Hardware acceleration

How To Disable And Enable Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

Hardware acceleration refers to when software uses support from computer hardware in order to speed up processes, namely those that are repetitive in nature. Google Chrome is one of software that does it.

While the settings are best left at their default values in Windows, you can if you wish to, turn off or disable Hardware Acceleration for an application.

Turning off the Hardware Acceleration completely will run the application in software rendering mode, and this could impact its performance as we said earlier in this article.

But there may be times when you may need to disable hardware acceleration for a particular application to function well.

Once you have enabled hardware acceleration, it is important to know if it is even worth having it enable or you should disable it.

There are various tests you can run to see if hardware acceleration is actually doing anything useful.

Below are detailed steps to enable hardware acceleration in the Google Chrome browser, as well as information on how to disable acceleration if you have it enabled already.

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How To Enable Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

You can enable or turn ON hardware acceleration in Google Chrome via the settings, here are the steps:

Step 1 ====> Type chrome://settings in the address bar at the top of Chrome. Or, use the menu button at the top right of the browser to choose Settings.

Step 2 ====> Scroll to the very bottom of that page and click on Advanced.

Step 3 ====> Then scroll to the very bottom of the settings page to find some other options.

Step 4 ====> Under the System heading, locate and enable the Use hardware acceleration when available option.

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Step 5 ====> If you are told to relaunch Chrome, go ahead and do that by exiting any open tabs and then opening Chrome again.

Step 6 ====> When Chrome starts up, open chrome://gpu again and check that the words “Hardware accelerated” appear next to most of the items in the “Graphics Feature Status” heading

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How To Disable Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

You learn how to turn it ON in this write up, now it is time to learn how to turn it off. The steps here are as well simple and easy to follow. The steps are as follow:

Step 1 ====> Type chrome://settings in the address bar at the top of Chrome. Or, use the menu button at the top right of the browser to choose Settings.

Step 2 ====> Scroll to the very bottom of that page and click on Advanced.

Step 3 ====> Then scroll to the very bottom of the settings page to find some other options.

Step 4 ====> Under the System heading, locate and enable the Use hardware acceleration when available option.

Step 5 ====> Close and reopen Chrome if you’re told to.

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Step 6 ====> When it starts back up, enter chrome://gpu in the address bar to make sure Hardware accelerated is disabled.

If you are unable to play videos, you will need to disable hardware acceleration in your browser. For Chrome simple steps above will solve your problem.

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