Android Chrome crashing: How to fix it

Emre Çitak
Jul 19, 2023
Google Android

Many users have recently encountered the Android Chrome crashing error on social media platforms.

Android Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, and for good reason. It's fast, secure, and easy to use. However, like any software, it's not immune to crashing.

If you're experiencing Android Chrome crashing, don't worry, you're not alone. This problem is relatively common, and there are a number of things you can do to fix it.

Android Chrome crashing
Android Chrome crashing is a common issue reported by many users

Why is Android Chrome crashing?

There are a number of reasons why Chrome might crash on your Android device.

Some of the most common causes include:

  • Outdated version of Chrome: If you are using an outdated version of Chrome, it may be more likely to crash. Make sure you have the latest version of Chrome installed
  • Corrupted data: If your Chrome data becomes corrupted, it can cause the app to crash. You can try clearing the Chrome app's cache and data to fix this problem
  • Hardware acceleration: Hardware acceleration can sometimes cause Chrome to crash. If you are experiencing this problem, you can try disabling hardware acceleration in Chrome's settings
  • Malware: Malware can also cause Chrome to crash. If you suspect that your device is infected with malware, you should scan it with a reputable antivirus program
  • Other apps: Sometimes, other apps can interfere with Chrome and cause it to crash. If you are experiencing this problem, try closing other apps that you are not using

How to fix Android Chrome crashing problems

If you're experiencing Android Chrome crashing problems on your device, you can follow these steps to try and resolve the issue:

  • Restart your device
  • Update Chrome
  • Clear Chrome's cache and data
  • Disable hardware acceleration
  • Scan your device for malware
  • Reinstall Chrome

Restart your device

Sometimes, a simple restart can help resolve minor software glitches. Press and hold the power button on your Android device, then select "Restart" or "Reboot" from the menu that appears.

Once the device restarts, try opening Chrome again to see if the Android Chrome crashing issue persists.

Update Chrome

Keeping your Chrome browser up to date is important for stability and bug fixes. To update Chrome on your Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your device
  2. Tap the menu icon (usually three horizontal lines) in the upper-left corner of the screen
  3. Select "My apps & games" from the menu
  4. Under the "Updates" tab, locate Chrome and tap the "Update" button next to it, if available

If there is no "Update" button, it means Chrome is already up to date, and the reason behind your Android Chrome crashing issue is something different than an outdated app.

Android Chrome crashing
Corrupted data within the Chrome app can lead to crashes

Clear Chrome's cache and data

Clearing the cache and data of the Chrome app can help resolve issues related to corrupted or conflicting data. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Go to your Android device's Settings
  2. Scroll down and select "Apps" or "Applications" (the name may vary depending on your device)
  3. Locate and tap on "Chrome" from the list of installed apps
  4. On the Chrome app info page, select "Storage & cache" or similar options
  5. Tap "Clear cache" to remove temporary files stored by Chrome
  6. Then tap "Clear data" or "Manage space" and select "Clear all data" or similar options to delete Chrome's saved data

Note: This will log you out of any websites or services you were signed into on Chrome.

Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is a feature that utilizes your device's hardware to improve browser performance. However, in some cases, it can cause crashes.

To disable hardware acceleration in the Chrome Android app:

  1. Open Chrome and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner
  2. Select "Settings" from the menu
  3. Scroll down and tap on "Advanced" or "Advanced settings"
  4. Locate the "System" section and toggle off the "Use hardware acceleration when available" option

After doing so, restart the app and see if that did the trick to fix the Android Chrome crashing problem.

Android Chrome crashing
Malware infections on Android devices can result in Android Chrome crashing

Scan your device for malware

Malicious software can sometimes interfere with the normal functioning of Chrome and cause crashes. It's a good practice to periodically scan your Android device for malware as Google Play Store has a history of including malware in its app catalogue.

Install a reputable antivirus or anti-malware app from the Google Play Store, such as Avast, Bitdefender, or Malwarebytes, and run a full scan of your device. Follow the app's instructions to remove any detected threats.

Reinstall Chrome

If all else fails, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the Chrome app on your Android device. This can help resolve any underlying issues with the app installation.

To reinstall Chrome:

  1. Go to your Android device's Settings
  2. Scroll down and select "Apps" or "Applications"
  3. Locate and tap on "Chrome" from the list of installed apps
  4. On the Chrome app info page, select "Uninstall" or "Uninstall updates" (if available)
  5. Confirm the uninstallation

After doing so, your phone will automatically re-install the Chrome app on your device as it is a default Android phone app. If your phone does not do that, use this link to install Chrome again on your Android phone.

Android Chrome crashing can be a frustrating problem, but there are a number of things you can do to fix it as we tried to cover all of them. If the steps we have mentioned in this article failed to do so, there should be a problem with the latest Chrome update and Google probably has started to work on a fix now. Just give it a few hours and check for updates again.


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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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