How to Purge Memory in Google Chrome

Let’s face it: Google Chrome can be a huge consumer of computer memory! I am sure not many of us know this, but it’s a fact that has managed to surface of late. There is no doubt that Chrome is an efficient browser when it comes to productivity, but the same efficiency goes for a toss when it is the matter of memory management.However, there is a solution for this problem!

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The Dire Need To Purge Memory

When you open your Chrome browser, you must have noticed that many times, several tabs get opened from the last session, which means multiple tabs running at a time while browsing. Even if this is not happening, you yourself will end up opening too many tabs while researching or browsing a lot.

Further, when you start your browser, several extensions that you have added begin to consume the memory irrespective of whether you are using them or not. So, the problem arises when 20+ tabs are kept open for too long or when too many extensions are installed for your work, which you cannot uninstall. This can decelerate the speed of your browser to make it sluggish. However, today’s browsers are such that they can efficiently manage this problem. So, why not Chrome?

I have read online that Chrome seriously has some grave issue when it comes to memory control. Again keep in mind, this problem creeps when the tab limit exceeds just like in Firefox or when several extensions run together. In short, the conclusion is that the more time you spend on your browser, the more memory your browser will eat. And on top of this, just imagine the situation if you have a slow Internet connection. This might just make you yell and restart the browser that is a time-consuming option to be followed every now and then.

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See How Much Memory Is Being Eaten Up Before Purging

Just like the Windows Task Manager, Chrome has a handy, built-in Task Manager that you can access via Wrench --> Tools or through the shortcut key, Shift + Esc. When you open it, you will see that several extensions are consuming a whooping amount of memory.

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Controlling Memory Usage From Chrome’s Task Manager

It is quite easy for you to control memory from the Task Manager by selecting a page/process and clicking the End process button. This is a good way of saving memory without restarting or crashing the browser. Moreover, it is useful for ending an unresponsive process that consumes a lot of memory. However, the latest Chromium version has given you an easier and quicker option, Purge memory.

Purging Memory In The Latest Chromium Build

To enable purging in the latest version of Chrome, you need to open its Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab, and add–purge-memory-button preceded by single space at the end of the path in the Target field. That’s it! You can now see the Purge memory button at the bottom of the Task Manager before the End process button.

adding purge memory button

Now, just click this button and you will see a drastic reduction in the amount of memory being consumed for each page/process.

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So now, you no longer have to select each process and click End process! Isn’t that cool? Kindly share your experiences with us in comments.