Google Chrome promises to increase your computer’s battery life by two hours

Like its competitor Safari, Google Chrome wants to hunt for unnecessary energy consumption. How? ‘Or’ What ? By pausing scripts that reload in the tabs left open. During tests on 36 open tabs, the developers managed to gain up to two hours of autonomy.

Since the browser has become the number 1 software on a computer , or even a smartphone , it is also the one that has become the most demanding of system resources. CPU usage , RAM usage … When we take a look at the Task Manager, we discover that the browser is very greedy, and necessarily, on a laptop, that translates into increased battery consumption. Same thing on a phone.

It is for this reason that Google has decided that the energy saving of the Chrome browser will  be its new workhorse. According to TheWindowsClub , the objective is simple: reduce its energy consumption to allow at the same time to increase autonomy . How? ‘Or’ What ? By reducing the resources used by the tabs left open in the background, but not consulted.

A function already present in Safari

Since they are not displayed by the user, Chrome wants to put them “on standby”, and more particularly Javascript , by limiting the intervals of their “waking up” to one minute. These tasks relate, for example, to updating advertising banners or the location of the mouse cursor on the page. By default, Chrome spends its time reloading these functions. These modifications seem minor but, on a computer having opened 36 tabs , this improved the autonomy by 28%, a gain of two hours!

We will have to wait for the arrival of Chrome 86 to take advantage of this new function. It will allow the Google browser to align with Safari  which already offers this option. Note also that this will only affect versions of Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux , Android and Chrome OS. But not iOS