How to Enable Hardware Acceleration In Google Chrome

Google Chrome - Enable Hardware Acceleration

Internet Explorer isn’t the only browser that can do hardware acceleration.  Google Chrome has GPU acceleration as well, but it isn’t enabled by default.  The feature is still being considered “experimental,” so perhaps it still has a few bugs to work out; but I haven’t had any problems with it yet.  Enabling hardware acceleration in Chrome is easy, and we’ll show you exactly where the settings are in the groovy guide below.

Step 1

Type about:flags into the Google Chrome address bar.

Google about:Flags

Step 2

Scroll down and Click Enable for the following items:

  • GPU Accelerated Compositing
  • GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D
  • Web Page Prerendering

enable GPU acceleration in Chrome

Step 3

Once you have the above settings enabled, Scroll Down to the bottom and Click the Restart Now button.  Restarting will preserve your tabs and windows, they will just be closed temporarily and then re-opened. Chrome will not use your new settings until you complete a restart. 

restart chrome to save changes


Now Chrome is set to use hardware acceleration for rendering webpages.  This will come in handy on graphic intensive websites, and it is great for playing games in the browser.



  1. Octavio Wison

    July 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Nicearticle. Just what I was looking for!

  2. Scott

    May 15, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    The 3rd option is no longer available. I realize this post is old, but is there a further recommendation?

    • Steve Krause

      May 16, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Let me take a look and update the article for ya.

      Steve | gP

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