How to Fix Input Lag and Slow Performance in Google Chrome

For many, Chrome can get more than a little sluggish at times. Although the pages might still load relatively quickly, and without incident, your cursor might not appear where it should on the screen, or text will appear to be entered slower than typed. This has plagued Chrome users for some time now.

How to Fix Input Lag and Slow Performance in Google Chrome

Whether you’re suffering from improper browser and OS settings, bloated apps and extensions hogging resources, or in need of a fresh install of Chrome, the solution is only a few clicks away. After all, speeding up Chrome is the best way to make your browsing experience better, and fixing input lag is a must.

Fixing Input Lag and Slow Chrome Performance on Windows 10/11

Before we go over adjusting browser settings and reinstalling Chrome, let’s cover some of the basic troubleshooting tips.

  • Close open tabs and other programs running that aren’t in use.
  • Disable extensions that you aren’t using, you might even need to delete them.
  • Clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Type Ctrl + Shift + Del and click Clear data. Chrome history deletion

Turn off Chrome Hardware Acceleration

Even though it’s designed to enhance browser performance, issues can arise when using hardware acceleration.

  1. Open up Chrome, click on the menu, and then select Settings. Chrome menu
  2. Next, click on Advanced > System to open up a new window. Chrome System Menu
  3. Now, click the toggle switch to Off for Use hardware acceleration when available. Chrome System Settings

Check for Updates

You might be experiencing slow performance issues with Chrome because it needs to be updated.

  1. Within Chrome, go to Settings window and click on Advanced > Reset and clean up.
  2. Then, click on Restore settings to their original defaults. Chrome Advanced Settings - Reset and clean up
  3. Confirm your decision by clicking the Reset settings button in the pop-up window. Chrome Advanced Settings - Reset settings window

When it’s finished, your browser will be up to date.

Reinstall Chrome

If none of the above suggestions worked then you might want to reinstall chrome.

  1. Click on the Start menu or Search bar, type “add or remove programs“, and click on it or hit Enter. Search bar
  2. Now, scroll down and locate Chrome, click on it and then select Uninstall. Chrome Uninstall
  3. Then, reinstall the most recent version of it.

Fixing Input Lag and Slow Chrome Performance on Windows 7

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Turns out, there are two things that cause this irritating little glitch. One of them is linked to Google Chrome itself, the other is a setting within Windows 7. In order to fix the problem, we’ll address both of them. We’ll start with Chrome, since you’ve already got it open.

  1. Pop open the Settings menu (click the icon in the top right that looks like three horizontal bars, and select settings in the dropdown menu.
  2. Once you’re there, click on Show Advanced Settings towards the bottom of the page.
  3. At that point, you’ll be presented with a long list of options. One of those options is titled prefetch resources to load pages more quickly . This is a feature known as DNS Pre-Fetching. While it certainly does improve the load time of pages, it’s also known to cause a bit of intermittent input lag every now and then, in addition to sending Chrome’s memory footprint straight through the roof. You can live without it.
  4. Next, you’re going to want to open up Internet Options in the Control Panel.
  5. From there, go to connections and click on LAN settings.
  6. One of the options there is automatically detect settings. For some reason, this option tends to cause some crossed wires with Chrome as the default browser.  If the box is checked, un-check it. With any luck, that should be just the ticket to fix things.

Fixing Chrome Performance and Lag on a Mac

There are many reasons why Chrome might have poor performance on your Mac, we’ll cover some of the more likely culprits, starting with the basics.

  • Close running programs and tabs that aren’t in use.
  • Clear Chrome’s cache and cookies.
  • Disable browser extensions and refresh the page.

Turn off Chrome Hardware Acceleration

As mentioned in the Windows 10 section, you can disable Chrome hardware acceleration to improve its performance. Given Chrome’s similarity across devices, you can follow the directions above to accomplish the task.

Check for Updates

Although updates are supposed to be automatic, things happen.

  1. Within Chrome, click on More (three vertical dots) > Settings > Advanced.
  2. Then, select Reset settings.
  3. Choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
  4. When prompted to confirm, select Reset settings.

Fixing Chrome Browser Lag

There are several things that can cause poor Chrome performance and input lag. Regardless of your issue, a solution exists. Start with the simplest and least permanent solutions, such as closing unused open tabs and disabling unused extensions before you resort to reinstalling chrome.

Were you able to solve the problem? Do you know of another way to improve input lag and performance on Chrome? Share your thoughts with the community below.

25 thoughts on “How to Fix Input Lag and Slow Performance in Google Chrome”

JohnIL says:
Browsers today use a lot of resources, I don’t know that any of them are that lean with RAM and certainly eat up a lot of it when opening a lot of tabs. Sure they all have begun to reel in some of this. But they still take up a lot of RAM these days. All of my PC’s have 16 Gb RAM and SSD drives.
renan says:
Thank you so much!!! You saved my life and my stomach (was already very angry with the delays)
I don’t know why these people from Google and Microsoft keep making our lives so difficult at every new version of their systems… For a long time already the updates of Skype and Chrome are only making the software worse and buggier… And it’s impossible to turn the updates off.
Erich Nolan Bertussi says:
no luck here tried all suggested and several (many many aka tonnes more ideas)

core i7 6820 2.7
512 SSD OS drive
64GB DDR4 2133


Deisbel Diaz says:
The only one valid for me was Uncheck “Settings > Show advanced settings > System > Use hardware acceleration..”
James T says:
Yep +1 on that. I couldn’t find the prediction setting anywhere. I ended up turning off hardware acceleration and everything is very smooth now.
Greg K. says:
Thanks for the solution. It worked. Very well written and explained.
Andy says:
Wow. Thanks alot bro. Fixed my problem!!!
Loqqy Free says:
Now it’s called ‘Prefetch Resources To Load Pages More Quickly’
moeburn says:
“One of those options is titled “predict network actions to improve page load performance.””

Nope, not anymore.

Nodws says:
Josh says:
The only thing I had to do is uninstall and re install chrome. under control panel and uninstall a program, I noticed that the chrome symbol did not appear right. It was more of an application symbol, rather then the legit chrome symbol. After reinstalling I had no problems at all. I hope this helps. I was ripping my hair out until I found out how easy the problem was for me to fix.
Paulo Goncalves says:
Thanks! It worked
William Titus says:
Thank you in advance … I feel confident this is going to help! William
Ewandro says:
Thank you!!! It did fix the problem!
Clem says:
Works for me ! Give it a try !
– open Internet Explorer
– go to Tools -> Internet Options
– go to “Connections” tab
– click on “LAN settings” button
– uncheck “Automatically detect settings”
– ok, ok, close IE and give Chrome a new chance !
Bog says:
I had the same issue but it was related to Microsoft Silverlight. After I’ve unsinstalled it everything went back to normal
Marc says:
Disabling hardware acceleration worked for me. Disabling “Predict network actions to improve page load performance” had no effect.
Lorraine says:
Thanks Ryan! Disabling “Predicting network actions to improve page load performance” didn’t work for me either but your suggestion did so thanks!
Tremble says:
I agree, The disabling of hardware acceleration was the trick. All other suggestions had been tried with no effect. I recommend trying this option as described above.
Ryan says:
I believe I had the same problem but seems to be fixed, Go to settings in chrome, advanced at bottom, scroll to system towards bottom and uncheck
Use hardware acceleration when available. Hope it works
sam says:
Thank you, but the problem persists. What should I do?
Martin says:
I had a simular issue to this recently. However, it turned out to be a hardware acceleration issue. I was able to resolved it by disabling hardware acceleration in the browser settings.

Uncheck this option
Settings > Show advanced settings > System > Use hardware acceleration..

Johnny says:
This is DEFINITLY the fix in Windows 8. I was having the most horrible lag for months now, couldn’t figure out why.

Thank you for sharing that Martin!

Toni says:
Thank you, so much Martin! Voila! The URL lag just started, but not for another single day- Many thanks to you, my Google is restored to full chrome shine, and force! Toni
HP Pavillion- Intel (R) Core™ i5s-4210U CPU @ 1.70GHz 2.40 GHz (RAM) 8.00 GB 64 bit Operating System, x64 based processor (HDD) 1 TB
Toni says:
Thank you, so much Martin! Voila! The URL lag just started, but not for another single day- Many thanks to you, my Google is restored to full chrome shine, and force! Toni
HP Pavillion- Intel (R) Core™ i5s-4210U CPU @ 1.70GHz 2.40 GHz (RAM) 8.00 GB 64 bit Operating System, x64 based processor (HDD) 1 TB

Thanks to YOU, Nick… You started this “string” of knowledge to begin with.

chris g says:
Rock on, this seems to have fixed my issue too. win7 hexcore intel / 16gb ram.

thank you sir!

Severin Wanzenried says:
Hi – thanks for your information. I have the same – text inputs are lagging with the last input all the time. Also scrolling actions are lagged – text input is just lagged in time, scrolling actions are lagged until I do a mouse click or another scroll action.
I have followed your steps, nevertheless it didn’t help. Does anyone has the same problems and has a solution to it?
Ryan says:
Hi Severin, I am having this EXACT same issue. Found any fixes yet?
Stacey says:
Thank you, the solution you give so far has been the most precise and easy to follow. I just hope that it solves my problem of the mouse lagging when I am trying to type. I usually happens on facebook and messenger the most and I have tried numerous fixes before finally Googling for help. I am having another problem that I can not find an answer for anywhere, when I have Chrome open it is continually resetting the size of my webpage automatically. I did not change any settings and this started about the same time that Chrome really started giving me major problems. I think it is linked somehow but not sure where to turn or look for solutions. Hoping your above solution may fix that as well, again thanks for an easy to understand fix.
Majed says:
i am suffering from that issue
i will follow your steps
thanks in advance
Nick Greene says:
Glad to be of assistance.
Tim says:
I followed the instructions above and no improvement. E11 works with no lag.

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