Google Chrome adds memory and power saving modes to Mac, Windows and Chromebook

In Chrome 108, Google is introducing Memory Saver and Power Saver modes to improve browser performance and battery life respectively.

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In the settings you will see a new parameter “Performance” menu on the sidebar. The Memory Saver function “frees memory from inactive tabs”. so that active websites have “the smoothest possible experience” and other running applications get “more computer resources” 

Your inactive tabs will remain visible. When you reopen an inactive tab, it automatically reloads.

In the address bar on the right, Chrome will note when “Memory Saver is enabled” with a speed dial icon. The ribbon shows how many KB of memory have been freed up for other tabs, and Google reports that “Chrome is using 30% less memory.” as a result. You can also disable this feature from this request.

Tick “Always keep these sites active” The list below the settings toggle allows you to prevent Chrome from deactivating certain sites. Google recommends using the Memory Saver feature to “keep active video and game tabs running smoothly.” “/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/485e6fc8fa16383386bc4ffdf8f7a141.jpg” />

In the meantime, you can reduce power consumption and extend battery life by turning on Energy Saver. Chrome does this by limiting background activity and image capture speed. Visual effects such as animation, smooth scrolling, and video frame rates will also be reduced. 

Google notes how you “may notice changes in game and video performance.” Energy saving is marked to the right of the omnibox with a leaf icon. You can enable it manually at any time, or you can do this:

  • Enable only when battery level is 20% or below
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Memory and power saving will be rolled out to Google Chrome 108 for Mac, Windows and Chromebooks worldwide “over the next few weeks” (Linux is not mentioned today.) If it's not already deployed on your device, try these two flags:

  • chrome://flags/#battery-saver-mode-available
  • chrome://flags/#high-efficiency-mode-available

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