Google Chrome is getting new Memory Saver and Energy Saver modes

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Starting today, Google’s Chrome desktop web browser has two new performance modes: Memory Saver and Energy Saver. The new modes will allow users to reduce Chrome’s memory usage by up to 30 percent and extend battery life when a device is running low, according to Google.

The Memory Saver mode frees up memory from tabs that are not currently in use, which should make for a smoother browsing experience. You can also mark important websites as exempt from Memory Saver to keep them performing at their best.

A gif showing Google Chrome's new memory saving mode in action.  The gif zooms in on the taskbar and offers a sample text box.

Memory Saver mode uses up to 30 percent less memory when active.
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Power Saver optimizes potential battery life by limiting background activity and visual effects (such as smooth scrolling) on ​​websites with animations or videos when a device running Chrome is reduced to 20 percent battery. While it’s not clear how long the battery life can be extended, every minute counts when you forget your charger.

A gif of Google Chrome's new Energy Saver mode.  The gif zooms in on a desktop taskbar in Chrome and shows a text box with the text

Power saving mode limits power to website effects that run in the background when your device’s battery hits 20 percent, allowing it to use any remaining power before charging.
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Both new modes rolled out today as part of the latest Chrome release for desktop (m108) and will be available worldwide sometime in the coming weeks. When Memory Saver and Energy Saver arrive on your device, you can find them in the three-dot settings menu in Chrome. Both functions can be enabled or disabled independently of each other.

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