Yes ok Google Chrome is one of the best web browsers, over the years it has earned a reputation for being something of a resource hog, gobbling up your PC’s memory like it’s going out of style. That can be a problem if you’re running other resource-intensive tasks and don’t want things to slow down.
Now, Chrome has been updated with two new features that reduce memory usage and extend your laptop’s battery life, according to Google. The changes will roll out today with the latest version of Chrome on desktop (version m108).
The first new feature, called Memory Saver, is designed to reduce the amount of memory Chrome tabs use. It does this by freeing up memory from idle tabs, putting them to sleep so they can’t monopolize your system resources. When you need to access the tabs again, they will reload and become active.
The objective of Energy Saver, meanwhile, is self-explanatory – helping your laptop battery last longer – but it does it in a somewhat interesting way. When the battery drops to 20%, Chrome will attempt to extend battery life by “limiting background activity and visual effects for websites with animations and videos.” Presumably, this means that Chrome will limit the kind of flashy effects that have made a comeback in web design in recent years.
Google says that when these new features are released, users will still be able to customize them to their liking. You can disable Memory Saver or Energy Saver (or both) and mark certain websites as exempt in Chrome settings.
The changes could become important. While Chrome has managed to become the dominant Windows web browser and one of the best browsers for Mac, it has been plagued by poor memory management for years. If Memory Saver and Energy Saver can help improve that, and make your battery last longer, then Google might have fixed Chrome’s biggest problem.
Both Memory Saver and Energy Saver will launch globally in the coming weeks. The features are coming to Chrome on Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS.