Google Chrome’s latest version (version 110) comes with new tools that aim to address the longstanding issue of memory consumption that has been plaguing the browser for a while. The update introduces two optimization features that target battery life and memory usage on desktop web browsers, specifically on machines running the latest version of Chrome.
Chrome’s Energy Saver and Memory Saver modes were initially announced in December 2022 alongside the release of Chrome 108. Now, as reported by Android Police, these two optimization utilities are starting to roll out globally onto Chrome 110 desktops for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. The features are expected to provide users with a smoother browsing experience while freeing up much-needed RAM for more intensive tasks.
The Memory Saver mode, for instance, works by temporarily snoozing Chrome tabs that are not currently in use to free up RAM. This makes for a more seamless browsing experience that is less likely to stutter or freeze, even when multiple tabs are open. Users who tend to hoard multiple tabs need not worry, however, as the inactive tabs are still visible and can be reloaded at any time to pick up from where they were left off. The most frequently used websites can also be marked as exempt from the Memory Saver to ensure they run at the maximum possible performance.
Meanwhile, the Energy Saver mode helps to limit unnecessary background websites activity, such as visual effects like smooth scrolling on animations or videos. The feature can be set to activate when a device running Chrome is reduced to 20 percent battery, or from the moment you unplug from a power source. Although Google has not specified how much battery the feature might save, it is still a valuable tool for those who rely on Chrome for extended periods while on battery power.
Both the Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes are enabled by default on devices running Chrome 110. Users can disable them at any time by heading into the Performance tab of their system settings.
The release of Chrome’s Energy Saver and Memory Saver modes marks a significant step towards addressing the memory hogging problem that has long been associated with the popular web browser. With these new optimization features, Chrome users can enjoy a more efficient and seamless browsing experience while conserving battery life on their devices.