What is Google Chrome Helper Renderer on Mac and How to Disable It

Despite being massively popular on all operating systems, Google Chrome can cause equally massive issues on your computer. For example, in the case of Mac, Google Chrome tends to make your Mac hot even overheating.

It does this because Chrome is a very resource-demanding web browser. And why Chrome eats up RAM and CPU power is partly because of Google Chrome Helper Render.

Hi, I’m Andreas, and I like my Mac like my beer – just the right temperature! I’m a software developer and heavy Chrome user so I tend to push my computer to the limits and sometimes those limits mean heating up the Mac too much.

In this article, I will share with you all about the Google Chrome Helper Render issue Mac users face and how to disable it. In addition, I will go into more detail explaining the tool and what it does.

So, let’s start.  

What is Google Chrome Helper Render

As I mentioned previously, Google Chrome Helper Render is a tool we don’t interact with or see unless we specifically look for it. 

The tool makes it seamless to keep Chrome’s framework intact when downloading third-party content such as extensions. You can think of Google Chrome Helper as a link between the browser and third-party applications

While that might seem like an innovative tool, we mustn’t forget that not every extension is 100% compatible with Chrome. The compatibility issues force Google Chrome Helper to use more RAM and CPU than it should.

It does this to enable the extensions to work seamlessly. So, to summarize, Google Chrome Helper compromises hardware resources to make extensions work as intended. 

I’ve come to find that this is a big issue. While I commend Google for making poorly-optimized extensions work as intended, it can make my Mac super hot in return. 

Overheating can be a massive issue for Mac users. That’s why you’re better off disabling Google Chrome Helper Render. Here is how to do it.

Easy Steps to Disable Google Chrome Helper Render 

As you’ll find out, disabling the tool isn’t rocket science; instead, it will only take a minute. So here is what you need to do.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome.

Step 2: Next, open the “Activity Monitor” by pressing Command” + Spacebar.”

Step 3: Look for “Google Chrome Helper (Render)” in the activity monitor. If you notice the tool taking a lot of CPU usage, you need to disable it. 

Step 4: Select Google Chrome Helper (Render) and click on the “X” button at the top of the Activity Monitor tab.  

These simple steps will disable the tool and free up much-needed CPU and memory resources. In turn, it will also make your Mac cool down. 

Bear in mind that you will need to reload your current tabs. 

Alternative Solutions to Consider

Sometimes, the problem isn’t with Google Chrome Helper but the extensions you’re using. If you have any plugins or poorly-optimized extensions installed on your Chrome, you must delete them.

Here is how to do that.

Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and navigate to the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Go to “More Tools” and click on “Extensions.”

Step 3: From the list of extensions, delete the ones you don’t need or think are causing the issue. Delete them by pressing the “Remove” button.


This concludes my short guide on how to disable Google Chrome Helper Render. I hope I’ve thoroughly explained what the tool is and what causes the issues.  

After disabling the tool, you will notice a performance increase. Do it every time you see your Mac overheating or acting slow. Subsequently, make sure to delete extensions that might interfere with the tool.

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