Over the years, Chrome has developed a reputation for being a fairly resource-intensive browser. Google has already introduced various measures to improve the situation, but it’s not always Chrome’s fault if its performance is poor.
Today, Google is starting to introduce a new feature in Chrome that should prevent the browser from slowing down online ads. In addition to blocking ads that slow down the browser, Chrome also interferes with ads that drain the battery or use too much data.
These changes are good news for desktop, laptop, and cell phone users. Any Chrome user should note that ads will no longer slow down the web as much, that laptop and cell phone users will enjoy longer battery life, and that any user using a metered connection should see a reduction in data usage.
Google wants to improve the overall advertising experience by discouraging advertisers from creating ads that use large, poorly-compressed images and videos, searching for cryptic prompts, and performing CPU-intensive tasks. The company has been working on this feature for more than a year and has developed three criteria to determine whether or not to block ads.
What’s the cause of the battery drain?
Microsoft engineers have discovered the problem behind the battery drain as excessive caching of data that Chromium browsers display when using media. The Chromium pledge on the issue states that “keeping the hard drive activity during this process increases power consumption overall, and may also prevent certain low-power operating system modes from activating.”
Since multimedia consumption is a high consumption scenario, this extra power consumption has a negative impact on battery life.” Caching data means that the drive is active and therefore very thirsty for power. Any action that does this has a negative impact on battery life.
Microsoft’s solution is to prevent certain data from being cached, which can affect the speed of access to certain types of media, and to detect when the power source is connected so that caching can continue as normal if battery consumption is not an issue.
How to prevent Google Chrome from draining your laptop battery?
Keep your Chrome browser up to date
Keeping your software up to date is a matter of course. Google has made a serious effort in recent years to make Chrome more power-efficient and resource-efficient with its updates. Type “chrome://help/” in the address bar to find out which version of your Chrome is currently running.
Close unused tabs
If you’re used to opening 30 tabs in Chrome, closing some unused tabs is a good place to start to address your laptop’s power management issues. Before Chrome, the browser would regularly freeze and close tabs, a very common and frustrating problem for which Google has found a solution. Instead of treating the browser as a single process, Google made each tab its own IT process. This means that even if one of your tabs crashes, the rest will remain functional. Keep this in mind when opening a large number of tabs at once.
Remove unused extensions and applications
Using extensions saves time and effort. With some of them, you can easily find the definition of a word or save an article in your pocket. But these extensions also slow down the system and consume battery power. To remove unused extensions, type – `chrome://extensions` to see all installed and running extensions. You can remove or disable them from there.
Preventing Chrome from running in the background
Google Chrome will continue to run in the background even after all Chrome windows are closed. This means that Google Chrome will continue to affect your computer’s performance and battery life even after you close it.
To prevent Google Chrome from running in the background, right-click the little Chrome icon on the taskbar and uncheck the “Run Google Chrome in the background” box. Then click the “Exit” button below and Google Chrome will no longer run in the background.
On the Internet, all pop-up ads and other attention-grabbing distractions require the famous Adobe Flash plugin to run. It also means that when you run or access Flash-based content, you sabotage your system’s performance.
To get around this problem, block the Flash plugin in Chrome and use the “Click to Play” feature. Go to “Chrome://Settings/” and then to “Show Advanced Settings.” You’ll find “Content Settings” under the “Privacy” tab, scroll down and you’ll find settings for Flash. Select “Block Sites to Prevent Flash” to disable “Flash”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply type "chrome://flags/ #enable-heavy-ad-intervention" in the address bar of your browser. This will take you to a screen where you can activate the option.
The Android version of the Brave browser uses 35 percent less power than the Google Chrome version on advertising sites, Brave announced Wednesday. That's a big difference in a world where we often have to watch our phone's battery.
Chrome browsers have 7 hours of battery life and Safari browsers have 9.4 hours of battery life. But with Chrome browsers, battery life is up 28%, or 1.8 hours more, for a total of 8.8 hours.
Some apps run in the background without you noticing, unnecessarily draining the battery of your Android device. Also, check your screen brightness. The screen is one of the most resource-intensive parts of your phone. So leaving the brightness at its highest level can certainly result in short battery life.