Google Chrome browser can continue to run in background on Windows computers, even after closing the browser window. You will find below the steps to Stop Google Chrome Running in Background on your computer.
Google Chrome Running in Background After Closing
In earlier versions, Google Chrome used to provide an indication of being active in the background by keeping a persistent Chrome Icon in the System Tray, located at the bottom right corner of desktop.
This made it easy for users to stop Chrome from running in background by right-clicking on the Chrome Icon in System Tray and selecting the Exit option.
However, newer versions of Chrome do not provide such indication and you need to check the browser settings to see whether or not Chrome browser is running in background on your computer.
Why Chrome Runs in Background After Closing?
Whether or not Chrome continues to remain active in background (after closing the browser window), depends on the type of Apps and Chrome Extensions installed on your computer.
Some Apps and extensions have an in-built tendency to remain active in background, in order to keep their information updated and deliver notifications.
Such Apps seek permission from the browser to continue running in background and Google Chrome provides this permission for most Apps and extensions downloaded from the Chrome store.
However, it is entirely possible to prevent Chrome browser from being active in the background and consuming resources on your computer.
Stop Google Chrome Running in Background
Follow the steps below to prevent Google Chrome browser from being active in background on your computer.
1. Open Google Chrome browser on your computer.
2. Click on 3-dots menu icon located at the top right corner of your screen and select Settings option in the drop-down menu.
3. On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on Advanced.
4. Scroll further down to ‘System’ section and disable Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed option by moving the toggle to OFF position.
5. Close and re-launch Chrome browser on your computer.
After this, you will no longer find Google Chrome browser performing background activities on your computer.
Enable Chrome Running in Background on Computer
At any time, you can enable the option to allow Chrome browser to run Apps in the background by going to Chrome Settings > Advanced
Then scroll down to ‘System’ section and enable Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed option by moving the toggle to ON position.