Enable Destroy Profile on Browser Close in Google Chrome

How to Enable Destroy Profile on Browser Close in Google Chrome

Chrome to consume less memory by unloading unused profiles from memory. Google is working on memory consumption improvements for the Chrome browser. One of its long standing issues is that user profiles loaded within the browser remain in memory even if you close the Chrome instance that was associated with that profile. Now the browser offers an option to resolve the issue.


Having multiple profiles in the browser is really useful. They allow you to differentiate profiles for banking, private stuff, and general browsing. By default, Chrome will load the last used profile.

Google Chrome comes with a number of tools for managing profiles. It has a user icon in the toolbar that allows managing profiles and switching between them.

There is also an experimental Profile Picker option that you can enable and select the desired profile when the browser starts.

Chrome Profile Picker

Also, most Chromium-based browsers allow specifying the profile to use, but it involves command line arguments. Here's a quick example for Chrome and Chromium:

chrome.exe --profile-directory="Default"

Having multiple profiles remain in the RAM is a bit of unwanted behavior.

Starting in version v88.0.4294.0 Google Chrome Canary has got the  'Destroy Profile on browser close' feature, that, when enabled, destroys unused profiles from the computer's memory and releases their resources. This resolves the above issue. However, the feature is experimental, and needs to be enabled manually. Here's how.

Warning: Proceed with caution. Experimental features are still experimental and may have some unexpected side effects. Also, Chrome Canary is not designed to be your daily driver.

To Enable Destroy Profile on Browser Close in Google Chrome,

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Type chrome://flags/#destroy-profile-on-browser-close in the address bar, and hit the Enter key.
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu next to the Destroy Profile on browser close option to enable this feature.Chrome Canary Destroy Profile On Close
  4. Relaunch the browser.Chrome Canary Relaunch The Browser

You are done. Note: Setting the flag to Disabled equals to the default option as of now, and won't activate it.

From now, Chrome will release profiles from memory once the profile window is closed.

Some other interesting features to try are

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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