Last week after I updated my Google Chrome browser, I immediately noticed that web pages started to ‘lazy load’ and it slowed down my web browsing and was very irritating!
But then I learned of an even more serious side to this change in my Google Chrome browser.
What is lazy loading?
Lazy Loading is when instead of rendering a web page all in one go, the page loads in chunks.
In theory Lazy Loading optimises web page content by delaying the loading of resources until actually needed. It is supposed to improve performance and save system resources.
Often WordPress websites incorporate a lazy loading solution called Infinite Scroll, which is useful to help loading times when you have a lot of images on a page. Usually on good websites you barely notice Infinite Scroll because it happens so quickly.
Well, I don’t know what the go is with the Lazy Loading in Chrome, but the bottom half of my screen was fully blank, and the display was very noticeably delayed.
Whatever the reason, it is all about the user experience and for me the Chrome Lazy Load experience was lousy.
I am used to web pages loading very quickly, and like most people my eye is drawn across and down as I scan the page. To scan the page and see half of it blank was dreadful.
However, not to worry, good news! There’s a quick fix to get rid of it.
How to disable Google Chrome Lazy Loading
- Type in the URL address bar – chrome://flags
- If you can not see the Lazy Loading features type “lazy” in the search bar
Aha! So now we can see why my User Experience was so poor.
The Lazy Loading features are still experimental, meaning there may be bugs and issues Google are continuing to work through.
Hmmm, so it’s still experimental and the nice big red warning from Google says:
“By enabling these features, you could lose browser data or
compromise your security or privacy.”
All of a sudden this became more than an annoying user experience. Now I’m learning that my security and privacy may be compromised with the addition of Lazy Loading in my Chrome browser.
It’s concerning that Lazy Loading was Enabled during a routine browser update without my knowledge. I certainly did not realise I had automatically been opted-in for this still-underdevelopment, experimental feature.
Now the warning may be just Google covering themselves and possibly the security and privacy risk is low, however I do feel a better way to go would have been to disclose and provide an option to try this experimental feature and give feedback to assist them with their development. I would happily have turned it on for a while to try it (probably incognito) and then I would have turned it back off.
What do you think?
3 Steps to Disable Lazy Loading
Okay, so now there are two reasons why I do not want to have Lazy Loading enabled in my Chrome browser.
Since we are already in Settings, with only 3 clicks, Lazy Loading will be gone!
- Under ‘Enable Lazy Image Loading’ select ‘Disabled’ in the blue drop down.
- Under ‘Enable Lazy Frame Loading’ select ‘Disabled’ in the blue drop down.
- Click ‘Relaunch Google Chrome’.
Now that it is Disabled, your web pages should load without Lazy Loading.
Plus your privacy and security should be preserved as you are happily clicking away.
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