Check the following tutorial and learn how to improve the performance of your Chromebook device and make it run better than before. Note that the tips and tricks posted below should be used only by advanced users, and you shouldn’t change anything in case you aren’t exactly sure what each change does to your Chromebook.
If your Chromebook has started to slow down and run worse than it did a couple of weeks before, then that might be because of installed extensions, applications, or the result of any other change you might have accidentally applied while tinkering with the settings menu.
On Chromebook computers usually the installed extensions are making them slow and lagging when opening more than 20 tabs at once. Each extensions can be disabled one by one – if that doesn’t fix your device, then you will be forced to powerwash your device and restore it to its factory settings.
Uninstall any Chrome extensions you don’t use:
In case your Chrome OS device freezes randomly, or it gets restarted often without you input, then you will need to go look through the Chrome browser extensions and see which one is misbehaving.
First you will have to disable all of them, and make sure to disable all the Chrome applications, too. After that you need to enable each extension and app one by one, in order to see which one’s the culprit.
If the Chromebook device starts to work flawlessly after disabling all apps and extensions, then your problem lies there and the “disable all extensions” step is mandatory in order to fix your computer.
If you find the extension that makes your Chromebook run slower than normal, then feel free to remove it.
You can also choose to run your Chrome browser in Incognito Mode, as that will not load any extension you might’ve installed on your device. In case you have allowed some extensions to run when Incognito Mode is opened, then remove that particular permission and see if you notice any change in performance.
Remove all unnecessary extensions:
If you have a ton of extensions and apps installed on your Chromebook, then start removing them, as we all know you’re not going to use all of them.
Also, you might want to use Click & Clean from Chrome web store here. This small tool will allow you to remove downloads, flash cookies, temporary files and empty the cache, all in under a minute. Before using this app you should check all the data that is trying to delete, so that you won’t remove any sensible files that you might need in the future.
Try and Install The Great Suspender:
This extesion designed by SuspensionLabs is great for older Chromebooks, as it can easily block unused tabs from hogging your device’s memory. Get it from here. Every time your Chromebook’s memory is full, The Great Suspender will kickstart and stop older tabs from using any data after a set amount of time.
Empty HDD space:
The more data you end up saving on your Chromebook HDD/ SSD, the slower it gets. Try and keep an organized HDD and remove all the unnecessary files. Also, feel free to upload all sensible data to Google’s Drive cloud storage, as those files are easy to access from within the Chrome OS Files app – even when these aren’t stored locally.
Final Solution – Powerash/ Factory Reset the device:
If you’ve cleaned the device of all bad extensions, files, and other data that you thought it slowed down your Chromebook performance, then one final solution would be to “powerwash” it.
The Powerwash process, or factory reset, will remove all the data from your device and restore it to its original settings. Make sure to backup all the important files before starting the Powerwash process, as no files will survive this type of data removal.
Here’s how to Powerwash your device:
- launch the Settings menu of your device.
- scroll down and open Advanced settings.
- find Powerwash section.
- Click Powerwash button.
- Click Continue.
– now the Chromebook will apply the removal of all data.
- after the factory reset process is done you will be asked once again to enter a Google Account.
– note that this account will be set as the Owner profile, and that cannot be changed until a new Powerwash process is applied.
These were all the steps that you had to go over in order to learn how to improve your Chromebook’s performance. There is no sure way to improve your device’s performance, which is why you need to be careful what you install and run on your device. Also, remember to keep the Chromebook updated to its latest possible firmware version.