Google says the latest version of Chrome for desktop devices now comes with a new performance-boosting feature designed to free up memory and make web browsing smoother.
The new feature, dubbed Memory Saver, will free up to 30% of all memory by suspending inactive tabs, system memory that will be used by active tabs.
“Memory Saver Mode frees up memory from tabs you’re not currently using so active websites you browse have the smoothest experience possible,” Mark Chang, Group Product Manager, explained today. Chromium.
“This is especially useful if you’re running other intensive applications, like editing home videos or gaming.”
Suspended inactive tabs will be automatically reloaded when users need them. You’ll also be able to mark your most important websites so Memory Saver knows not to suspend their tabs.
Google also today announced a second performance-boosting feature, known as Power Saver, that can extend your laptop’s battery life.
This mode will trigger once the battery drops to 20% and it saves power by limiting certain visual effects and background activity in open tabs.
“When you’re browsing the web with Chrome and your device’s battery level reaches 20%, Chrome saves battery by limiting background activity and visual effects for websites with animations and videos “, said Chang added.
Although introduced with the latest desktop version of Google Chrome, the memory-saving and power-saving features will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks to Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS devices.
You can disable both modes from Google Chrome’s Settings menu accessible through the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
In July, Google also announced that it had started testing a new “Quick Intensive Throttling” feature which would reduce CPU usage time by 10%, thus extending the battery life of laptops and mobile devices.
This is still in the developer trial phase and can be enabled by enabling the Chrome #quick-intensive-throttling-after-loading flag via chrome://flags.