Google Chrome Freezes on Mac All the Time. Keep Calm and Fix the Issue!

Although Safari is the most popular choice of Mac owners, some of the Apple computer users find Chrome more comfortable and accustomed. It works well with many different extensions and can easily change advanced settings such as VPN required by many companies worldwide. Overall, most of the options of Chrome are pretty much the same a user can notice in Safari. For instance, a tabbed browsing option is identical. What really makes these two different is the fact Google Chrome keeps crashing more frequently than Safari.

There are several reasons that cause this popular browser to freeze. By knowing the core problem, a Mac owner may prevent his Chrome from slowing down or simply breaking over and over again. One common solution is using Mac OS X to come up with a new user profile, but it does not work in all cases. It depends on the severity of the problem.

Before trying any of the options described in the article, try an easy solution, which can be so apparent. Perhaps, you know that Chrome requires a plenty of Mac’s CPU. It means a higher battery drain. In case your Mac is not connected to the network, it may be simply running out of charge. It will cause the slowdown in the work of the browser and entire operating system.

If it is a real matter, all a user should do is:

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Launch Google Chrome. Tap the Settings icon.

Pick More Tools and Task Manager

Choose the Memory column to categorize them

That is how it is possible to define what websites and extensions ‘steal’ most of the memory in the preferred browser. It is better not to leave the website open in a tab. Avoid having too many tabs open at a time. Finally, just watch the battery level, especially on the go.

You are lucky if the battery drain is the primary cause of the problem as some other reasons might be much more complicated and tricky. Look at why Chrome may also crash to understand what you might be doing wrong. Perhaps, you can simply avoid this problem in the future.

How to Fix Google Chrome Freezing on a Mac?

1. Corrupt Chrome User Profile.


Is your browser user profile okay? Are you sure about that? Such indicator as an annoying notification “Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed” is the primary indicator that the browser is not doing fine. One of the possible solutions to this scenario is removing the Default subfolder from the User Data folder.

  1. Launch a Finder utility from the Dock.
  2. Place the Default folder with the help of this directory: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default.
  3. Change the title of the Default folder to “Backup” and transfer the item from the User Data folder up a single level to the Chrome folder.

This formula works if the issue is properly identified. It is the simplest way to develop a new browser user profile if the older one is damaged.

2. Reboots.


Just like in case with many apps and other browsers, the law that the longer a user applies the browser, the slower it starts to work works. if Chrome keeps freezing more often than before, it is a warning sign of its ‘aging.’ Most of the users make the situation even worse by restarting the browser or entire machine each time Chrome crashes or slows down. It is almost the same as force deleting files or force quitting the work of your Apple computer too frequently. When you make a person do something against the will, he or she will probably resist you, won’t they? The same principle works with your Mac and Chrome in particular.

Of course, the method is rather effective, but you cannot count on it all the time. A user might have no idea that particular web pages may lead to the conflict while loading. Once the user reboots the browser, the pages from earlier browsing sessions are auto-restored. In case the message mentioned above goes on appearing on Chrome, you have to dig deeper to solve the problem.

3. Extensions.

Do not underestimate the role browser’s extensions play. Those are things you add to access more opportunities such as grammar checkers, video players, downloads, social account hackers, spies, etc. Mind that some of the extensions, especially those released by the suspicious developers for free, may be rather dangerous to your browser and machine on the whole. They need a lot of permissions and accesses so that they can result in certain If one of such extensions fails all of a sudden, the browser may crash as well trying to launch the extension even if the user does not need it. Chrome may shut down immediately when the extension freezes. Thus, it is better to quit extensions you do not use for a while by removing ticks in the Settings.

  1. Go to the main browser’s menu – the “hamburger” icon of three horizontal lines up there in the corner.
  2. Choose “Settings” à “Extensions” from the popped-up pane.
  3. Remove the check next to the “Enabled” option. It will disable the particular extension you do not need to use currently. You may also “Delete” the specific extension to get rid of it entirely.

4. Browsing history + cache.

The last thing to take care of is your browsing history. From one side, it is a useful option, which allows opening the already attended websites faster than before. Thus, if you use a particular web page very often, leave it in the history to access quicker in the future. As for the rest of the cache and cookies, it is important to reset or clear them regularly. Say, you should do it at least once per month to avoid any issues with the browser’s speed of work. You can either erase the entire history if you are sure about it, or remove only the useless web addresses from your list. To do the first one, a user must:

  1. Go to the main Chrome menu.
  2. Choose “Settings” and “Show Advanced Settings” option at the bottom.
  3. Pick “Clear browsing data.” As you can see, the system allows selecting how much history to remove thanks to the different features.

5. Plugins double enabled


One more common problem you may have no idea about is the double-enabled plugins. Take the offered steps:

  • Move to chrome://plugins to detect the problem first.
  • Push the plus button to view the detailed information.
  • Deactivate the plugins and leave the Chromium plugins (if you use it too).

What Should I Do in Case of Chrome Flash Crash on My Mac?

Oh, how irritating it can be when you simply wish to watch a video, edit a photo online, or play a short flash game, and the browser does not recognize the Flash Player, or it simply crashes.

Before you do anything, please keep in mind that Google does not enable Flash player by default any longer. It requires activating Flash only when a user attends a website that lacks an HTML5 player. It is possible to disable Flash player at any time easily.

1.Update the target browser

  • Check whether a Chrome update is available. In order to check it out, pick the “hamburger” menu next to the right corner and select Help à About Google Chrome.
  • You do not have to do anything else – if the upgrades are available, they will start downloading automatically.

Do not forget to restart the browser itself using a Relaunch Chrome function. Without restarting the browser, the changes will not be activated.

2. Update the drivers.

Half of the solution is updating everything available, and drivers are not the exception. In some cases, the basic cause of failure is the old-fashioned driver. A user should find out whether the graphics and card drivers he/she has on the computer correspond to the latest updates. Another common issue is an “inefficient content.” That is how Adobe developers define it. In other words, the Flash content often may be the core problem itself. The bad news is that you can do nothing; the good news is that it is a provider’s fault, so he should feel guilty.

You can also take care of the extensions as described above or, at last, try the top recommended browser for Mac – Safari!

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