Speed up brows­ing on an An­droid de­vice

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Matt Egan ex­plains how to su­per­charge your An­droid smart­phone- or tablet’s web browser

To an ex­tent the dream of a mo­bile web-brows­ing de­vice has be­come some­thing of a night­mare. De­spite the pro­lif­er­a­tion of mo­bile-, adap­tive- and re­spon­sive web­sites, brows­ing on an An­droid phone or tablet can be a slow, laggy and buggy af­fair. It doesn’t have to be. In this ar­ti­cle, we’ll look at one use­ful tweak that al­lows you to add greater mem­ory al­lo­ca­tion to the Chrome browser, mak­ing it a faster web-surf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. And we also of­fer a cou­ple of tips for get­ting the An­droid Browser to play more nicely.

Al­lo­cate more mem­ory to Chrome browser

This works only on the Chrome browser, which you may have to ac­cess from within the ‘Google’ sec­tion of your home page.

Open a new Chrome tab and type into the URL bar:

Once you have se­lected the re­quired amount of RAM, you will be in­vited to ‘Re­launch now’. Do so and Chrome will re­launch with the new mem­ory al­lo­ca­tion. You should find that pages load much more quickly. And you can, of course, re­verse the process if for any rea­son the new mem­ory al­lo­ca­tion causes prob­lems.

Dis­able JavaScript (and Flash)

Un­like the Chrome tweak out­lined above, th­ese changes re­quire you to lose some func­tion­al­ity, but given that this func­tion­al­ity is Flash and JavaScript, you may not be too up­set. You are in essence us­ing an ad blocker on your mo­bile browser. Turn­ing off JavaScript will sig­nif­i­cantly speed up web brows­ing on all An­droid de­vices, but it will also make some web pages look plain and life­less.

To dis­able JavaScript on An­droid, open up the browser, and hit the three-dot ‘Menu’ icon in the top right-hand cor­ner. Choose Ad­vanced, and then scroll down to ‘En­able JavaScript’. Untick this op­tion and you should see speed im­prove­ments, in par­tic­u­lar on desk­top web­sites that haven’t been op­ti­mised for mo­bile de­vices.

Flash is an op­tion only on older An­droids, but if it is on your hand­set you’ll prob­a­bly want to dis­able it. To do so, go into the An­droid browser, se­lect the menu icon and choose Ad­vanced. If you can see an ‘En­able plug-ins’, it is likely your browser is util­is­ing a Flash plug-in. So untick that op­tion. You should see im­me­di­ate speed div­i­dends.

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