This is why your GPU accelerates when using a web browser

Disable web browser hardware acceleration

As web browsers become more advanced they require more resources to run properly and this includes your GPU. Web browsers have a feature called hardware acceleration which allows your browser to run smoothly but sometimes this feature can cause your GPU to accelerate without stopping. Fortunately, disabling this feature is easy. I will list below how to disable hardware acceleration on various web browsers.

Disable hardware acceleration

Google chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on the horizontal ellipsis (three dots) at the top right hand corner, this will open up a menu.
  3. Towards the bottom of that list you will see the option “settings”. Select settings to open the settings menu. This new menu will open up in a new window.
  4. On the left side of the new window there is another menu with the option “advanced” at the bottom. Select the option “advanced”.
  5. Another menu has opened under advanced, select the option that reads “System”.
  6. Now the systems menu has opened and you are shown 5 options. Select the second option that reads “ Use hardware acceleration when available”. 
  7. You have now disable hardware acceleration.


  1. Open Firefox
  2. At the top right hand corner click on the three slashes, also known as hamburger menu. 
  3. This opens up a menu. At the bottom of the menu select the options “settings” located towards the bottom of the menu.
  4. Now the settings menu has opened. On the right hand of the settings menu select the first option that reads “General”.
  5. Now you may scroll down until you see the option “Performance”.
  6. Under performance you will see the option “Use recommended performance settings” is checked. Uncheck it and a hidden option will appear. 
  7. This new option reads “Use hardware acceleration when available”, uncheck it. 
  8. You have now disabled hardware acceleration in Firefox.

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge
  2. Select the vertical ellipsis (three dots) at the top right hand corner.
  3. A new menu will have opened now. Select the option that reads “Settings”.
  4. The settings menu has now opened up. On the left side of your screen you will see a side menu. Select the option that reads “System”.
  5. Now the right side of your screen has changed to the system menu.
  6. Look at the third option that reads “Use Hardware acceleration when available”. Deselect this option.
  7. Now you have noticed that another option has appeared asking you to restart Edge. Go ahead and select the restart button.
  8. You have now disabled hardware acceleration on Microsoft Edge.

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