My Life with 64 Bit Google Chrome

Every since Google released the 64 bit version of Chrome via the developer channels in June (aka Canary builds) I have been running it. Running the developer channel has a couple of caveats. 1)It updates often, usually once, sometimes twice a day. You will see the green glow or yellow glow of the Hamburger in the upper right corner telling you something is amiss and you need to probably run an update. Faithfully I will usually run it if the Hamburger is glowing.


Hamburger Menu

The early releases didn’t like PDFs so I had to go in and disable Chrome Canary from loading PDFs in the browser as it would just display a blank page. As soon as I put in a bug report, this issue was resolved with the next update. Ask and you shall receive it seems.

The other bugs were it didn’t synchronize my settings, passwords, or install any of my extensions. So I had to re-install them all. Some like Hootsuite weren’t always happy about the 64 bit platform though it got better and has been mostly stable. This has greatly improved and all my favs are working fine.

Canary In A Chrome Coal Mine
Canary In A Chrome Coal Mine

Some days Chrome would get so laggy and all of the tabs would be blank. I would have to do a refresh (early on, only restarted resolved this). This only happens occasionally. Some of the things I do like are it is a hair faster and that it uses less memory. I keep a lot of tabs open and I use Chrome’s profile feature (which doesn’t come over from the 32 bit so you have to set it up again) so you may freak out when you see how many Chrome processes I have running currently. Notice they do not have the *32 bit designation by them, pure 64 bit baby!

Chrome Processes


Now the Beta of Chrome has finally been released. Remember, treat Canary as Alpha and Beta as well, beta. Don’t put your hopes and dreams into it.

Google Chrome Beta