Google has released Memory and Energy Saver modes for Chrome on multiple platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chromebooks. These modes were announced in December and are now enabled by default in future releases. The modes can be accessed in the Chrome Settings > Performance menu where you can toggle them on or off based on your preference.

Google Chrome Performance Controls Settings

More Free Memory and Less CPU Load

The Memory Saver mode automatically frees up memory from inactive tabs, allowing more resources for other pages and apps on the computer. Inactive tabs remain visible and reload instantly upon navigation. Google claims Memory Saver reduces Chrome’s memory usage by up to 30%.

The Energy Saver mode helps conserve battery power by limiting background activity and visual effects, like animations and smooth scrolling, and reducing video frame rates. Users may notice changes in video and gaming performance when the mode is active. Energy Saver can be automatically enabled when the battery reaches 20% or is unplugged.

Memory and Energy Saver modes were widely released with Chrome 110. If the modes are not available, users can access them via the chrome://flags/#battery-saver-mode-available and chrome://flags/#high-efficiency-mode-available flags.

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