Finally, there is a hidden setting to prevent Chrome from killing your laptop battery

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From All web browsers to choose from These days, Chrome is still the most popular for some reason. practicallyEveryone uses it, and as such, everyone knows that it eats up battery power — and the more tabs you open and the more extensions you use, the worse the power drain becomes. While we have tried to help you in the past with Solutions to reduce power usage in Chrome, is no longer necessary. Google has finally implemented an official Low Power Mode solution that you can enable in one step.

As reported by How-To GeekGoogle has dropped a new “Energy Saver” feature along with the release of Google Play Chrome 108. When the option is enabled, Chrome will conserve your battery by reducing background activity, visualizations, and frame rates. You will likely notice a change in performance when browsing with these three limited components. Animations and scrolling may appear choppy, and Chrome’s overall speed may decrease. But I would if it meant I could actually get through a full day of work without being tethered to my charger.

However, at this point it’s not clear how much battery power it will actually conserve, since the feature is so new. Still, it seems worth a try, even squeezing a few extra minutes of juice out of my MacBook.

How to enable low power mode in Chrome 108

The first step is to update Chrome to at least version 108. If it doesn’t update automatically, you can force an update for Windows, Mac, or Linux by clicking the three dots in the upper-right corner, and choosing Help > About Google Chrome. Hit Restart once Chrome downloads the update.

Then you’ll have to do some digging, because Google hasn’t (yet) flagged the new user-facing option – there’s no obvious battery saver setting; Instead, the feature is hidden behind the feature tag. (Google launched new beta features as flags that it doesn’t consider ready for the general public, but it does We are Good enough for tinkerers to try. The company warns that enabling flags can mess with your browser and its data, but Energy Saver seems relatively safe to try.)

If you want to tinker with the power saver, type chrome://flags in the address bar, then press Enter. Here, tap on the Search Tags field and type in “battery” to pull up “Enable battery saver mode feature in settings” (the meta tag is “#Battery-saver-mode-available”). Click on Default, change the setting to Enabled, and then press Restart to restart the app. Once Chrome opens back up, head to Settings, then tap the new Performance tab to see Power Saving.

From here, you have two options. You can either turn on Power Saving when your laptop reaches 20% battery, or you can choose to keep the feature on anytime your laptop isn’t connected to a charger. I didn’t bring my charger to work today so I know the option I Selection.

The feature will appear as an electric leaf in the menu bar. You can’t switch between the two power saving modes here, but you can disable it entirely, which makes it a convenient kill switch should you need it.

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