How to fix Chrome out of memory?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Chrome out of memory is an error code that can happen for a number of reasons. One reason is if you are trying to open too many tabs at once. Another reason can be if you have a lot of Chrome extensions installed and running. Lastly, if you are on an older computer, you may simply not have enough RAM to support running Chrome. This error code can be frustrating because it can be hard to determine which of these reasons is causing the issue. However, if you are able to narrow it down, there are some steps you can take to try and fix the problem. For example, if you think you have too many tabs open, you can try closing some of them. If you think you have too many Chrome extensions installed, you can try disable some of them. Lastly, if you think your computer's RAM may be the issue, you can try closing other programs that may be running in the background.

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1. Close any unused tabs

  1. Close any unused tabs in Chrome.
  2. Check Chrome's Settings for any unused tabs that may be causing Chrome to use more memory.
  3. If there are any unused tabs, clear the history for those tabs.
  4. If there are still unused tabs, try to close any unused tabs that are using large amounts of memory.

2. Close any unused programs

There are a few basic steps you can take to close unused programs and free up memory on your computer:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type "cmd" and press Enter.
  3. Type "msconfig" and press Enter.
  4. Click the "Startup" tab.
  5. Uncheck the boxes next to the programs you don't want to start automatically when your computer powers on.
  6. Click the "OK" button to close the msconfig window.
  7. Close any open windows.
  8. Restart your computer.

3. Turn off any unnecessary extensions

  1. Click on the three lines in the top right corner of the Chrome window.
  2. Select "Tools" from the menu that pops up.
  3. Select "Extensions" from the Tools menu.
  4. Select the extension you want to disable and click the "Disable" button.
  5. Restart Chrome.

4. Adjust your Chrome settings

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three lines in the top left corner of the window.
  2. Select Chrome Settings.
  3. In the "Settings" window, click on the "Advanced" button.
  4. In the "Advanced" window, under "Memory" on the left, click on the "Settings" button.
  5. In the "Memory" window, under "Maximum allowed memory for processes" on the left, click on the "Change" button.
  6. In the "Maximum allowed memory for processes" window, under "Chrome" on the left, type the number of megabytes that you want Chrome to use for processes, and click on the "OK" button.
  7. Close the "Settings" window.

Still not working? maybe try one of these options:

  1. Restart Chrome