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Google Chrome’s New Feature is Lowering the Overall RAM Usage


Even though Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, both on mobile and on desktop PCs, there is a big downside to it. The browser is infamous for using up lots of processing memory and you need lots of RAM in order for Chrome to run without any issues. Fortunately, the developers who are in charge of the browser are paying close attention to all the feedback that they are receiving and they are working on a new feature that will help lower the RAM usage of Chrome.

Google Chrome’s New Feature

The new feature that Chrome’s developers are working on is called Tab Freeze and it is currently in the testing phase. The feature makes it possible for users to “freeze” tabs that are running in the background. While this might not sound like such a groundbreaking feature, it’s actually going to help free up the overall RAM amount that Chrome uses.

Google introduced a cool featured called “Tab Discarding” back in 2015 that promised to reduce the amount of RAM that Chrome uses. Despite its name, the feature didn’t actually close tabs and they still ran in the background. Luckily, the new feature is going to do the trick.

How to Enable the Tab Freeze Feature

If you are interested in accessing the new feature, then you will need to install Chrome 79 Canary. After doing that, you will need to visit: chrome://flags/#proactive-tab-freeze and then select one of the following options:

  • Default (off);
  • Enabled (unused tabs are frozen after five minutes);
  • Enabled freeze – no unfreeze (tabs won’t unfreeze until clicked);
  • Enabled freeze – unfreeze for 10 seconds every 15 minutes;
  • Disabled.

Final Words

Even though the developers who are in charge of Chrome have yet to announce the official release of the new feature to the public version of the app, it’s still great to know that they are doing something about the large amount of RAM memory that the browser uses.