The popularity of Google Chrome is still unbroken, but users are always annoyed by its extremely high memory requirements. We will show you how you can curb the RAM eater and thus increase the battery life of your laptop.
In contrast to hard disk or SSD storage, the motto for RAM is that high utilization is not necessarily bad. What does a lot of free memory help, the programs used should rather stock up on it and work as quickly as possible. As the operating system, Windows has its hat on the distribution of RAM, the programs themselves request the necessary RAM.
But what sounds good in theory sometimes doesn't really work in practice: With Chrome, many users have the feeling that the browser is overwhelming the RAM resources. As soon as a few tabs are open, Chrome occupies several GB and over time the browser eats up the RAM. This has undesirable side effects, for example notebook batteries do not last as long as with other browsers. But there is an option in Chrome that puts the RAM eater in its place.
It's not that Google didn't catch on that many users prefer a slim browser. Accordingly, there are always new features that are designed to reduce RAM consumption.
Tab freezing is an important topic here. All tabs that have been in the background for more than 5 minutes will be frozen. So they cannot gather additional resources. If you click on them again as a user, they will be awakened again. This does not apply to media tabs - after all, you want the
YouTube video or the Spotify playlist to continue running in the background. Tab Discarding works in a similar way: This option is now activated by default in Chrome. This means that the browser puts inactive tabs to sleep as soon as the memory is low. If you then click on them, they will be "woken up" again.
Another practical feature not only saves a lot of RAM, but also saves a lot of battery life:
If you would like to try out the latest Chrome functions earlier, you can install and use the Canary version at the same time:
The Windows resource monitor provides deep insights into RAM consumption. CHIP
Before you wrongly accuse Chrome, however, you should determine the RAM consumption of all active programs. The Windows Task Manager shows this, but the Chrome Task Manager is the better place to go, tailored to Chrome internals. You can reach it via the menu under "Additional Tools" or via the shortcut [Shift] + [ESC]. It also shows how much RAM is being used by extensions.
Both task managers offer you good live views of what is happening, if you want to follow the development, the resource monitor in Windows is the right tool. You start it with the "resmon" command, go to the RAM tab and check the box in front of all "chrome.exe" entries. They are then shown in the view at the top. The second column "Working set" is important, here you can see how much RAM a process actually occupies in the memory.
Preventive measuresThe Chrome Task Manager also shows the consumption of extensions. CHIP
It should be clear that RAM consumption decreases with fewer open tabs. So if you want to do something yourself, you can simply to many tabs open. But the extensions are usually more important. RAM eaters like to hide here, which you can expose via the Chrome Task Manager and then simply shut down for a test.
What can also happen: Ad blockers or other add-ons can prevent tabs from going to sleep. If the RAM consumption drops measurably after deactivating extensions, you are on the right track. Themes or elaborate backgrounds can also add up to the bottom line in the main memory.
Keep tabs under control Auto Tab Discard for ChromeAuto Tab Discard gives users control over the resource consumption of tabs. CHIP With their tabs, browsers invite you to leave many websites open at the same time. Conveniently, you still have everything in one window. But if you are on the move with tabs in the three-digit range, the RAM costs. Chrome is already taking action against it and sending tabs to sleep that are no longer needed for a long time. You can intervene yourself with tools like Auto Tab Discard .
The automatic tab discarding in Chrome takes effect when memory is running low. The Auto Tab Discard extension uses the same mechanism, but gives users more control over it. For example, you can specifically discard tabs with the extension or send inactive tabs to pause after a certain period of time. There is also the option of excluding certain pages using the host name or excluding pinned tabs or tabs in which videos and music are running from the mandatory break.