I’m going to say this straight up, so there’s no confusion: Google Chrome is my favorite browser, both for PC and mobile. Google’s own browser comes with a slew of features, not to mention great integration with other Google services. I’m a person grounded in Google and I tend to use everything that’s got something to do with the search engine giant. I don’t do it because of loyalty or because I don’t know any better, but because so far, I haven’t encountered Google Chrome bugs nor have I found alternative browsers that offer the things I genuinely use with Chrome.
Since we’ve got the biased things out of the way, let me explain objectively why I prefer Google Chrome over Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer (that’s a duh), Opera, Safari, Dolphin or any other browser out there. First off, Google Chrome bugs are virtually non-existent most of the time. But the true advantage of Chrome lies in integration and extensions. The browser is fast, speedy even with 10 extensions eating up memory. I’ve been using Chrome for the past 3 years, and for 2 years and 10 months, it was perfect.
All of my Google accounts where in one place and I could sync them from any device that had Google Chrome installed, which is a great thing to have. I have a lot of accounts on various forums, social media, Reddit, content aggregators, video sharing services and the list goes on. Since I try to be a secure person, I set different passwords for each account and I honestly have trouble remembering them, so Google Chrome does it for me on every device I sync up to.
I have a choice between thousands of extensions, and I usually use about 10 on a regular basis. Most Google extensions, Pinterest, Buffer, Pushbullet, Analytics, Pocket and LastPass. You would imagine that when you are a writer, especially a journalist, you juggle those tabs like crazy. I have a two-monitor setup on my desk, so I can make switching between tabs easier. That means that Google Chrome usually has two windows open, one for each display, and about 10 tabs on average on each window. Granted, I am fortunate enough to be in possession of a pretty beefy laptop, so there shouldn’t be any problem running so many things at once. For Pete’s sake, I can play GTA IV and Fallout New Vegas at the same time (sort of) without my laptop showing signs of tiredness.
That being said, you would image that Google Chrome bugs aren’t really affecting me. Well, they are. And to be clear: I checked and re-checked every forum and website I could find, and I found no fix. I might be overlooking something, though, that’s never out of the question. After reading my Google Chrome bugs story, feel free to comment and tell me if I’ve missed something. I would appreciate any kind of help, because Google is not getting back to me, after countless issue reports.
First off, the more annoying Google Chrome bugs. One of my biggest task when writing and editing is dealing with pictures and attachments. I download and upload all kinds of attachments with ease from emails, but I can download most anything with no issue using Google Chrome and I love the fact that your downloads are actionable right from the bottom of the browser, that way I can easily use drag and drop where possible. Now I haven’t encountered this issue on any other computer, to be fair, but I couldn’t reproduce the setup I’m using when testing the Google Chrome bugs. My problem is with pictures: JPG, JPEG, PNG or any other picture file format.
What problem could I have with them? A really annoying one. When I try to download, or upload a photo to WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other type of site, everything goes well until I hit the save button after renaming the file. At that moment, Google Chrome is done. FINITO! It completely freezes up and doesn’t respond. At first, I would have to wait about 11 minutes after each incident and the browser would magically return to normal, with the file I downloaded or uploaded in its rightful place. That kept on going for about 2 weeks, during which I sent multiple reports to Google Chrome, notifying them of the issue. Before stomping my feet and pointing fingers, I made sure to re-install Chrome and try again. I tried with no extensions and also without using multiple windows, as well as tried adjusting the resolution on my monitors so the GPU wouldn’t get confused or something. No use. Nothing changed.
Actually, it got worse. After a couple of weeks of dealing with just the waiting time until the browser became responsive again, it got worse. Indeed. Now, whenever I try to repeat the downloading and uploading process, Google Chrome completely freezes up and never returns to normal. I need to stop the process, because the program is completely unresponsive. After I stop all the 30 Google Chrome processes I’ve got going in my Task Manager (multiple windows, multiple tabs), then Chrome shuts down. I can restart the browser immediately and do a “restore tabs” and everything is back to normal. Sometimes the file I tried downloading or uploading even shows up in its designated spot. But that only happens sometimes.
This or rather these Google Chrome bugs have rendered me miserable. I don’t want to, under any circumstances, switch browsers completely, because I genuinely love Chrome. But now, I have to do use two browsers. One for uploading and downloading photos and another for all the rest. Mozilla Firefox is my obvious choice for this, and I don’t have any issues with it. Save for the occasionnal sluggish performance and bad loading. But I want to be able to use Chrome! So my question is: Why does Google not respond to my requests and reports after about 4 months of me experiencing this issue? Have any of you encountered similar Google Chrome bugs or am I the victim of some weird conspiracy?