files faster.
Windows Task Manager opens. Click Additional details at the lower-left corner. Next, click network to sort applications that use network resources in ascending order. After you have sorted all the applications, right-click on them and choose Finish Task.
For Mac users, this article will explain how to open the Task Manager for a Mac. Chrome will benefit from more resources by closing bandwidth-hogging tasks, resulting in a faster download speed.
3. Turn off any VPN that you are using
A VPN is better for internet surfing. The VPN server will be further away than you so the data packet takes longer to travel from your location to the servers. This will reduce Chrome’s browsing speed and slow down download speeds.
If the VPN connection is causing slow download speeds, you can remove it. You will be able to see your IP address.
4. Chrome: Update your Version
Chrome updates are a great way to fix bugs and increase its performance. Chrome that isn’t up-to-date may cause slowdowns in download speeds.
Follow these steps to check if Chrome is up-to-date.
- In the upper-right corner, click the three dots.
- Go to Help > About Google Chrome.
Chrome will show the message “Google Chrome has been updated”. You can update Chrome or download the file again. You can disable auto-updates in order to prevent the same problem from happening again.
5. Disconnect Other Devices from the Same Internet Connection
Chrome’s browsing and download speeds can be hampered if you have too many connections to one internet connection. When downloading files using Chrome’s shared internet connection, ask other Chrome users to disconnect until the download is complete.
You can speed up download speeds by disconnecting devices you have connected to the same Internet connection. The signal strength can be improved by moving the laptop near the router.
6. You can enable parallel downloading
Parallel downloading is a method of downloading multiple files simultaneously. Multiple connections to download a file lowers the load on servers and speed up the process. Once the files have been downloaded, Chrome will automatically combine these small packets to create the final download file.
Follow these steps to enable parallel downloads in Chrome
- Create a new tab.
- You can find the chrome flags area.
- Find out more about parallel downloading.
- Choose from the dropdown.
- Relaunch The browser once.
This feature can be disabled if it slows down download speeds.
7. Clearing Browsing data
If temporary files accumulate in the browser, it can cause problems with the data downloading process. Clearing browser cookies can help speed up the process.
- Enter CTRL +.
- Click on Clear browsing Data.
- You can choose all options, even the cache and cookies.
- Tap on Clear data.
You will need to perform this action in order to delete all saved usernames, passwords and other information. If you want to keep it intact you can create another account in the same Chrome browser, with no cache data and saved cookies.
8. Flush DNS Cache
Malware attacks, technical problems, or other issues, can corrupt the DNS cache and allow unauthorized IP addresses to get in. It can not only compromise your security but also slow down your web browser.
Clearing your DNS cache removes all DNS records and IP addresses from the network. Flushing the DNS cache is therefore necessary.
You can flush your DNS cache from Windows by following the steps below.
- Open the Windows Command Prompt App.
- Type “ipconfig /flushdns” Click here to hit Enter.