There’s Finally a Hidden Setting to Stop Chrome from Draining Your Laptop’s Battery

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From All web browsers to choose from These days, Chrome is still the most popular for some reason, practicesEveryone uses it, and as such, everyone knows it’s a battery hog — and the more tabs you open and the more extensions you use, the worse the energy drain gets. While we have tried to help you in the past Ways to limit Chrome’s power usage, they are no longer necessary. Google has finally implemented an official “Low Power Mode” solution that you can enable in one step.

Reported by How-To GeekGoogle just gave up on releasing the new “Energy Saver” feature chrome 108, When you enable the option, Chrome will conserve your battery by reducing background activity, visuals, and frame rate. With browsing limited to those three components you will likely see a change in performance. Animations and scrolling may feel choppy, and Chrome’s overall speed may decrease. But I’ll take it if it means I can get a full day’s work done without actually being tied to my charger.

That said, it’s unclear at this time how much battery Energy Saver will actually conserve, since the feature is so new. Still, it seems worth trying to squeeze an extra few 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 hasn’t updated automatically, you can force Windows, Mac, or Linux to update by clicking the three dots in the top-right corner. Help > About Google Chrome, Press “Relaunch” once the Chrome update is loaded.

Then you’ll have to do a little digging, as Google hasn’t (yet) made the new option user-facing—there’s no obvious battery-saving setting; Instead, the feature is hidden behind a feature flag. (Google flags off experimental new features it doesn’t consider ready for the general public, but which Huh Good enough for tinkerers to try. The company warns that enabling the flag can mess with your browser and its data, but Energy Saver seems relatively safe to try.)

If you want to tinker with Energy Saver, type chrome://flags in the address bar, then press Enter. Here, click the “Search flags” field and type “battery” to pull up the “Enable battery saver mode feature in Settings” (this is the flag identified as “#battery-saver-mode-available”). Click “Default,” change the setting to “Enabled,” then press “Relaunch” to reboot the app. Once Chrome is back open, go to Settings, then click on the new “Performance” tab to see “Energy Saver”.

From here you have two options. You can either have Energy Saver kick in when your laptop hits 20% battery, or you can choose to have the feature automatically unplug your laptop at any time. I didn’t bring my charger to work today so I don’t know which is the alternative I am picking.

The feature will appear in your menu bar as an electric leaf. You can’t switch between the two Energy Saver modes here, but you can disable it entirely, creating a convenient kill switch for when you need it.

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