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Google Chrome - Manage Background Pages and Apps

Many extensions and web apps use background pages that do their work where you can't see them. for example, if you use Google Mail Checker, a background page works to send new message alerts.

Background apps work entirely in the background and run even after you close the Chrome browser.

Background pages and apps use your compter's resources. You can check to see how much they're using, and you can turn them off at any time.

Turn off background pages

To check your background pages and turn them off, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click MoreMore icon.
  3. Click More tools > Task manager.
  4. In the first column, look for items labeled "Background Page." You can see its details in the other columns. 
  5. Select the background page you want to turn off and click End Process. 

Turn off background apps

When a background app is running, you'll see a Chrome icon in your computer's system tray. 
  • On Windows, it's at the bottom right of your desktop. 
  • On Mac, it's in your dock. 
To see a list of running background apps, right-click the icon. 

To turn off background apps, you'll need to quit Chrome completely:
  1. At the top of your computer screen, click Chrome.
  2. Click Quit Google Chrome.

Windows and Linux
To close background apps when you close all Chrome tabs, follow these steps:
  1. In Chrome, at the top right, click  MoreMore icon.
  2. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings
  3. In the "System" section, uncheck the box next to "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed."

For more information, please visit the Google Support website.
*This article's content has been directly sourced from the Google Support website.

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Keywords:google chrome manage background pages apps windows mac   Doc ID:73071
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-05-02 11:41 MSTUpdated:2019-04-16 09:45 MST
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