Here’s how to make Google Chrome less battery-hungry on your laptop

My love for Google Chrome, like my hatred for it, fluctuates regularly. While it’s a great browser, it consumes a lot of power and can bring even the most powerful of systems to its knees.

To alleviate the problem, I recently discovered the Auto Tab Discard extension. The latter considerably reduces the amount of system resources consumed by the Google Chrome browser. By the way, it also exists on Firefox. This extension actually made Chrome supportable on my systems. It’s a good plugin, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Google Chrome is the Internet browser developed by Google, based on the Open Source Chromium project, the browser is fast and allows you to open as many pages as you want thanks to its tabbed management.

  • Downloads: 127
  • Release date : 05/10/2022
  • Author : Google
  • Licence : Free License
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  • Operating system : Android – Linux – Windows – Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

But there’s another Chrome problem that’s more difficult to manage: battery consumption.

The application that consumes the most energy

If you’re on a desktop computer, you shouldn’t be concerned. It is also not a problem if your laptop is permanently connected to the mains.

But if you regularly use your laptop on battery power, then Chrome is a heavy drain, and dramatically reduces your machine’s runtime on battery power.

I use a MacBook Pro, and Chrome is still the most power-consuming app. It is true that the problem is less important on the new MacBook Pro M1, because it has excellent battery life. However, whenever I look at my apps’ power consumption, going to Activity Monitor, then looking at “Energy Impact” and “12 Hour Power,” Google’s browser comes out on top. It is therefore not your best ally if you want to have the best possible autonomy.

Change browser

So what are your options?

To start, your best option is not to use Chrome, and to favor the browser provided with your operating system: Edge for Windows, Safari for macOS. This is what provides the best management of system resources and battery life, in all the tests I’ve done.

Yet many users still refuse to use Edge or Safari. Hence the popularity of Google Chrome.

Save energy

So, are there other options?

Yes there is. And I have tried many. Among them, the installation of the Auto Tab Discard extension. The latter makes a difference, it is true, but the improvement remains modest, at best.

Auto Tab Discard is a free extension for Google Chrome that can reduce your browser’s power consumption and therefore save battery for your laptop.

  • Downloads: 5
  • Release date : 04/12/2022
  • Author : play.quroi
  • Licence : Free License
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  • Operating system : Google Chrome extension – Microsoft Edge extension – Mozilla Firefox extension

So which solution works best?

Close the browser when you are not using it. Yes, you read that right: close Google Chrome.

It may seem obvious, but most users don’t do it. We tend to let apps run constantly in the background, and then complain about the system resources and battery consumed. When in fact, it was enough to turn them off.

So yes, restarting the browser will take longer, more so if you have a lot of tabs. But the browser won’t consume battery power while it’s closed: it only consumes power when launched. So turn off Chrome when you want to get the most out of your laptop, whether you’re using Windows or macOS.


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