Need Google Chrome to load pages faster? Enable this feature to increase speed

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Google has retained Chrome 64.4% share of the global market for web browsers. The next most popular browser is Safari at 18.82%. That’s a huge gap.

There are many reasons for Chrome’s dominance, including Android’s global market share still hovering around 70% worldwide And Chrome is the default browser on Google’s OS.

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There are certainly other reasons why Chrome is so dominant. One of them is speed. According to to the cloudsChrome ranks as the fastest browser for speed when loading pages. However, even with these big advantages, you can always find areas where you want to make Chrome faster

A case in point is preloading the page. Google Chrome has a feature called preload pages that tells the browser to preload pages you might visit. Chrome is based on your history and habits — predicts the pages you visit most and preloads them in the background. Whenever you visit one of these pages, it should load very quickly. If you’re looking for as much speed as possible for your web browser, you should consider this feature.

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However, there is a caveat. When preload pages is enabled, Chrome will constantly connect in the background, sending cookies to websites it predicts you’ll visit. So, if privacy is a top consideration for you, you can skip enabling this option.

Page preload has two options: extended preloading and standard preloading. The difference between these options is that the extended version preloads more pages, and when a site asks to personally preload links found on its page, the preloading will be done through Google’s servers. Although extended preloading can hide your identity from these sites, Google learns what sites are preloaded.

So, if you want a little more speed while sacrificing a little less of your privacy, go with standard preloading. If you don’t mind Google having more information about you and want more speed, go with Extended Preloading.

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But how do you enable the preload page feature? Show me.

How to Enable Preload Pages in Chrome

What you will need: All you need for this feature is an updated version of the Chrome browser. Note that this feature only works on the desktop version of Chrome, so don’t bother using it on your Android or iOS device. The preload page feature is available on Linux, MacOS and Windows.

When Chrome is ready, let’s speed it up.

First thing to do is open Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop.

In the Chrome address bar, type the following and press Enter on your keyboard:

chrome://settings/performance​

You can also click the Chrome menu button and then go to Settings > Performance.

Under Speed, you’ll find the Preload Pages On/Off slider Click on it until it turns on. You can choose whether you want standard or extended preloading.

Chrome preload option.

You have two options for preloading. Make sure to choose the one that best suits your needs for privacy.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZdNet

Once you’ve enabled the feature, close the Settings tab and you’re done.

You won’t notice an immediate speed increase. As with modern technology, the software has a bit of a learning curve. But once Chrome learns your habits, you should notice a bump in page load speed. Of course, there are other factors involved. If you’re dealing with a slow network connection or an aging, slow computer, there’s not much Chrome can do to fix these issues. All things being equal, however, you should notice an improvement.





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