How to Disable Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome?

Chrome and browsers generally can interact with and use other peripherals connected to your system. The mouse and keyboard are prominent examples, but a browser can also access your mic, speakers, and webcam if you allow it to. Some browsers also support hardware acceleration, enabling them to offload processing to specialized hardware, e.g., if you’re doing something that’s graphics-intensive0, Chrome can use the GPU instead of being limited to the onboard graphics card.

A browser that can use hardware acceleration can run better and support more powerful web apps. That said, a browser’s primary purpose is to load websites, and sometimes, its ability to use hardware acceleration gets in the way of loading a website correctly, e.g., some users report getting a blank screen when playing YouTube videos in Chrome. This risewindows article will show you how to disable hardware acceleration in chrome.

How to Turn Off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome?

To disable Hardware Acceleration in the Chrome browser, use these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open the Chrome browser on your Windows 11 or 10 machines.

Step 2. Now, click on the horizontal ellipsis menu button in the top-right corner of Chrome and select the Settings option in the drop-down menu.

How to Disable Hardware Acceleratio...
How to Disable Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome

Step 3. Then, when the Chrome Settings page appears on the screen, select the System tab in the left menu.

Step 4. After that, on the right side pane, under the “System” section, turn off the “Use hardware acceleration when available” toggle switch.

Step 5. Lastly, click the Relaunch button before the toggle switch.

How to Turn On Hardware Acceleration in Chrome?

To enable Hardware Acceleration in the Chrome browser, use these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open the [eybt]Chrome browser[/keybt] on your Windows 11 or 10machinese.

Step 2. Now, click on the horizontal ellipsis menu button in the top-right corner of Chrome and select the Settings option in the drop-down menu.

Step 3. When the Chrome Settings page appears on the screen, select the System tab in the left menu.

Step 4. After that, on the right side pane, under the “System” section, turn on the “Use hardware acceleration when available” toggle switch.

Step 5. Finally, click the Relaunch button before the toggle switch.

How to Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome using Registry Editor?

If you use Windows 11 or 10, you can use the Registry Editor to turn on or off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome. Perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Next, browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPolicies

Step 3. Then, right-click on the Policies key and select New > Key.

Step 4. After that, name the newly created key Google.

Step 5. Next, right-click on the Google key and select New > [/keybt]Key[/keybt] in the context menu.

Step 6. Then, name this key Chrome.

Step 7. After that, right-click on the Chrome key and select New > [/keybt]DWORD (32-bit) Value[/keybt].

Step 8. Now, set the name to HardwareAccelerationModeEnabled.

Step 9. Here, double-click on the HardwareAccelerationModeEnabled DWORD and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0 = To disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome.
  • 1 = To enable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome.

Step 10. Then, click the OK button.

Step 11. Lastly, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.

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