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Google Chrome gets memory- and power-saving modes


Google’s Chrome browser has long been plagued by memory system-sucking issues — especially when multiple tabs are open — but the world’s most popular browser today got an upgrade to optimize both device battery power and memory use.

With the latest release of Chrome on desktop, Google will be introducing two new performance settings: Memory Saver and Energy Saver. When they’re used, Google said Chrome will consume up to 30% less memory and extend a device’s battery when it’s running low.

“We’ll be rolling out both Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes over the next several weeks globally for Windows, macOS and ChromeOS,” Mark Chang, group product manager for Chrome, wrote in a company blog.

When the new features arrive, they will run natively until users choose to turn them off manually or mark “important websites” to make them exempt from Memory Saver.

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Chrome’s Memory Saver mode can be manually turned off by accessing the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of the browser page.

Users can find the Memory Savor control tucked away under the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of a Chrome browser windows.

Chrome’s overuse of system memory has in the past limited the amount available for other programs running on a computer or other device. The problems even led to Chrome struggling to cache information for quick access, which negates the use of the RAM in the first place.

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