Google has released optimization features designed to improve battery life and memory usage on machines running the latest version of the Chrome desktop web browser. Chrome is new Energy Saving and Memory Saving modes were first announced last December along with the release of Chrome 108, and now as noted by android policethe two optimization tools are rolling out globally to Chrome 110 desktops for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.
Memory Saver mode essentially snoozes Chrome tabs that aren’t currently in use to free up RAM for more intensive tasks and create a smoother browsing experience. Don’t worry if you’re a tab hoarder though, as these inactive tabs are still visible and can be reloaded at any time to pick up where you left off. Your most used websites can also be marked as Memory Saver exempt to ensure they always run at the highest possible performance.
Energy Saver mode similarly limits all unnecessary website activity in the background, such as visual effects such as smooth scrolling on animations or videos. You can choose to have it run when a device running Chrome drops to 20 percent battery, or from the moment you unplug it. However, Google didn’t mention how much juice the feature could save.
Both Memory Saver and Energy Saver are enabled by default on devices running Chrome 110 and can be disabled at any time by going to the Performance tab of your system settings.