How To Fix Google Chrome Ran Out Of Memory Error

Google Chrome is the most popular browser being used today which is available in various platforms. It is preferred by a lot of people for its speed and minimalistic design. Although this is quite a solid and stable browser there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Google Chrome ran out of memory error.

How To Fix Google Chrome Ran Out Of Memory Error

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.

There are several factors that can cause this particular error message to occur. You might be opening a lot of browser tabs while having a low RAM on your computer. It could also be caused by certain glitches in the browser itself. If your computer has sufficient RAM ( 4GB and above) and you are experiencing this problem then the troubleshooting steps listed below will help.

Update to the 64 bit version of Chrome

The 64 bit version of Chrome is better at managing your computer memory resource which is why the first thing you need to do is to use this version.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Type chrome://chrome in the address bar and press Enter
  • Select the About section (if it isn’t already selected)
  • Check whether there’s 64-bit written after your Google Chrome version
  • If there is no 64-bit written or if there’s 32-bit written after your version number then that means you don’t have the 64-bit version of Google Chrome.
  • Download Chrome from here  and install it

Check if the Google Chrome ran out of memory error still occurs.

End Google Chrome Task

Sometimes this problem can be fixed by simply refreshing Chrome. To do this you will need to end its task from the Task Manager.

  • Press and hold CTRL, ALT and DELETE key simultaneously (CTRL + ALT + DELETE)
  • Select Task Manager
  • Locate Google Chrome from in the task manager.
  • Select Google Chrome
  • Select End Task

Open Chrome then check if the  Google Chrome ran out of memory error still occurs.

Clear the cache of the browser

Chrome will usually store the temporary data to help speed up its operation. There are times when this data can get corrupted which can lead to this problem. To fix this you will have to clear its cache.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Press CTRL, SHIFT and DELETE keys simultaneously (CTRL + SHIFT + DELETE)
  • Check the option that says Cached images and files
  • Select Past hour or Past day from the drop down menu. You can select any option depending on when the problem started happening
  • Click Clear browsing data

Check if the Google Chrome ran out of memory error still occurs.

Disable Chrome extensions

There’s a possibility that the problem is caused by an extension you installed in this browser. To check if this is what’s causing the problem you will need to disable the extensions.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Type chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Enter
  • You will be able to see the list of all the extensions installed on your browser
  • Uncheck the box that says Enabled for all the extensions.

In case the issue does not occur anymore then the problem is most likely caused by an extension. To find out the culprit just enable the extension one at a time until the problem occurs again. The last extension you enabled is most likely what is causing the problem.

Create a new user profile

  • Hold Windows key and press R
  • Type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ and press Enter.
  • Locate the Default folder
  • Right click the Default folder and select Rename
  • Rename it to Old Default and press Enter
  • Restart Chrome.

Check if the Google Chrome ran out of memory error still occurs.