Google Chrome, the renowned web browser that boasts millions of users worldwide, has taken a significant step towards addressing a common concern among its user base regarding its RAM usage. Chrome’s tendency to consume substantial amounts of memory has often prompted users to explore alternative browsers. However, in a bid to retain its user base and improve performance, Google Chrome has introduced a new feature called Memory Saver, accompanied by additional methods to optimize RAM usage.
One of the primary reasons behind Chrome’s higher RAM consumption is its practice of running each tab and extension in separate processes. While this approach isolates issues to specific processes, it can put a strain on system resources. To combat this, the developers behind Google Chrome have unveiled the Memory Saver feature in December 2022, with the aim of reducing the browser’s RAM usage by up to 10GB.
The Memory Saver feature works by deactivating idle tabs, freeing up memory for the active ones. It is important to note that deactivated tabs are not closed permanently; Chrome automatically reloads their contents when users return to them. Enabling Memory Saver is a simple process that can be accomplished by following a few steps:
- Launch Google Chrome on your desktop.
- Locate the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Click on the dots to open a drop-down menu.
- From the menu, select “More tools.”
- In the expanded options, click on “Performance.” Note: If the “Performance” option is not visible, ensure that your Chrome version is up to date by typing chrome://settings/help in the address bar, following the prompts, and relaunching the app.
- Within the “Performance” settings, toggle the switch next to “Memory Saver” to activate it. (Optional) To prevent specific websites from being deactivated, click the Add button, enter the website’s address in the provided text field, and select Add to exempt it from Memory Saver’s deactivation process.
By implementing the Memory Saver feature and following these steps, Chrome users can significantly mitigate the browser’s RAM consumption, leading to improved overall performance and smoother browsing experiences. Alongside Memory Saver, Google Chrome offers other methods to optimize RAM usage, ensuring that it continues to cater to users’ needs while efficiently utilizing system resources.
As Chrome continues to evolve, users can look forward to additional updates and features aimed at enhancing performance and addressing user concerns. With the introduction of Memory Saver and ongoing improvements, Google Chrome solidifies its position as a leading browser, committed to meeting the demands of its ever-growing user base.