'Aw, Snap' Chrome Error

Google Chrome is the most widely used Web browser, and the next one is not even close. Even a large number of Mac users prefer using it over the other alternatives. However, sometimes users may suddenly encounter an error displaying an 'Aw, snap! Something went wrong while displaying this Web page.' Instead of panicking, users might be fortunate enough to fix this issue by simply reloading the page. Although quite obviously, doing so often all that is needed is to move past this particular error. Other quick fixes include checking the Internet connection. Open a new page in Chrome, start another browser or any application that requires to be connected to the Internet to work properly. If you notice that they too are running into problems, then the underlying cause may be your Wi-Fi or an issue with the ISP (Internet Service Provider). Another good test is to try opening the malfunctioning page in another browser. If it fails to load there as well then the problem is not related to Chrome.

Clear the cache

If the page opens normally in another browser, it could point that Chrome's cache is causing issues. Clear the cache and check if it fixes the error:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dots icon in the open-right corner.
  2. Select the 'New Incognito Window' option.
  3. Paste the URL of the page causing the ''Aw, Snap' error.
  4. If it now loads normally, a faulty cache is definitely responsible for the error.
  5. Click on the three-dots icon again/
  6. Open 'More Tools.'
  7. Select the 'Clear browsing data' option.
  8. From the available options pick 'All time' and select 'cached images and files,' 'Cookies,' any other data you wish to clear. 
  9. Click on 'Clear Data.'

Free up RAM

Chrome is notorious for eating up huge amounts of RAM, leading to the system running out. If this is the case, consider closing some of the currently open tabs or shutting down active applications that might be using large amounts of RAM.

Uninstall Chrome extensions

Extensions can be extremely useful additions to the browser that allow users to access a variety of different features. However, extensions can take up RAM and CPU cycles, not to mention that they are not kept up-to-date it often may cause incompatibility issues with newer browser versions. To delete outdated extensions from Chome follow the steps:

  1. Click on the three-dots icon on the upper-right side of the Chrome window.
  2. Select 'More tools.'
  3. Open 'Extensions.'
  4. Check the list of installed extensions and remove any that you deem as unnecessary or outdated. Specifically, if you have the Tampermonkey extension, start by disabling it first.