How to Enable or Disable “Prefetch” in Google Chrome

The Prefetch feature in Chrome takes up resources by caching pages you may never go to. You can modify a setting and enable or disable the Prefetch feature as you see fit using this tutorial.

What is Prefetch?

Also known as “prerendering“, the Prefetch feature in Google Chrome will cache pages that are linked on the web page you are currently on. This allows the page to load a bit faster when accessing it.

How to disable Prefetch

  1. Click the “Menu” button in the upper-right corner, then select “Settings“.
    Google Chrome Menu Settions option
  2. Choose the “Show advanced settings…” option.
    Google Chrome Show Advanced Settings option
  3. Scroll down to the “Privacy” section, then un-check the “Prefetch resources to load pages more quickly” option to disable Prefetch. Check the box if you wish to enable it.

Chrome prefetch setting


  1. Jerrie L Roy says

    Thank You! Do I need to punch reset button? I unclicked the prefetch resources to load pages more quickly. I do not know much about settings on my Chromebook.

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