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Google Chrome Flickering? Here’s How To Fix It

Are you experiencing screen flickering when using Google Chrome? Learn how to fix this error by reading this article. 

Right now in 2021, Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser. It is quick, easy to use, free, and has a ton of customization choices. There are a few drawbacks to the browser, though. Many users bemoan its excessive resource use, and some have complained about difficult-to-use graphical glitches.

Flickering in Google Chrome can cause discomfort due to flashing while watching videos, moving your mouse, or hovering over specific website elements. However, there are many ways to fix this issue and restore Google Chrome.

Why Is Google Chrome Flickering? Possible Causes

If you are experiencing screen flickers while using Google Chrome, the primary cause may be your display drivers. This issue often occurs when your drivers are incompatible with your system.

Another cause can be your Windows background and colour settings. For example, when using an animated background, Google Chrome may flicker during the animation. There is also a small chance that hardware acceleration is causing this error.

After identifying the cause of the error, you can fix it by applying the appropriate solution from this list:

  • Change your desktop background and system colour.
  • Update your graphics drivers.
  • Disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome if enabled.
  • Turn off smooth scrolling if enabled.

Let’s see the step-by-step guides to resolving this annoying Google Chrome error and fixing screen flickering once and for all.

How to Fix Google Chrome’s Flickering Screen

The methods below were written for the latest release of Google Chrome. If you don’t know how to update your browser, read Method 1. Restart and update Google Chrome from our article about the ERR_CACHE_MISS error.

Method 1. Fix Your Desktop Background and Color

The first thing you should do is check whether or not you’re using a wallpaper that’s animated. Software like Wallpaper Engine can customize your desktop on a deeper level than native options, but it may cause flickering with Google Chrome. Additionally, slideshow backgrounds may also create flickers when the background image is changing.

Here’s how to change to a compatible background on Windows 10 and Windows 11 to ensure it doesn’t cause any screen flickers.

  • By using the Windows key + I shortcut or by clicking the Windows symbol in the bottom-left corner, you can enter the Start menu. Choose Settings from there.
  • Click on the Personalization tile, and then switch to the Background tab.

  • Make sure to switch the background type to either a Picture or a Solid colour. This will ensure you don’t have an animated background. If you use a third-party app like Wallpaper Engine, you might have to exit it as well.

  • To personalize your Windows desktop, navigate to the “Personalization” section and select the “Colors” tab. Once you’re there, toggle on the “Automatically pick an accent colour from my background” option. This will allow Windows to select a suitable system colour from your background without requiring your manual input.

  • After making these changes, close the Settings app and see if your browser flickering issue has been resolved. No luck? Don’t worry! We have plenty of solutions left to try. Let’s continue chugging along.

Method 2. Update Your Graphics Drivers

Keeping your graphics card driver up-to-date is crucial. An outdated or faulty driver can cause various issues. Compatibility issues may arise after major Windows updates, leading to a range of errors.

Your graphics driver may be outdated or damaged, which can cause flickering in Google Chrome and other apps. There are 3 options for updating your drivers, 2 of which can be used to fix other rogue drivers or detect problematic drivers on your computer.

Option 1. Update Display Driver Automatically

  • Press the Windows + R keys, type “devmgmt.msc” without quotes, and press OK to open the Device Manager window.

  • Click the arrow to the left to expand the Display Adapters section. To update your current driver, right-click on it and choose the Update driver option.

  • To enable Windows to update your driver automatically, click Search automatically for updated driver software. Feel free to restart your computer and close the Device Manager when you are finished.

Option 2: Manually Update the Display Driver

  • Toggle between Windows and R. After entering “dxdiag,” click the OK button. The DirectX Diagnostics tool can be accessed with this shortcut.

  • Navigate to the Display tab. Make a note of your graphics card’s name and manufacturer under Device.

  • To begin the latest driver installation procedure, double-click the downloaded file, then adhere to the on-screen instructions. Double-click the downloaded file to start the newest driver installation process, then follow the prompts on the screen. You might be prompted to restart your Device.

Note: Always ensure that the driver you download and install is the right one for your graphics card. If you are unsure, look it up on Google or get in touch with your manufacturer’s customer support.

Option 3: Use a Third-Party App to Update Your Drivers

Although not necessary, most Windows users have the choice to update their drivers via third-party applications. You can also search for and download third-party updater programs like Driver Booster, DriverHub, or DriverPack Solution to update drivers automatically.

Most of these programs are free and easy to use. If you’re not satisfied with the service, we propose surfing the internet for more advanced apps.

Make sure the app you are using is reliable at all times. There are several programs that claim to update or repair your drivers, but they really include spyware, adware, or malware. Before downloading any software, we advise looking up the product name online and reading reviews left by actual customers.

Method 3: Disable the “When Available, Use Hardware Acceleration” Feature.

Hardware acceleration is present in most applications. It allows the application to utilize your computer’s hardware more effectively, mainly for graphics. This could be taxing your GPU, causing flickering and other problems with performance.

Here’s how to turn off hardware acceleration in the Windows version of Google Chrome.

  • The three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome lead to the Settings menu. Click those dots and then choose Settings.

  • After navigating to the bottom of the page, select Advanced. This will increase the available options.

  • Turn off the Utilize hardware acceleration when it is available. Click Relaunch to shut it down and have Google Chrome open automatically after it has been disabled.

  • The hardware acceleration option will turn grey when it is disabled.

Method 4: Turn off the Smooth Scrolling Flag

The smooth scrolling flag is another hidden feature in Google Chrome that could be the source of flickering. Even though it seems innocuous, this could mess with your GPU and make your screen act strangely when you scroll. Fortunately, this is simple to disable.

  • In the browser bar, type chrome://flags and press Enter. Now, you will go to a different page.

  • Using the search bar on top, look up the words “Smooth scrolling.” Once the results load, click on the Smooth Scrolling option and make sure it is set to Disabled.

  • After disabling the flag, click on the Relaunch button to reboot Google Chrome with the change in place. Now, check if you still get screen flickers without having smooth scrolling enabled.

  • Relaunch Google Chrome after making major changes

Method 5. Reset Google Chrome

If nothing else works, resetting your Google Chrome settings may do the trick. You can attempt this strategy if you do the following procedures.

  • Launch Google Chrome, then select Settings from the Customize and Manage Google Chrome menu (shown by three vertically placed dots).
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and tap on Advanced. To set things back to the way they were when you first got them, go to the “Reset and clean up” section.

  • Read the warning message, and then click on the Reset settings button. Google Chrome will return to its default settings, allowing you to check if the flickering is gone.

Method 6. Uninstall and Reinstall Google Chrome

The last thing to try if all else fails is completely uninstalling Google Chrome and getting a fresh copy of the software. This can be done by using the following steps.

  • To get to the Start screen, click the Windows icon in the bottom left section. You can also get to tools by pressing the Windows key + I or going to Settings.
  • After selecting the Apps menu, choose Apps & features.

  • A list of all installed applications should load. Locate Google Chrome and select it by clicking on it once, and then choose Uninstall.

  • After completely removing Google Chrome, navigate to the download page and get the latest version. If you want, you also have the option to download the public Beta or Canary version of Chrome for early access to new features and bug fixes.

Last Words

We hope that the preceding techniques helped you to fix Google Chrome’s flickering problem. You may now enjoy watching your favourite material and browsing the internet without worrying about any visual glitches or interruptions.

Google Chrome is known for releasing frequent updates, and the error may reappear in a future software release. If the issue ever returns, feel free to repeat the solutions to fix it once again.

For further assistance, visit our Help Center, where we offer hundreds of informative guides. Reach out to our experts for immediate help.

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