How to Make Facebook Games Faster in Google Chrome
By David Nield
The speed of the Facebook games running in Google Chrome depends on the quality of your Internet connection and the other demands being placed on your system's processor and memory. Closing down unnecessary tabs and applications, and cleaning up and optimizing Chrome can improve the performance of games on the Facebook platform.
Shut Down Other Tabs and Programs
Open tabs take up system resources and can leave Facebook games without enough CPU power or system memory to run smoothly. Close down any tabs within Chrome that you aren't using while running Facebook games. It's also worth opening up the Task Manager by selecting "View background pages" from the Chrome menu. From here you can see CPU and network usage for each of the open tabs and background processes associated with Chrome. Select "End Process" to close any of the processes. For the same reasons, close any Windows applications or background utilities you aren't actively using.
Facebook games rely on data streamed from the Internet, and any other application or computer accessing the Internet through your local network can have an impact on performance. Close down any tools that may be accessing the Internet, such as download managers or streaming services, and switch off any devices connected to your router that may be using bandwidth. This could include other computers, games consoles, tablets and cell phones.
Update Chrome and its Plugins
Running the latest version of Chrome and updating the plugins operating on top of it ensures maximum compatibility with Facebook and other websites. Updating also applies the latest bug fixes and performance improvements. Chrome should update itself automatically, but if you encounter problems, you can download the latest version from the Google's website. Key plugins used by many Facebook games, including Adobe Flash, are included in Chrome updates.
Clear Browsing Data
Over time, the temporary browsing data and cache of information held by Chrome can slow down the browser and cause performance problems. To clear the cache and other browsing data, click the "Chrome" menu, select "Tools" and choose "Clear browsing data." Choose to delete cookies and empty the cache, select "the beginning of time" from the drop-down list and click "Clear browsing data" to confirm your decision. Restart Chrome to check for performance improvements.
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.