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How to Enable Or Disable Hardware Acceleration in Google Chrome

Enable Or Disable Hardware Acceleration
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to enable or disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome? There are lots of reasons why you probably be having issues with Google Chrome performance. So the fix might not work for everyone. But it sorts out my mouse struggle and the latency problems that I was personally having, so it is worth a shot if you are experiencing the same issues.

If you are experiencing the same issues in other programs then we are here. Don’t fret you’ll learn how to disable hardware acceleration in lots of various programs on your PC.

Enable or Disable Hardware Acceleration Mode for Google Chrome with these methods.

Method 1 – Chrome Settings

Step 1:

Head over to the chrome then launch it, also choose “Menu”  > “Settings“.

Step 2:

Move down under it and choose the “Advanced” option.

Step 3:

Move to the “System” section and toggle “Use hardware acceleration when available” enable or disable as required.

Method 2 – Via Registry (Windows)

Step 1:

Initially, hold down the Windows Key and hit “R” to bring up the Run window.

Step 2:

Input “regedit“, then hit “Enter” to bring up the Registry Editor.

Step 3:

Navigate/Move to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Google \ Chrome \

Note: You might have to make the “Google” and “Chrome” folders.

Step 4:

Right-tap “Chrome” and choose “New” > “DWORD 32-bit value

Step 5:

Assign the name to value i.e “HardwareAccelerationModeEnabled“.

Step 6:

Now set the value data to “0” to turn off Hardware Acceleration. Set it to “1” to turn on it.

Step 7:

You might have to restart the PC for this setting to take effect.

Method 3 – Terminal Command (MacOS)

Step 1:

Exit or close Chrome.

Step 2:

From the Finder, choose “Go” > “Utilities“.

Step 3:

Now launch “Terminal“.

Step 4:

Input the following command, then hit “Enter“:
defaults write HardwareAccelerationModeEnabled -integer n

Where n is 1 or 0. 1 will turn on Hardware Acceleration. 0 means turn it off.

Step 5:

After you restart your PC after these steps, Hardware Acceleration settings will be modified.


Here’s all about ”Enable Or Disable Hardware Acceleration”. Is this article helpful? Have you ever face any issues while enabling or disabling it? Have you found any other alternative that we can’t cover in this article? Let us know your thoughts and suggestion in the comment section below.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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