How To Fix Input Lag And Slow Performance In Google Chrome

Lately, my copy of Chrome has been getting more than a little sluggish. Although pages and the like still load relatively quickly (and without incident), I’ve noticed on several occasions that when I’m typing something, the cursor tends to lag a bit. It’s nothing terribly blatant; just an occasional hiccup in text entry. Generally, it doesn’t even interfere overmuch with my typing (though it has, on occasion, gotten bad enough that I’ve been unable to work). It’s more of an annoyance, really.

It also occurred seemingly at random. It didn’t seem to have any connection whatsoever to the number of tabs I had open, nor did it seem to bear any particular link to what I was doing at the time. It just kind of…happened, sometimes.

Given that neither low memory nor a bad connection was the root of the issue (I’ve 12 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor with high-speed Internet), I was at a bit of a loss. I’d had a few blue-screens in the past, but re-installing Windows seemed to fix that problem. Hardware (and issues in the registry) were obviously out as the cause, then. I regularly scan for viruses, and I practice safe browsing besides, so the cause couldn’t be spyware, adware, or malware.

I was at a loss. I puzzled for some time over how I might go about fixing the problem. After all, speeding up Chrome is the best way to make your browsing experience better, and fixing input lag is a must.

Admittedly, I was becoming a little agitated. My computer should have been more than able to handle anything I threw at it! Why was something so insignificant as Google Chrome causing so many problems? Could the problem, perhaps, be with Chrome itself? Was the browser finally becoming so bloated that it was starting to experience slowdown?

Computer Boredom

Finally, I did what every human being eventually does when confronted with a problem they’re not sure how to solve: I turned to Google. After a quick Google search, it turned out I wasn’t the only one having this issue. Apparently, it was fairly widespread, impacting users of both Chrome and Chromium (an open-source variant of Google Chrome).

Turns out, there are two things that cause this irritating little glitch. One of them is linked to Google Chrome itself, the other is a setting within Windows 7(I’m assuming that’s the OS you’re using). In order to fix the problem, I had to address both of them. I’ll walk you through the process. We’ll start with Chrome, since you’ve already got it open.

Pop open the Settings menu (click the icon in the top right that looks like three horizontal bars, and select ‘settings’ in the dropdown menu. Once you’re there, click on “Show Advanced Settings” towards the bottom of the page. At that point, you’ll be presented with a long list of options. One of those options is titled “predict network actions to improve page load performance.” This is a feature known as DNS Pre-Fetching. While it certainly does improve the load time of pages, it’s also known to cause a bit of intermittent input lag every now and then, in addition to sending Chrome’s memory footprint straight through the roof. You can live without it.

Next, you’re going to want to open up Internet Options in the Control Panel. From there, go to connections and click on LAN settings. One of the options there is “automatically detect settings.”  For some reason, this option tends to cause some crossed wires with Chrome as the default browser.  If the box is checked, un-check it. With any luck, that should be just the ticket to fix things.

Oh, but one thing – if you’ve less than 4 GB of RAM, you’re probably going to have some problems.

21 thoughts on “How To Fix Input Lag And Slow Performance In Google Chrome”

Avatar renan says:
Thank you so much!!! You saved my life and my stomach (was already very angry with the delays)
I don’t know why these people from Google and Microsoft keep making our lives so difficult at every new version of their systems… For a long time already the updates of Skype and Chrome are only making the software worse and buggier… And it’s impossible to turn the updates off.
Avatar Erich Nolan Bertussi says:
no luck here tried all suggested and several (many many aka tonnes more ideas)

core i7 6820 2.7
512 SSD OS drive
64GB DDR4 2133


Avatar Deisbel Diaz says:
The only one valid for me was Uncheck “Settings > Show advanced settings > System > Use hardware acceleration..”
Avatar James T says:
Yep +1 on that. I couldn’t find the prediction setting anywhere. I ended up turning off hardware acceleration and everything is very smooth now.
Avatar Greg K. says:
Thanks for the solution. It worked. Very well written and explained.
Avatar Andy says:
Wow. Thanks alot bro. Fixed my problem!!!
Avatar Loqqy Free says:
Now it’s called ‘Prefetch Resources To Load Pages More Quickly’
Avatar moeburn says:
“One of those options is titled “predict network actions to improve page load performance.””

Nope, not anymore.

Avatar Nodws says:
Avatar Josh says:
The only thing I had to do is uninstall and re install chrome. under control panel and uninstall a program, I noticed that the chrome symbol did not appear right. It was more of an application symbol, rather then the legit chrome symbol. After reinstalling I had no problems at all. I hope this helps. I was ripping my hair out until I found out how easy the problem was for me to fix.
Avatar Paulo Goncalves says:
Thanks! It worked
Avatar William Titus says:
Thank you in advance … I feel confident this is going to help! William
Avatar Ewandro says:
Thank you!!! It did fix the problem!
Avatar Clem says:
Works for me ! Give it a try !
– open Internet Explorer
– go to Tools -> Internet Options
– go to “Connections” tab
– click on “LAN settings” button
– uncheck “Automatically detect settings”
– ok, ok, close IE and give Chrome a new chance !
Avatar Bog says:
I had the same issue but it was related to Microsoft Silverlight. After I’ve unsinstalled it everything went back to normal
Avatar Marc says:
Disabling hardware acceleration worked for me. Disabling “Predict network actions to improve page load performance” had no effect.
Avatar Lorraine says:
Thanks Ryan! Disabling “Predicting network actions to improve page load performance” didn’t work for me either but your suggestion did so thanks!
Avatar Tremble says:
I agree, The disabling of hardware acceleration was the trick. All other suggestions had been tried with no effect. I recommend trying this option as described above.
Avatar Ryan says:
I believe I had the same problem but seems to be fixed, Go to settings in chrome, advanced at bottom, scroll to system towards bottom and uncheck
Use hardware acceleration when available. Hope it works
Avatar sam says:
Thank you, but the problem persists. What should I do?
Avatar Martin says:
I had a simular issue to this recently. However, it turned out to be a hardware acceleration issue. I was able to resolved it by disabling hardware acceleration in the browser settings.

Uncheck this option
Settings > Show advanced settings > System > Use hardware acceleration..

Avatar Johnny says:
This is DEFINITLY the fix in Windows 8. I was having the most horrible lag for months now, couldn’t figure out why.

Thank you for sharing that Martin!

Avatar Toni says:
Thank you, so much Martin! Voila! The URL lag just started, but not for another single day- Many thanks to you, my Google is restored to full chrome shine, and force! Toni
HP Pavillion- Intel (R) Core™ i5s-4210U CPU @ 1.70GHz 2.40 GHz (RAM) 8.00 GB 64 bit Operating System, x64 based processor (HDD) 1 TB
Avatar Toni says:
Thank you, so much Martin! Voila! The URL lag just started, but not for another single day- Many thanks to you, my Google is restored to full chrome shine, and force! Toni
HP Pavillion- Intel (R) Core™ i5s-4210U CPU @ 1.70GHz 2.40 GHz (RAM) 8.00 GB 64 bit Operating System, x64 based processor (HDD) 1 TB

Thanks to YOU, Nick… You started this “string” of knowledge to begin with.

Avatar chris g says:
Rock on, this seems to have fixed my issue too. win7 hexcore intel / 16gb ram.

thank you sir!

Avatar Severin Wanzenried says:
Hi – thanks for your information. I have the same – text inputs are lagging with the last input all the time. Also scrolling actions are lagged – text input is just lagged in time, scrolling actions are lagged until I do a mouse click or another scroll action.
I have followed your steps, nevertheless it didn’t help. Does anyone has the same problems and has a solution to it?
Avatar Ryan says:
Hi Severin, I am having this EXACT same issue. Found any fixes yet?
Avatar Stacey says:
Thank you, the solution you give so far has been the most precise and easy to follow. I just hope that it solves my problem of the mouse lagging when I am trying to type. I usually happens on facebook and messenger the most and I have tried numerous fixes before finally Googling for help. I am having another problem that I can not find an answer for anywhere, when I have Chrome open it is continually resetting the size of my webpage automatically. I did not change any settings and this started about the same time that Chrome really started giving me major problems. I think it is linked somehow but not sure where to turn or look for solutions. Hoping your above solution may fix that as well, again thanks for an easy to understand fix.
Avatar Majed says:
i am suffering from that issue
i will follow your steps
thanks in advance
Nick Greene Nick Greene says:
Glad to be of assistance.
Avatar Tim says:
I followed the instructions above and no improvement. E11 works with no lag.

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