Chrome hardware acceleration helps in improving the browser’s performance by offloading some tasks to the other hardware components. But, due to some incompatibilities in the drivers, you might face issues related to graphic rendering on chrome which can lead to broken webpages. And, If you face such issues then you can also disable hardware acceleration from the settings. In this post, we’re going to explain what chrome hardware acceleration is and how you can enable or disable it.
What is Chrome Hardware Acceleration?
In hardware acceleration, some of the load from the ram and CPU is transferred to the GPU. GPU is also powerful and efficient at calculation and graphics-intensive tasks. Hardware acceleration in chrome also fixes chrome’s high memory usage. It also improves speed, stability and can help you in better media consumption on chrome. It will reduce the task from the CPU so that it can handle other processes also. As we’ve already explained that chrome uses too much memory, in this case, hardware acceleration can reduce a lot of load from the RAM. If you have a low-end PC this option can be really helpful. But sometimes you might face some issues in rendering some graphics or web pages in hardware acceleration mode. If you face such an issue you can easily disable it from the settings.
How to Turn on Chrome Hardware Acceleration
Enable hardware acceleration, by accessing the chrome browser settings or just follow the steps that are mentioned below;
- Go to chrome and enter chrome://settings in the address/search bar or just go to the top right corner and click on the three horizontal dots to open the Chrome menu.
- Now, go to the settings and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the Advanced option.
- Next, scroll down the list to the bottom and find the additional option. Locate the System and turn on the Hardware acceleration by toggling the slider to the right side.
- Lastly, close all the open tabs and relaunch the Google Chrome browser.
After relaunching the chrome browser, enter chrome://gpu again in the address bar and check that Hardware acceleration starts appearing next to the items of Graphics Feature Status or not.
And, if you see that the hardware acceleration option is already enabled but the settings of your GPU shows that acceleration isn’t available then move onto the next step,
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How to Turn Off Chrome Hardware Acceleration
Well, Hardware acceleration is by default enabled in chrome browser. But if you don’t want to enable it then you can disable it by following the same steps as mentioned above.
- Open Google Chrome browser, go to the settings by using the menu button or enter chrome://settings in the address/search bar.
- Navigate to the advanced options and scroll the list to the bottom of the page and look for the additional option.
- Now, locate the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option under the System Heading. And, toggle the slider to the left it will disable the hardware acceleration.
How to Check if Hardware Acceleration is Off
To check whether hardware acceleration on chrome is disabled or not, visit chrome://gpu. On this page, if you see Software only, hardware acceleration unavailable next to every option it means that hardware acceleration is disabled. When hardware acceleration is active you’ll see hardware-accelerated next to almost every option.
How to Enable Force Hardware Acceleration
Sometimes just enabling hardware acceleration doesn’t do the trick. In this scenario, you need to enable hardware acceleration forcefully for almost every option available in the graphics feature status page or here chrome://gpu. Follow the steps below to enable force hardware acceleration.
- Open Chrome browser and visit chrome://flags.
- Now from the drop-down option, enable “Override software rendering list” for force hardware acceleration
- From the bottom right side of the screen click on the relaunch button.
To check if the hardware acceleration is enabled visit chrome://gpu/. You’ll see almost all the options in the graphic feature status are hardware accelerated. If it doesn’t work for you try updating your drivers to the latest version.
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How to Enable or Disable Chrome Hardware Acceleration on Android App?
How do I enable Hardware acceleration in chrome android? Some Android device users are asking how they can enable hardware acceleration on their devices. Well, There are no advanced settings like the desktop browser to enable or disable hardware acceleration on chrome mobile app. You need to visit the chrome://flags page to enable hardware acceleration.
- Open Chrome and visit chrome://flags using the search bar
- Now enable the “override software rendering list” on your chrome android app.
- Tap on the relaunch option to see the effects of hardware acceleration on the chrome mobile app.
- You can also check if the hardware acceleration is active by visiting chrome://gpu on your mobile app. You’ll see almost every option is using hardware acceleration on your chrome app
How do I disable hardware acceleration on android? If you start encountering some issue then visit chrome://flags and disable the override software rendering list. This will disable the hardware acceleration of your chrome android app and fix the issue.
FAQ on Chrome Hardware Acceleration
Yes, you should have to turn it on because it allows the CPU to offload the loading task, and also when you have some page rendering issues, then hardware acceleration fixes that too.
Hardware acceleration is for improving the performance of web browsers but sometimes it makes your chrome slow, maybe there are some compatibility issues with your drivers. But you don’t have to worry about this. You can simply disable the hardware acceleration from the advanced settings.
The job of hardware acceleration is to reduce the load of high or normal -graphic pages and if you disable it then it could affect the performance of your browser.
To disable hardware acceleration on iPhone or on any ios device, enter chrome://flags in the address bar and go to “override software rendering list”, now