How to Enable or Disable Network Prediction or Prefetch on Google Chrome?

The Prefetch or Network Prediction feature is available on Google Chrome cache pages linked to the web page you are currently on. With this feature, you will surf the web faster, but it eats up data in the background. For your information, it controls TCP, SSL pre-connection, and DNS prefetching.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on enabling and disabling network prediction (prefetch or prefetching) on the Google Chrome browser by using Chrome Settings or Registry Editor on Windows 11/10.

How to Enable or Disable Network Prediction on Google Chrome Settings?

Do these steps to turn on or off the network prediction (prefetch) on Google Chrome Settings:-

Step 1. Open Google Chrome on PC or Mac.

Step 2. Pick the Menu button in the upper-right corner to select Settings in the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Pick the Privacy and security in the left sidebar.

Step 4. Next, pick Cookies and other site data tile on the “Privacy and security.”

Step 5. Scroll down and enable or disable the toggle switch Preload pages for faster browsing and searching.

You should be able to enable or disable Network Prediction or Prefetch on the Google Chrome browser by above steps.

How to Use Registry Editor to Turn On or Off Prefetch (Network Prediction) on Google Chrome on Windows 11 or 10?

Do these step to enable or disable Prefetch (Network Prediction) on Google Chrome on Windows 11 or 10 using Registry Editor:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following path in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-


Step 3. Right-click on the Policies key and pick New > Key.

Step 4. Name this new key as Google.

Step 5. Right-click on the Google folder to select New > Key.

Step 6. Name this key Chrome.

Step 7. Right-click on the Chrome key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 8. Name this REG_DWORD as NetworkPredictionOptions.

Step 9. Double-click on the NetworkPredictionOptions REG_DWORD for set the “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0 = Prefetch always enabled.
  • 1 = Prefetch enabled on any network that is not cellular.
  • 2 = Disable prefetch or Network Prediction.

Step 10. Press OK.

Step 11. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

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