Google has announced two major updates for the Chrome browser: Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes allow you to reduce RAM and power consumption respectively.
Modern browsers use up quite a bit of memory. While this usually doesn’t pose a particular problem for the owner of a desktop machine with 32 GB or more of RAM, it can make life quite difficult for users of ordinary office PCs, especially when many tabs are open at the same time.
Google promises that its Memory Saver mode will let you reduce memory usage (up to 30%) by hibernating inactive tabs. They are simply reloaded, but only when the user accesses them. Meanwhile, if the laptop’s battery level falls below 20%, the power saving mode will limit background activity and the display of visual effects on websites with animations and videos.
The features will roll out globally to Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS in the coming weeks with the Chrome Version 108 update. You can easily exclude individual pages from the idle state or, if there is no need to save, deactivate the corresponding functions completely.
Google’s announcement follows Microsoft’s announcement that Edge hibernated 1.38 billion tabs in September alone, a feature that isn’t unique in the market. According to Microsoft, similar functionality in Edge allows the browser to save 83% of the memory it normally uses.
The company is known to have introduced a mode two years ago that puts unused tabs to sleep after 30 seconds – 5 minutes of inactivity, depending on your settings. Earlier this year, the functionality was expanded with the release of Edge 100. In addition, Edge can automatically reduce CPU usage when it detects that the user is running a game on the computer. It should be noted that the appearance of similar functions in Chrome is more important for the time being. According to statistics, almost 70% of computer users use this browser, while Edge accounts for just over 11%.