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I currently have 47 tabs open in Google Chrome. If you’re like me, you want to hear about a new update.
In the next few weeks, Google will introduce two Chrome performance settings to save memory and battery power. The update will be available to Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS desktop users with the release of Chrome 108.
Here’s what’s coming and how to make sure you download the updates.
power saving mode
Power saving mode in Google Chrome.
When you’re using a laptop and the battery level reaches 20%, Chrome goes into sleep mode, which saves battery life. It does this by restricting background activities and visual effects for sites with complicated visuals like animations and videos.
When the update is live, you’ll see a leaf icon in the top-right corner of your browser, which you can use to turn on battery saver mode. When your battery life reaches this 20% threshold, the battery-saver mode will automatically turn on.
memory saving mode
Memory saving mode in Google Chrome.
Google also introduces Memory Saver mode. This is for people who have many tabs open at the same time. When a memory saver is enabled, it prioritizes the tabs you actually use. Chrome frees memory from the tabs you’re not currently using, but reloads the inactive tabs for you when you need them.
Google says the new feature means Chrome uses up to 30% less memory to deliver a smoother or faster browsing experience. When it’s in use, you’ll see an icon in the top-right corner of Chrome that indicates how much memory Memory Saver has freed up.
How to update your Chrome browser
The new update will be available worldwide in the next few weeks. Follow the steps below to make sure you’re using the latest version of Chrome.
- Open Chrome on your desktop.
- Click the three dots icon in the top right.
- Go to Help > About Google Chrome.
- Click Update Google Chrome. If you cannot find this button, it means you are already using the latest version.
- After updating, restart the Chrome browser.
- In Settings, you should see a new Performance sidebar menu with these two new features.
You are done.
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