How To Turn On Hardware Acceleration In Chrome

Google Chrome comes with an inbuilt feature called hardware acceleration which utilizes the GPU of your PC to play high-resolution videos and other graphics tasks while browsing. It is enabled out of the box, however, you can check and enable it if it’s not. So, in this article, I am going to explain to you what hardware acceleration is and how you can enable it. So, let’s begin.

What Is Hardware Acceleration?

In Chrome, hardware acceleration means getting the GPU to do the graphics-intensive tasks, creating less pressure on the CPU for the work. This is good because if you have a weak CPU, it may not be able to work efficiently. 

Making the GPU do the work makes things easier for the CPU. It is essential in tasks like browser-based games, high-resolution videos, etc. This helps when you’re experiencing lagging or slow loading speed. 

How To Turn On Hardware Acceleration In Chrome

The process is quite easy to turn on the hardware acceleration. Here are the steps you need to follow – 

hardware accelaration in chrome windows
  1. Launch Chrome and click on the menu option (the three dots)
  2. Go to Settings > Advanced > System.
  3. Turn on the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option. 
  4. Relaunch your Chrome browser. 

And it’s done. You have enabled hardware acceleration. However, if you’re still not sure, you can also cross-check using another method.

How To Check If Hardware Acceleration Is Enabled

Not sure if hardware acceleration is really enabled? Here’s how you can check it.

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  1. On the URL bar of Chrome, paste the following URL chrome://gpu/
  2. Under Graphics Feature Status you will see most of the items as ‘Hardware Accelerated’
  3. If it says ‘Hardware Acceleration Disabled’ then it’s not turned ON. 

FAQs

Should you turn on hardware acceleration Chrome?

I recommend turning it on since it makes things easier for the CPU to handle. However, you can disable it if it’s causing any issues. Also turning it on can use more battery so that may be a concern for the laptop users. 

Does Chrome use a lot of CPU?

Yes. Chrome can use a lot of CPU, especially during graphics-intensive tasks. You can ease that up by turning on hardware acceleration. 

Does hardware acceleration make Chrome faster?

Yes. Since it makes things easier for the CPU, you can notice that Chrome will be a little faster than before. 

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Satish Shah

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