Although Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, it does have its downsides. This is a very resource-intensive software, so Google is constantly working to improve it. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Memory Saver feature for desktop computers, which optimizes the use of PC resources by inactive tabs. The latest Chrome Canary update shows that this feature can be made even better.
Right now, Memory Saver is a simple toggle in Chrome settings that puts inactive tabs to sleep. When a user revisits an inactive tab, the corresponding page is refreshed and the new content is loaded into system memory.
According to one of the enthusiasts exploring new Chrome features, an experimental flag appeared in the Canary build that lets you control when exactly the browser clears data associated with an inactive tab from memory to free up resources.
When the new feature is enabled, users can set the memory cleaning interval from 1 minute to 12 hours. According to reports, by default, “Memory Saver” clears the memory after two hours. The new feature will reduce the load on system resources, especially when it comes to a weak computer or a user who opens countless tabs at the same time. So a user with 2GB of RAM can set the shortest time, and someone with enough memory can set the longest.
It’s also now easier to identify inactive tabs, according to one of the early testers. The favicon above the cleaned tab is noticeably faded.
Together, both improvements offer a more user-friendly memory saver setup. The features are already available in Chrome Canary 115, you can bring up the settings switcher with a command in the address bar chrome://flags#high-efficiency-mode-time-before-discard. It is likely that new functions will soon appear in the finished assembly.