How To Turn Off Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular browser for desktops and laptops today. A lot of people prefer using this browser due to its speed, security, and numerous features. One such feature that can be useful is hardware acceleration. This feature allows the processor to offload certain page rendering tasks to the graphics card. Sometimes having this feature activated can cause issues. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome.

Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome

Although hardware acceleration is designed to improve the performance of Chrome there are instances when it can slow down your browsing experience. This usually happens if you have the setting enabled and your computer has a weak or older generation graphics card. Here’s how to turn off this feature.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Turn off hardware acceleration

  1. Open Google Chrome.

    You can click on its icon from the Start menu list of applications. Turn Off Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

  2. Click on Menu.

    This is the three vertical dots on the upper right side of the browser.google chrome menu

  3. Click on Settings.

    This will open a new Settings window.Google Chrome Settings

  4. Click on Advanced.

    You can find this on the left pane.Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome

  5. Click on System.

    This can be found on the left pane under the Advanced option.Google Chrome System

  6. Turn off the switch for “use hardware acceleration when available”.

    This will turn off hardware acceleration.turn off HA

  7. Click the relaunch button.

    This will save the changes that you made.relaunch Chrome

Turn on Hardware Acceleration

If you want to turn on this feature then here’s how to do it.

  • Open Google Chrome.
  • Click on Menu. 
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on Advanced.
  • Click on System.
  • Turn on the switch for “use hardware acceleration when available”.
  • Click the relaunch button.

After performing the steps listed above you will successfully turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome.

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