How to Speed Up Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

Speed Up Microsoft Edge

Having slow and choppy experience on Microsoft Edge and looking to enhance it. Follow this guide to learn how you can speed up Microsoft Edge.

Window 11 is the latest window introduced in the market and it enables you to do your assignments or office work quite efficiently. It has several advanced features like task view and virtual desktops, take screenshots, quick settings & notifications, snap layouts, etc. Well, Microsoft never missed an opportunity to force Windows users to switch to the pre-installed Edge browser. Nonetheless, almost every previous Windows version has a browser that lacked key functionalities which every other competitor was offering. Well, switching to Edge didn’t seem to be an appealing option.

As said earlier, Edge surely caught up with all the other major browsers that provide their users the comfort of convenience with Sleep Tab, Tab Groups, Edge Collections, and so on. Since the browser is now based on the Chromium platform, all Chrome extensions operate on Edge too. But despite, it seems Microsoft was not able to untangle the performance problems of Edge because many users faced a slow and laggy experience with it. A lagging experience might certainly push you towards the alternate browsers, however, before you go through the annoyance. Tweaking a few settings on the Edge browser might bring back that smooth experience.

How to Speed Up Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

However, in this article, we will let you know how to speed up Microsoft Edge on Windows 11, and also, we will mention some of the fixes related to it in the upcoming section. Without any further ado, let’s go-ahead to know the fixes i.e., to speed up your browser. Well, these fixes are the following: 

Method 1: Disable Edge on Start-Up and Restart Edge

Speed Up Microsoft Edge

Since Edge starts in the background sooner as you sign in and it may be one of the causes for degraded performance. Nonetheless, you simply can turn off the Edge’s launch at Windows startup and restart it by ending all processes using Task Manager to experience a rapid performance difference. To do so, follow the simple steps:

  1. To disable Edge, firstly, head to the Start Menu and type Task Manager to perform a search for it then, click the ‘Task Manager’ tile.
  2. From the Task Manager window, click the ‘Startup’ tab to proceed further,
  3. Locate, and click the ‘Edge’ option from the list then, click the ‘Disable’ button placed at the bottom right corner of the window to disable the launch on startup.
  4. Now, head back to the ‘Processes’ tab on the Task Manager then, locate and click the ‘Microsoft Edge’ option from the list.
  5. Click the ‘End Task’ button placed at the bottom right corner of the window to end all processes of the Edge.

When you are done with the process then, restart your PC and open the Edge browser. This would surely improve the performance boost quickly.

Method 2: Disable Preload New Tab Feature on Edge

Speed Up Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge’s home tab is rather resource-heavy, it loads Microsoft New, the bing wallpaper, your favorites, and so on. Edge by default preloads everything to provide a more satisfactory user experience. Nonetheless, it can be one of the culprits behind the lagging performance of your browser. To do so, follow the steps:

  1. To turn off the preload pages feature on Edge, head to the Start Menu and either click the ‘Edge’ tile placed under the ‘Pinned apps’ section (or search for it by typing Edge in the Start Menu).
  2. Click the kebab menu icon (three vertical dots) to reveal the context menu on a screen. Then, locate and click the ‘Settings’ option from a list. This will open the browser settings in a separate tab.
  3. Click the ‘Start, home, and new tabs’ option placed on the left sidebar on the ‘Settings’ tab to proceed further.
  4. After that, from the right section of the screen locate the ‘Preload the new tab page for a faster experience’ option placed under the ‘New tab’ section > click the toggle button to bring it to the ‘Off’ position.

Moreover, close all edge tabs and restart the browser. Now, you should feel a difference in performance if the issue was caused by this feature or not.

Method 3: Tweak Tracking Prevention Settings

Microsoft Edge presents diverse tracking prevention modes, if you have set the tracking prevention settings too tough then, it can make some websites take time to load but, also cause some websites to not even load appropriately.

  1. To tweak the prevention settings, from the Edge window, click the ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots) placed at the top right corner to reveal the overflow menu. Then, from the overflow menu, locate and click the ‘Settings’ option to open the browser settings in a new tab.
  2. Locate and click the ‘Privacy, search, and services’ tab placed on the left sidebar on the settings page.
  3. From the right section of the window, locate the ‘Tracking prevention’ section and click the ‘Balanced’ tile if not already selected.
  4. Now, locate the ‘Always use “Strict” tracking prevention when browsing the InPrivate’ option and click the toggle button to bring it to the ‘Off’ position.

Hence, now, restart the Edge browser on your PC and you should be able to experience a noticeable difference in the performance of this browser.

Method 4: Remove Unused Extensions

Throughout the duration, you tend to add a ton of extensions to your browser. Nonetheless, many of them do not get updated sometimes and might develop incompatibility after being out of date which in turn leads to slower app loading times. To do so, follow the steps:

  1. To remove unwanted extensions, from the Edge home page, click the kebab menu icon (three vertical dots) placed at the top right corner of the window to display the overflow menu. Then, from the menu, locate and click the ‘Extensions’ option. This will display an overlay prompt on a screen
  2. From the prompt, click the ‘Manage extensions’ option to proceed further. This will open the extensions page in a separate tab.
  3. Under the ‘Installed extensions’ section, locate the extensions that you do not use repeatedly, and click the ‘Remove’ button placed at the tile to delete the extension. This will bring up a prompt on your screen.
  4. From the prompt displayed on your screen, click the ‘Remove’ button to uninstall the extension.

Method 5: Check for Updates Manually

Edge normally updates itself, yet, there can occur a situation where you might have disabled the Edge to update over a metered link accidentally. Though this occurs rarely, nonetheless, it is worth checking. To do so, follow the steps:

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  1. To check for updates manually, head to the Start Menu then, either click the ‘Edge’ tile placed under the ‘Pinned apps’ section (or by typing Edge in the Start Menu to search for it).
  2. From the Edge home screen, click the ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots) placed on the top right corner of the window to reveal the context menu. 
  3. Locate and hover over the ‘Help and feedback’ option on the menu and then click the ‘About Edge’ option from the list to continue.
  4. On the next page, Edge will automatically check for updates and if any update is available then, it will begin the installation automatically.
  5. In case the update is available but Edge is not downloading it then, make sure to click the toggle button of the ‘Download Updates over metered connections’ and bring it to the ‘Off’ position to download the available updates automatically.

Method 6: Delete Cookies and Site Data

Though deleting cookies and site data is not a highly recommended fix as this logs you out of all accounts and also deletes your selection on websites. Yet, if there is a ton of cookies and site data accumulating up in your Edge, removing them might just help you out. To do so, follow the steps:

  1. To remove site data and cookies, from the Edge home screen, click the ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots) placed on the top right corner of a window to reveal the overflow menu.
  2. Locate and click the ‘Settings’ option from the list to proceed further. This will open in a separate tab.
  3. On the Settings tab, locate and click the ‘Cookies and site permissions’ tab placed on the left sidebar.
  4. From the right section of the screen, click the ‘Manage and delete cookies and site data’ option placed under the ‘Cookies and data stored’ section to continue.
  5. On the next screen, click the ‘See all cookies and site data’ option placed under the ‘Cookies and site data’ section.
  6. Last but not the least, on the next screen, click the ‘Remove all’ button to delete all site data and cookies from Edge.

That’s it, guys. We hope that this article on how to speed up Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 and these above-mentioned methods will prove helpful to you. Do share your reviews and don’t forget to share. For any queries, do let us know in the comment section mentioned below.

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