How To Disable Hardware Acceleration In Chrome, Firefox and Opera

Most modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, come with hardware acceleration feature enabled by default. This specific feature is developed to increase the performance of the modern browsers by leveraging the power of your CPU and other hardware like Graphic Cards.

Since hardware acceleration gives a significant speed boost, it is very useful in a variety of scenarios like 3D visualizations, online games, etc.

That being said, hardware acceleration has its fair share of problems and sometimes it can misbehave causing various problems like blurry fonts, videos not playing, glitchy startup times, etc.

In those scenarios, disabling the hardware acceleration in your browser may solve the problem. In case you are wondering, here is how you can disable hardware acceleration in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Chrome

Disabling hardware acceleration in Chrome is way easier than you think. To start off,

  1. Open up the Chrome settings menu by clicking on the settings icon located on the upper-right corner and select the option “Settings.”disable-hardware-acceleration-chrome-settings
  2. The above action will open the Chrome Settings window. Here, scroll down and click on the link “Show advanced settings” to expand the Chrome settings.disable-hardware-acceleration-click-advanced-settings
  3. Now, scroll down again and deselect the checkbox “Use hardware acceleration when available” under the System section.disable-hardware-acceleration-deselect-checkbox
  4. Once you are with the changes, restart your system, and you are good to go.

Disable Hardware Acceleration in Firefox

Disabling hardware acceleration in Firefox is very similar to Chrome. To start off,

  1. Click on the Menu icon displaying on the upper right corner of the Firefox window and click on the “Options” button.disable-hardware-acceleration-firefox-options
  2. The above action will open the Firefox options. Here, navigate to the advanced tab.disable-hardware-acceleration-advanced-settings
  3. Once you are on the Advanced tab, deselect the checkbox “Use hardware acceleration when available” under the Browsing section.disable-hardware-acceleration-firefox-deselect-checkbox
  4. Now, just restart your system, and you are good to go.
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Disable Hardware Acceleration in Opera

If you are using Opera, then you already know that the settings panel of Opera is very identical to Chrome. So, to disable hardware acceleration in Opera,

  1. Simply click on the Opera button on the upper left corner and select the option “Settings.” Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut “Alt + P.”disable-hardware-acceleration-opera-settings
  2. Once you are in the Settings panel, scroll down and select the checkbox “Show advanced settings.”disable-hardware-acceleration-opera-advanced-settings
  3. Now scroll down and deselect the checkbox “Use hardware acceleration when available” and restart your Opera browser.disable-hardware-acceleration-opera-deselect-checkbox

That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to disable hardware acceleration in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Hopefully, that helps and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about disabling the hardware acceleration in Chrome and Firefox.

Vamsi is a professional freelance writer, copywriter and blogger.

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