We spend a lot of time online. Some of us want the experience to be as fast as possible. In today’s post, we give some tips on how to speed up your browsers.
Streamline Your Browser
One of the fastest ways to speed up the browser is to cut down the extra stuff. Check what browser extensions are currently installed and what their purpose is. Throughout use, browser extensions can pile on top of one another. Consider disabling or even removing them from your browser.
Lower Playback Quality
If a video is struggling to play or constantly buffering, try lowing the video playback quality. While you won’t have as crisp of a picture, it might help keep the video playing. For example, YouTube’s video quality option is found within the cog icon on a web browser or three dots on a mobile device.
Keyboard shortcuts can save lots of time when browsing. Use Ctrl + W to close the tab and Ctrl + T to open new ones. By pressing and holding down Ctrl while clicking on links will open the link in a background tab.
Close Your Tabs
If you are not using a tab, close it out. When several tabs stay open at once, your computer’s resources will get bogged down. If you need to keep tabs open for reference later, download an extension that will suspend the page until you need it again. For example, Chrome users can download The Great Suspender to accomplish this task.
Block Ads & Scripts
Browsers offer a multitude of plugins and extensions that will stop intrusive ads or data collection scripts from running. The nice thing about this is you can fine-tune the speed vs. utility for your desired experience. You can find most of these through the browser settings.
Flush Your DNS
Flushing your DNS means resetting the way sites get found on the web. Short term, it might slow down, but as your device visits sites, it will increase the speed because any out of date entries will be minimized. For Windows users, open up the command prompt and type ipconfig /flushdns, and hit the Enter key. Mac users need to open up the terminal and type sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder and hit enter.
Change Your DNS
Another DNS solution is to change the DNS server you use to connect to the web. Most of the time, your internet provides determines what DNS server you use, but there are alternatives. Examples include Cloudflare, Google, or OpenDNS.
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