Chromebooks are famous for being fast and easy to use, thanks to their operating system called Chrome OS. However, like any computer, Chromebooks can slow down for different reasons. Having too many open tabs, using outdated software, or having too many unnecessary extensions can affect your Chromebook’s performance.
In this article, we have discussed various ways to help you tune up your Chromebook to boost its performance.
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Make your Chromebook faster
Here are a few ways to help you make your Chromebook faster.
Clear browser cache
Just like any other web browser, Chrome on your Chromebook accumulates temporary data over time. This data, including cache and cookies, can slow down your browsing experience. Clearing the browser cache is an effective way to help you boost the performance of your Chromebook. Go to Chrome > Menu > More tools > Clear Browsing data.
Uninstall unnecessary extensions and apps
Apps that you don’t use can make your Chromebook slow down. Sometimes, they keep running in the background, using up your internet and making web pages take longer to load.
To remove the unwanted apps, open a new browser window and go to chrome:extensions. Take a good look at the list and delete any extensions or apps that you don’t need. If you’re not sure about some apps, you can disable them. This means they’re still on your Chromebook, but they’re not active. You can delete them anytime.
To uninstall the apps you downloaded from the Google Play Store, go to the app store right-click on the app and click on Uninstall.
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Update your Chromebook
Keeping your Chromebook’s operating system up to date is crucial for performance and security improvements. To update your Chromebook, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click on the Clock on the Chromebook shelf, and then in the notification menu, click on the Settings icon.
In the settings, click on the About ChromeOS available at the bottom of the sidebar, then on the right side click on the Check for updates button.
The Chromebook will check for updates, and if any updates are available, it will install them automatically.
Delete unwanted files from the Chromebook and sync your download folder to the cloud
Every few months, take some time to delete files on your Chromebook that you don’t need anymore. This will help keep your stuff tidy and organised.
Because Chromebooks don’t have much space for storing files, connecting your Downloads folder to your Google Drive is a good idea. Once you do that, anything you download will be saved in the cloud instead of occupying your Chromebook space. To sync the downloads folder, follow the steps below.
Step 1: On the browser, go to chrome:settings, click on the Downloads available in the sidebar and then right side click on Change beside the Location option.
Step 2: Click on Google Drive to expand it and then choose a folder for downloads or create a new one.
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