Google Chrome has been the world’s most popular web browser for over a decade. However, users have long been complaining about its impact on computer performance. Chrome’s extensive resource usage has been causing sluggishness, reducing battery life, and consuming large amounts of memory. Fortunately, Google has finally addressed these issues with the release of two new optimization features: Energy Saver and Memory Saver modes.
In this article, we’ll explore these new modes in detail, how they work, and how to enable or disable them. We’ll also look at how these features affect the browser’s performance, battery life, and memory usage. By the end of this guide, you’ll be able to make the most of Chrome’s new optimization features and enjoy a faster, smoother, and more efficient browsing experience.
Introducing Google Chrome’s New Optimization Features
In December 2022, Google announced the release of two new optimization features, Energy Saver and Memory Saver modes, alongside the release of Chrome 108. The new modes were aimed at enhancing a computer’s battery life and memory usage while using the most recent version of Chrome’s desktop web browser.
Memory Saver Mode: How It Works
Chrome’s Memory Saver mode is designed to optimize memory usage by putting inactive tabs to sleep, freeing up RAM for more demanding tasks. When you have multiple tabs open, but you’re only actively using one or two of them, Chrome will automatically put the others to sleep. This mode helps reduce the amount of memory that Chrome uses, resulting in a smoother browsing experience.
You need not worry if you have a habit of hoarding tabs, as these inactive tabs will remain open and can be loaded again at any time to resume where you left off. As an added convenience, you can exclude your most frequently visited sites from Memory Saver to guarantee they always run at top speed. This feature is especially useful if you frequently work with multiple tabs open and tend to forget to close them.
Energy Saver Mode: How It Works
Chrome’s Energy Saver mode is designed to reduce the loading time of pages and disable unnecessary website features like smooth video or animation scrolling. This mode is particularly useful when you’re using a laptop or mobile device and want to save battery life.
For Chrome-powered devices, you can set Energy Saver mode to activate at 20 percent battery life or immediately after disconnecting from a power source. Google hasn’t said how much energy this feature could potentially save, but it’s likely to be significant, particularly on devices with lower battery capacity.
How to Enable or Disable Memory Saver and Energy Saver Modes
Devices running Chrome 110 have Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes enabled by default. However, users may turn off either feature at any time by accessing the Performance settings page. Here’s how to enable or disable these modes:
- Open Google Chrome and click the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down and click on “Advanced.”
- In the “Privacy and security” section, click on “Site settings.”
- Scroll down and click on “Performance.”
- Here you will find options to enable or disable Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes.