Google Drive Slow on Chrome

It is said that Google Drive works a lot faster on Chrome than any other mainstream browser regardless of the system configurations or the Internet connection.

This actually holds true as long as Chrome is in a good shape. Even though it all might seem good, certain large files (GBs in size), often take ages when you attempt to upload / download them via Chromeb. Surprisingly, the exact process is over a lot quickly on other browsers like Edge, Safari or Firefox. Therefore, this article provides various tips on how to make GDrive speed up on the Chrome browser with ease. For a quick fix, you can try scanning your PC with Intel Software Partner, RegInOut. It will clean Google drive and chrome’s junk, speed up internet, optimize computer services and manage your computer settings for maximum performance. Download it here, and gain unfair speed advantage: 


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Solution 1: Clear Cache Files

Cache files assist in improving the rendering speed of the browser. Since they are already saved in the computer, the browser doesn’t have to redownload them, and hence this drastically improves the overall experience. However, sometimes things can go awry, therefore the cache may have to be cleaned off every once in awhile.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys in Chrome simultaneously.
  2. Select the beginning of time from the dropdown menu and then select all the checkboxes (recommended, but not mandatory).
  3. Now click Clear browsing data to remove all cache files.

    Cleaning up the history
    Cleaning up the history


Solution 2: Disable Hardware Acceleration

Hardware Accelerator is a special function in many modern applications which makes use of the available hardware resources when faced with certain hardware intensive situations rather than solely relying on the Central Processing Unit (CPU). For instance, although the GPU specializes in handling graphical elements and the sound card specializes in processing audio data etc, making use of specialized hardware not only improves the overall performance of the application, but also results in smooth user experience while the application is being used.

  1. Navigate to chrome://settings
  2. Click on Show advanced settings (at the bottom of the page) and scroll down to the bottom once again.
  3. Make sure that under the System heading, the checkbox for Use hardware acceleration when available is ticked.

    Turning on hardware acceleration
    Turning on hardware acceleration


Solution 3: Refresh the page

An interruption in the Internet connection can also lead to the slowdown in GDrive. Simply refresh the page to fix this issue. As seen in the following screenshot, use either the inbuilt refresh function or the F5 key to refresh the page.


Alternatively, you can try out the following method for a more thorough refresh if the former one didn’t help you out.

  1. Press the F12 key on the keyboard.
  2. Now right-click the Refresh icon in the browser.
  3. Select one of the desired options from the menu.

    Select your preferred option
    Select your preferred option


Solution 4: Disable All the Extensions

Chrome is further topped up by a wide variety of extensions that aid users in performing the concerned task without having to navigate to a specific web page. Unfortunately, most of these extensions are coded quite poorly,  thus they result in poor performance and even lead to compatibility issues in certain circumstances. Pinpointing the actual culprit also is very difficult, therefore the user should simply disable all the extensions and see how it goes.

  1. Type chrome://extensions in the address bar and press Enter.
  2. Now disable all the extensions by deselecting the Enabled checkbox for each of them.


Solution 5: Use an App: Speed Uploader for Google Drive

The app named Speed-Uploader for Google Drive improves the overall upload speed of GDrive by registering the frequently used folders of Google Drive, hence the files are uploaded directly. Additionally, it provides for multiple uploads to help speed up the whole process whereas the traditional method provides for a queue in which only a single file is uploaded at a time.

  1. Navigate to and click on ADD TO CHROME to install the app.

    Adding the app to Chrome
    Adding the app to Chrome
  2. Click on Add app to confirm the installation.
  3. The installation will be over momentarily and you will be redirected to chrome://apps. Click on Speed-Uploader for Google Drive to launch the app and follow the instructions to begin uploading files.

    Launching the app
    Launching the app


Solution 6: Make Sure There Is Enough Space In The Hard Drive and RAM

Some browsers need more space on the system to download and upload files as nowadays the cache files are heavily used to improve the overall experience. The same holds true for Google Chrome.

Enough Space in The Hard Drive

Chrome stores its cache files in the C drive. Therefore having more space in C drive is necessary for a fluid user experience across the browser.

  1. Right-click on File Explorer icon (see screenshot below) located on the taskbar, then click File Explorer from the menu that just opened.

    Opening up the File Explorer
    Opening up the File Explorer
  2. Click on This PC from the panel on the left.
  3. Make sure the C drive has more than 2GB of space (this amount is exclusive for Google Chrome), it’s advisable to keep at least 20GB free space in C drive for other applications as well as Windows Updates. If certain applications like Photoshop are used, a far greater amount of free hard disk space is must.

    Viewing the free disk space in the system drive
    Viewing the free disk space in the system drive


Enough Space in The System Memory

System Memory holds the data of the applications currently in use on a temporary basis to basically reduce the latency time in accessing files and improving the overall speed on the system. Chrome is notorious for eating up a large portion of the RAM even for a couple of tabs, hence having more amount of spare RAM is a must for a trouble free Google Drive experience.

  1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar, then click Task Manager to open it.
  2. Now switch to the Performance tab.

    Switching to the Performance tab
    Hovering to the Performance tab
  3. Click on Memory and make sure there is at least 20% to 40% of free space. If this isn’t the case, close all the opened applications. Also, switch to the Startup tab and disable unnecessary startup applications and restart the computer.


Solution 7: Update Google Chrome To Latest Version

Updating Google Chrome to the latest version helps fix a lot of bugs. Usually the updation is automated, but sometimes the user might have to do so manually.

  1. Click on the three vertical dotted button in Chrome.
  2. Now move over to Help -> About Google Chrome.

    Going for Chrome update
    Going for Chrome update
  3. This will trigger the scan and installation of any update that is available. Patiently wait for the update to be over.
  4. Once the browser has been updated, restart the browser for all updates to fully take effect.

    Update successful
    Update successful

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.