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Google fixes Chrome's memory hog problems

by on21 February 2023

Should fix battery life too

Google has released optimisation features designed to improve battery life and memory usage on machines running the latest version of its Chrome desktop web browser. 

We have been waiting for Chrome's new Energy Saver and Memory Saver modes since they were first announced in December last year alongside the release of Chrome 108. Now the two optimisation utilities are starting to roll out globally onto Chrome 110 desktops for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.

Memory Saver is not exactly high tech.  It basically snoozes Chrome tabs that aren't in use to free up RAM for more intensive tasks and create a smoother browsing experience.

Tab hoarders can still see the inactive tabs and reload them at any time. Your most used websites can also be marked as exempt from Memory Saver to ensure they're always running at the maximum possible performance.

Energy Saver mode works in a similar way. It limits any unnecessary background website activity, such as visual effects like smooth scrolling on animations or videos. You can choose to have it kick in when a device running Chrome is reduced to 20 percent battery, or from the moment you unplug from a power source. 


Last modified on 21 February 2023
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