An upcoming feature will let you snooze unused Google Chrome tabs to free up memory

The snoozed tabs will un-snooze themselves as soon as the user reopens them.

An upcoming feature will let you snooze unused Google Chrome tabs to free up memory
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Google’s ongoing efforts for long-standing issues like its notorious RAM hogging continue despite several efforts. There’s some impressive progress towards doing something about that in development channels, with Chrome working on new tools for snoozing inactive tabs and freeing up system resources for other applications.

The feature will snooz tabs and will un-snooze themselves as soon as the user reopens them. This makes it more manageable for the user to go back and forth between tabs instead of closing and to reload them later, which ultimately requires more data and resources.

An upcoming feature will let you snooze unused Google Chrome tabs to free up memory

Image credits: Android PoliceEarlier this month, Redditor u/Leopeva64-2 spotted a new Performance page in the settings menu (chrome://settings/performance) in Chrome’s latest Canary build, containing toggles for a Memory Saver and Energy Saver mode (via Chrome Unboxed).

The former setting will hibernate tabs you haven’t touched in a while, freeing up valuable RAM. When Memory Saver is active, you will see a needle icon on the right-hand side of the address bar.

For those who keep multiple tabs open on Chrome, you should know that the open tabs consume a lot of memory. With the new feature, you can easily snooze unused tabs in Google Chrome, allowing you to get back to them as soon as you need them at your disposal. These tabs will be in sleep mode when they are not in use.

An upcoming feature will let you snooze unused Google Chrome tabs to free up memory
Image credits: Android Police

You can determine which websites to snooze and add some to the exception list. The Energy Saver mode disables the high refresh rate and some visual effects and limits background processes, extending your device’s battery life. There is no clue of when these features will make it to the stable channel.

The Snooze Unused Tabs feature is only available for Chrome Canary build at the moment!

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