Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers 213 213 people found this article helpful How to Turn Hardware Acceleration On and Off in Chrome What is Chrome hardware acceleration and is it enabled? by Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated on April 17, 2020 reviewed by Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michelle Adeola Adelufosi is a marketing consultant with 9 years' experience working for a variety of clients. Her expertise includes social media, web development, and graphic design. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 12, 2020 Michelle Adeola Adelufosi Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email When hardware acceleration is enabled in Chrome, the browser passes most of the graphical intensive tasks within the browser to the GPU, meaning it makes the most of your hardware. This is good for two reasons: the GPU is designed to handle these tasks and so your browser will perform much better, and by using the GPU it frees up the CPU to do other tasks. Is Hardware Acceleration Already Turned On in Chrome? The best way to check whether hardware acceleration is turned on in Chrome is to type chrome://gpu into the address bar at the top of the browser. A whole host of results will be returned but the bit you're interested in is the section titled "Graphics Feature Status." The important thing to look for is to the right of each of these items. You should see Hardware accelerated if hardware acceleration is enabled. Some might read Software only. Hardware acceleration disabled, but that's fine. The majority of these entries—like Canvas, Flash, Compositing, Multiple Raster Threads, Video Decode, and WebGL—should be turned on, however. If all or most of your values are set to disabled then you should read on to find out how to turn hardware acceleration on. How to Turn Hardware Acceleration On in Chrome You can turn hardware acceleration on through Chrome's settings: Enter 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. Scroll to the very bottom of that page and choose the Advanced link. Scroll to the very bottom of that page of settings to find additional options. Under the System heading, locate and enable the Use hardware acceleration when available option. If you're told to relaunch Chrome, exit all open tabs and then open Chrome again. When Chrome starts, open chrome://gpu again and check that the words Hardware accelerated appear next to most of the items in the "Graphics Feature Status heading If you see that the "Use hardware acceleration when available" option is already enabled but your GPU settings show that acceleration is unavailable, follow the next step. How to Force Hardware Acceleration in Chrome The final thing you can try to enable acceleration when Chrome doesn't seem to want to is to override one of the many system flags: Enter chrome://flags in the address bar. Locate the section on that page called Override software rendering list. Change the Disabled option to Enabled. Select the blue Relaunch Now button when it appears at the bottom of Chrome after enabling hardware acceleration. Return to the chrome://gpu page and check whether acceleration is enabled. At this point, Hardware accelerated should appear next to most of the items. If they still show up as being disabled, it could signal a problem with your graphics card or the drivers for your graphics card. Update the drivers on your computer to resolve these problems. How to Turn Off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome Turning off hardware acceleration in Chrome is as easy as repeating the above steps for turning it on, but removing the option instead of enabling it. How to Know if Hardware Acceleration Helps See whether hardware acceleration works better on or off. The site is provided by Mozilla who are the people behind the Firefox web browser, but the tests work equally well in Chrome. The page provides a number of links which will show how well your browser performs. For example, a very simple demo is provided by this animated blob, but there are further examples including these draggable videos and this 3D Rubik's Cube. If you have a decent graphics card, try finding websites with high-end Flash animations and games to see whether there's any stuttering. Also, try watching high-definition videos on YouTube and make sure the video is crystal clear. Hardware acceleration can't help with buffering. However, you might find that other features of Chrome perform far better than before.