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5 Life Hacks to Prevent Google Chrome from Draining Your Laptop Battery

5 Life Hacks to Prevent Google Chrome from Draining Your Laptop Battery

Google Chrome is so popular that for many of us, it is the only gateway to the web from a computer. In recent years, Chrome has gained most of the market share by leaving competitors such as Mozilla Firefox, Safari and others, thanks to its simplicity and ease of use. However, for some time it has been a poorly kept secret in tech circles that Google Chrome in the worst battery friendly browser out there. Many benchmark tests reinforce this opinion by showing Chrome's greedy consumption of resources for even basic tasks.

In recent years, Microsoft raised arms against Chrome by performing a battery test on different browsers and warning Windows 10 users about Chrome while asking them to switch to their new Edge browser. If you are someone who swears by Google Chrome, then here are some ways in which you can reduce the battery drain caused by Google Chrome.

1. Stop Chrome Running in Background

Google Chrome continues running in the background even after you closed all the Chrome windows. What this means is, even after closing it, Google Chrome will continue to impact the performance and battery life of your computer.

To stop Google Chrome from running in the background, right click on the little Chrome icon on your system tray or task bar (sometimes among the hidden icons) and uncheck the option that says 'Let Google Chrome Run in Background'. Then click the 'Exit' option beneath and it will no longer run in the background.

2. Close Unused Tabs

If you are someone who has a gazillion tabs open on Chrome, there is no point in even complaining about the poor battery life or performance. Back in the day when browsers crashing and losing your tabs was a common problem, Google came up with a solution. Instead of treating the browser as a single process, Google made each tab as a computing process.

What this effectively means is that even if one of your tab crashes, the other tabs will remain functional. Remember this when you open tens of tabs at once.

3. Remove Extensions and Apps You Don't Use

Using extensions saves time and effort. Some of them let you find the definition of a word or save an article to Pocket effortlessly. But these extensions also slowdown your system and drain battery.

To remove unused extensions, type - 'chrome://extensions' to see all the extensions you have installed and running. From there you can remove or disable them.

4. Keep Your Chrome Up to Date

Google has been taking serious efforts in improving its browser to be more power and resource efficient through its latest updates. So it is a no-brainer to keep the browser updated. Type "chrome://help/" into the address bar to find which version your Chrome is currently running on, and from there you can check for and install updates.

5. Disable Flash

On the internet, all pop-up ads and other flashy distracting elements require the notorious Adobe Flash plugin to run. This also means that by running or accessing Flash-based content, you are sabotaging the performance of the system. To get around this is to block the Flash plugin in Chrome and use the 'Click to Play' feature to run them.

Go to 'chrome://settings/', and to 'Show Advanced Settings. You can find 'Content Settings' under the Privacy tab, scroll down and you can find settings for Flash. Choose 'Block sites running from Flash' to disable Flash.

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