Stop Google Chrome From Using Extra Bandwidth

Google Chrome is a fast and popular browser from Google. Google Chrome is gaining popularity and now it is being used by 25% of the Internet users world wide.

Lately Google introduced a feature in Chrome which would let the browser to pre-resolution of the DNS of next possible page that will be opened by the user. This improves the overall user experience as the user doesn’t have to wait for a long time when he’s finished reading a webpage and clicks on the next. The next page is instantly available on click. You can watch the following video to learn more about this technology.


While this feature is very useful, there are drawbacks of it for some users. If you are using a slow Internet connection and are using Google Chrome as your browser, you will experience an extra Internet bandwidth being used by Chrome even when you are not browsing any site or downloading any file.

This extra bandwidth usage is usually because of the pre-resolution feature of Google Chrome. Thankfully Google Chrome has an option to enable or disable this feature. Let’s see how we can enable or disable this feature to stop Google Chrome from using extra Internet bandwidth.

  1. Go to Settings –> Options –> Under the bonnet (You can also open the under the bonnet options by opening a new tab in Chrome and going to /)
  2. Uncheck the option “Predict network actions to improve page load performance”
    Advanced Chrome settings

This will disable the pre-resolution feature of Google Chrome and it will stop using extra bandwidth. Please note that if you are using a high speed internet connection, disabling this feature is not recommended as it will make Google Chrome resolve IP addresses a little slower than normal as it will not be able to predict the DNS address of the next possible webpage, domain or sub-domain.