Hardware news Google Chrome will finally stop eating all your RAM!
Published on 27/10/2022 at 17:05
Google Chrome is known to be very RAM intensive compared to other browsers. The firm is aware of this and is implementing a new setting to spend less. Finally !
Google Chrome, a RAM pump
It’s one of the most popular jokes on the internet, but on can only prove all the detractors of Google Chrome right, as what it is necessary to be equipped with a ton of RAM to be able to support the simultaneous opening of a dozen or so tabs of the browser of the American firm.
This does not prevent Google Chrome from dominating its sector and being present in more than half of the devices worldwide. In fact, approximately 58% of users prefer it, far ahead of Safari (Apple’s home browser) with 21% and Firefox with 8%.
But Google does not seem to want to rest on its achievements, and understands the importance of retaining its users in order to retain them for their various products and services.
So we got together in California to launch a new section in the browser settings, dedicated to energy saving.
Finally a Google Chrome tweak to save RAM!
After years of suffering, it may finally be the end. Imagine a world where you can open tons of Chrome tabs without breaking a sweat or having to close them regularly to not see your experience seriously slowed down.
This is exactly the purpose of this new browser tweak called “Performance”. If you are on the latest version of Chrome (version 107), you should see this new section appear. It is the user u/Leopeva62-2 who shows it to us on Reddit.
When you open the settings, “Performances” is placed above “Languages”, and already offers several options that we can adapt according to our needs. The example here is in English, but you should have the French version of course.
Concretely, there are two categories:
Performances : from now on, Google Chrome makes unused tabs inactive. Thus, the RAM they consume disappears in favor of other tabs and other activities in progress. When you re-click on these tabs, they instantly reactivate. Google lets you choose sites where the tabs are always active.Energy saving mode: in addition to the new tab RAM management, a mode can now be activated for Reduce visual effects and background activity to save your computer’s battery life. You can choose whether this option activates when the computer is unplugged or when the battery drops to 20% or less.
As a bonus, Google occasionally sends you an alert to let you know how much RAM is being saved using the new setting.
We say congratulations to Google Chrome, especially since the‘one of the advantages of a competitor like Microsoft Edge which consumes little memory, it is precisely this option to “put to sleep” the inactive tabs, and it works really well. People content with 8 GB of RAM will finally be able to sleep soundly.