Energy saving tips for Google Chrome. How do I make sure that Google Chrome uses less battery power? And will the battery last longer?
The answer is yes. There are a few simple tips you can apply to make Google Chrome more efficient and battery power saving.
Google Chrome, like any other web browser on any operating system, is a major energy user. This is because Google Chrome performs a number of processes in the background that ensure that the website is displayed properly.
Let’s start with the simplest way to make Google Chrome more energy efficient.
Updating Google Chrome
To save energy with Google Chrome it is important that you always have the latest version of Google Chrome installed.
In our article, Update Google Chrome, you can see how to update Google Chrome to the latest version for optimal energy consumption.
Google Chrome – The Great Suspender extension
One of the most energy consuming features in Google Chrome are tabs. When tabs remain open, they constantly consume computer resources such as memory.
This is where the browser extension: The Great Suspender comes in useful. This browser extension ensures that you can reduce the tabs resources and their energy consumption on the computer battery.
After installing The Great Suspender extension you can change the settings for tabs. The following settings are very useful.
Pausing Google Chrome tabs to save energy
You can set a time after which tabs are automatically paused. If a tab is paused, you can see this by the icon of the website (favorite icon) that becomes gray.
If you go back to the paused tab you will see that The Great Suspender has replaced the tab for a refresh page.
If you click on the tab then The Great Suspender will load the website again from the point where the website was paused.
There is, however, one problem with The Great Suspender.
When you reload the tab after it has been suspended you will lose information you have entered in form fields etc. This is where Tab Discarding by Google is useful, I’ll discuss this Google Chrome experimental feature in the next chapter.
To avoid having to click the content to reload the website, it is also possible to automatically reloaded the tab when suspended.
In the menu Suspended tabs you will see an option: Automatically unsuspend tab when it is viewed.
If you enable this option you no longer need to click to reload the tab.
Google Chrome – Discarding Tab
Since version 46 of Google Chrome, Chrome now also allows users to enable tab discarding without the use of a browser extension.
The tab discarding feature in Google Chrome offers a number of advantages. The tabs are managed by Google Chrome itself, without any addition of a browser extension. This makes Chrome faster and more efficient.
In addition, tab discarding in Google Chrome is fully automatic and most importantly; it preserves data such as form data and content, scroll position and preserves the navigation to go to the previous page.
Although Google Chrome closes the tabs, the tab remains visible and no data is lost. This is helpful.
Enable tab discarding
Open the Google Chrome browser. In the navigation bar type (or copy – paste): chrome://flags/#enable-tab-discarding
Turn on the feature: Automatic tab discarding.
If enabled, tabs get automatically discarded from memory when the system memory is low.
Discarded tabs are still visible on the tab strip and get reloaded when clicked on. Info about discarded tabs can be found at chrome://discards. – Mac, WindowsGoogle Chrome team
Now restart Google Chrome to apply the settings.
To manage the tabs and for more technical information you can open the following page in the Google Chrome navigation bar: chrome://discards
At the end of this article, you will find a link to read more information about tab discarding by Google.
Google Chrome – Close background apps
If you close Google Chrome, did you know that Google Chrome for Windows keeps running in the background? These processes are background processes and they serve to make Google Chrome run faster while start and to let plugins and extension perform actions on the background.
Disabling background processes when Google Chrome is closed will save you a lot of energy, this only works on Microsoft Windows.
Open Google Chrome, click on the Google Chrome menu and select Settings. Scroll down and click Advanced.
Scroll down to Continue running Background apps when Google Chrome is closed and uncheck the option.
After applying this energy-saving Google Chrome settings, an average battery now lasts 1.5 hours longer. This is a considerable energy gain for these simple Google Chrome settings.
Read more about Google Tab Discarding.
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