Google Chrome is among the fastest browsers available today. However, in terms of downloading files, there is nothing special with Chrome. It has the basic functions and relatively standard download speed.
Luckily, there are some quick hacks that could accelerate the download process significantly.
By applying the following tips, I was able to increase Chrome’s download speed to 35% faster!
So, what are these tips?
- 1 #1 Enable the parallel downloading feature in Chrome
- 2 #2 Remove or disable unused extensions
- 3 #3 Close any web page to prevent them from stealing your bandwidth
- 4 #4 Leave Chrome alone when downloading
- 5 #5 Make sure there is no virus or malware lurking inside Google Chrome
- 6 #6 Always use the latest version of the browser
- 7 #7 An extension called Online Download Manager could increase download speed
#1 Enable the parallel downloading feature in Chrome
If you never heard this feature, that is okay. The parallel downloading in Chrome is an experimental feature thus not readily available on release.
Essentially, the parallel downloading could increase the download speed to around 33% according to KeyCDN.
Here is how to enable the parallel downloading feature in Chrome.
1. Go to chrome://flags/
2. Search for “parallel downloading” on a search bar.
3. On the Parallel downloading section, select Enabled.
4. Relaunch Google Chrome to take the effect.
After this, you should notice an improvement over the download speed. However, since the feature itself still experimental, it probably would crash with other settings or extensions.
If that was the case, please revert the parallel downloading to the Default setting.
#2 Remove or disable unused extensions
Some extensions are consuming your data bandwidth during its activity in the Chrome background. If the extensions are no longer in use, you can either remove or disable them for good. Just go to chrome://extensions/ page, and select which extension you want to remove.
However, if you probably will need the extension in the future, you can just disable it temporarily. This action will put the extension into sleep mode but always ready whenever you need it.
It is known that having fewer extensions could make Chrome consume less memory and faster in performance.
#3 Close any web page to prevent them from stealing your bandwidth
Modern websites have a lot of resources and it may steal internet bandwidth even though the loading process has finished.
By eliminating tabs, you can save bandwidth and helps Chrome focusing its network performance for downloading files. I have made a guide on how to find which Chrome tabs are slowing down your PC the most.
If there are some important web pages you don’t want to miss, try to use an extension named OneTab. This extension will store the URL from all tabs.
#4 Leave Chrome alone when downloading
While this is not mandatory, it is always good to leave Chrome alone during the download process, particularly when downloading a big file. That way, the computer can concentrate its processing power just for Chrome.
There are some positive activities you can do when waiting, such as defragging HDD, scanning for viruses, or finish your document. These things generally do not use internet bandwidth, so it is safe to go.
#5 Make sure there is no virus or malware lurking inside Google Chrome
Malware commonly uses an internet connection to download unwanted programs or transferring your precious data to the hacker.
Not only dangerous, but it can also interrupt the download process. Luckily, Chrome has a built-in antivirus program that you can use to scan malware inside your computer.
Go to chrome://settings/cleanup and click the Find button to start the scanning process. If the malware was detected, Chrome will show you a report and you can delete it after.
#6 Always use the latest version of the browser
There is no doubt that the higher version of browsers usually comes with more features, better stability, and improved performance.
Therefore, make sure you are using the latest iteration of Google Chrome. You can check for the update via this address chrome://settings/help
You may have to restart Chrome once the update has installed.
#7 An extension called Online Download Manager could increase download speed
By using the Online Download Manager extension, I was able to accelerate the download speed around 35%.
This extension will alter the default download feature on Chrome and use its own multi-threaded process. This would improve speed dramatically while not sacrificing processing power.
The extension itself comes with several useful features, including automatic detection, various file format support, and regularly updated by its developer.
Alright, that’s how you can improve Chrome download speed without using additional software on your computer.
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