March 25, 2023


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How to speed up a slow Chromebook

Chromebooks’ lightweight software ensures that they last years — even on budget hardware. But even the best Chromebooks have an expiration date, and at some point, Google Chrome’s demanding tasks will take a toll on their performance. The effects of such a slowdown are even worse if you’re also running Linux programs and Android apps. Fortunately, you can speed up your Chromebook’s performance in just a couple of steps.

Like any traditional computer, you can optimize your Chromebook to prioritize smooth performance over efficiency. There are several ways you can push its CPU beyond its default limits, such as automatically suspending tabs you’re not actively working on, and freeing up resources for your most essential processes. Here’s how to get started.

Check what’s slowing down your Chromebook

Your first step to boosting your Chromebook’s performance is to track what’s bogging it down. You can do this from Chrome OS’s task manager. Press the Search and Esc keys together to launch it.

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Inside the task manager, you’ll find a list of all the active apps and processes on your Chromebook. Click the “CPU” column to sort the list by the highest CPU usage. The entries at the top  are consuming most of your Chromebook’s bandwidth. If you spot any app or activity that’s drawing an unusual amount of power and is not important to you, left-click it, and hit the “End process” button to terminate it.

How to improve your Chromebook’s CPU performance