Disable Page Prediction on Chrome to Save Bandwidth (Android & PC)

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome

When you typing www.facebook.com on the address bar of Google Chrome, the page actually has been loaded in the background even though you did not press the Enter button yet.

It’s called a Page Prediction — a feature to make the page load faster that could potentially enhance user experience.

But, there’s a catch. This feature may waste your internet bandwidth for the page you did not visit.

For example, when you typing “www.google.com” but then continue to “www.google.com/maps” the Chrome has been load the www.google.com page although you actually wanted to go to the www.google.com/maps.

Because of that reason, you might be interested to disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome.

The following guides are for Google Chrome desktop and Android.

#1 Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome PC

Short guide:

  1. Open the Google Chrome, click the three-vertical dots icon, and select Settings
  2. Scroll down the page, click Advanced
  3. Disable the Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly

Complete guide:

1. Run Google Chrome browser, click the three-vertical dots icon and then click Settings.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome

2. Scroll down until reach the bottom section, click Advanced.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome

3. On the Privacy and security section, disable the Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome

That’s it!

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Now your Chrome will not load page unless you press Enter.

#2 Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome Android

Short guide:

  1. Open Google Chrome on Android, tap three-vertical dots icon, and select Settings
  2. Tap Privacy menu
  3. Remove the checklist of Use page predictions option

Complete guide:

1. Launch Google Chrome on your mobile Android device, tap three-vertical dots icon, and select Settings.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome Android

2. On the Advanced section, tap the Privacy menu.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome Android

3. Disable the Use page predictions option.

How to Disable Page Prediction on Google Chrome Android

Now your Chrome will not load the corresponding page unless you press Enter.

The pros and cons of Page Predictions

There’s no doubt that Page Predictions brings page quicker. But the predictions did not always accurate. As I mentioned before, it loads any URL that being typed on the address bar.

When you type “www.facebook.com” then replace it with “www.twitter.com”, the Chrome has already requested for both pages despite you eventually only visit one of them.

If you using an unlimited data plan, the Page Predictions might be better to remain unchanged. But for a user that has an intention to save more bandwidth, it seems to be wise to disable it.

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