Monitor and Control Google Chrome Memory Usage

Are you running Chrome on a computer with limited resources? Although the probability of working on a PC with limited resources is quite less, yet there are full chances of it at home where the old stock is not yet out.

If this is the case, you might probably need to know about the Google Chrome memory usage, especially when you are using its several installed extensions.

monitor google chrome memory

Knowing how much memory Chrome and its extensions are using at a particular point of time will aid you in controlling the Google Chrome memory usage so that your PC doesn’t crash or hang. Do you know that you can monitor and control the Google Chrome Memory usage in just a few clicks? No, No! I am not talking about an extension for this purpose, as there is none. So, how do you control the Google Chrome memory usage? Well, here’s how to do so.

There’s A Chrome Task Manager

Yes, you have heard it right! Just like there is a Task Manager in Windows, you have a built-in Task Manager in Google Chrome. To access the Chrome’s Task Manager, click the Wrench icon on the toolbar and select Tools --> Task manager. While doing so, notice the shortcut key as Shift + Esc (for the keyboard ninjas). Alternatively, you can right-click an empty area on the Tab bar and select the Task manager option.

task manager in google chrome

No matter which way you go, you will finally see a small Task Manager window that shows the statistics of your Chrome browser. The window mostly lists all the tabs, extensions, and plug-ins as Pages along with the memory, CPU, and network usages.

google chrome task manager

You will see that all your opened tabs and working extensions are consuming memory much more than expected despite the fact that a few of them are not active or available. This is something that no user would like to have irrespective of whether the resources are limited or not.

Want to see more statistical details? Well, then just right-click in the window and you will a list of columns that you can add to get more details.

task manager more options

A few of these columns are Shared Memory, Private Memory, Process ID, Script cache, and JavaScript memory.

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There’s Also A About Memory Page

If you want to see the stats in detail, either click Stats for nerds in the Task Manager window’s left corner or enter about:memory in the Address bar. This will open the About memory page. Revealing the four distinct memory stats, this page also shows the exact version of Chrome running on your system.

about memory page in google chrome

The best part of this page is that you can not only view the memory & virtual memory statistics of Chrome, but can also view the statistics of other browsers running simultaneously.

Controlling Google Chrome Memory Usage

One way to control Google Chrome memory usage is to purge it. It is always wise to purge the additional memory in consumption. However, this is possible only in the Dev channel build. If you have this version of Chrome, right-click the Google shortcut, select Properties, and add-purge-memory-button at the end of the path in the Target field. Now, you will see the Purge Memory button in the Task Manager window.

purge memory button

All you have to do is just click it and see the difference. But what if you do not have the right Chrome version? In this case, there are two ways of controlling Google Chrome memory usage: select an unwanted page in the Task Manager window and click the End Process button or compare two similar extensions and end the one that consumes more memory.