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Chrome set to get new memory and battery saving features

Even Google knows Chrome has become a monster

Chrome, Google’s browser, is infamous for being a memory and battery hold. For many, Chrome is where their device’s RAM goes to die.

Google is looking to change that and, the Chrome team, through Group Product Manager Mark Chang, just announced some sweeping changes that will see the world’s most used web browser slim up and be kinder to batteries, freeing up valuable system resources for use elsewhere.

“With the latest release of Chrome on desktop, we’re introducing two new performance settings so Chrome uses up to 40% and 10GB less memory to keep your tabs running smoothly, and extend your battery when it’s running low,” writes Chang.

How Memory Saver will work in Chrome

Have a bunch of tabs open in Chrome that you plan to come back to later? Memory Saver mode frees up memory from tabs you aren’t currently using so the active websites you’re browsing have the smoothest possible experience. This is especially useful if you’re running other intensive applications, like editing family videos or playing games. Any inactive tabs will be reloaded when you need them.

How Energy Saver will work in Chrome

Running low on battery and don’t have a laptop charger nearby? When you’re browsing the Web with Chrome and your device battery level reaches 20%, Chrome will save battery by limiting background activity and visual effects for websites with animations and videos.

Memory Saver and Energy Saver will be rolling out over the next few weeks and months to users of the browser on macOS, Windows and, of course, ChromeOS.



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