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Enable or Disable ‘Memory Saver’ in Chrome on your Computer

Are you looking for the option to enable or disable the Chrome browser Memory Saver feature? Learn how to manage this feature to optimize memory usage.

Google Chrome has a Memory Saver feature under the Performance setting tab. The primary function of a Memory Saver is to free up the RAM used by inactive tabs and use it for processing other computer applications and improving overall system efficiency. However, we can add the site URL under an exception list to keep the site active.

Customize Memory Saver Performance in Chrome browser

Google Chrome browser has been known for hogging the memory and CPU process for a long time. It perhaps improved the Chrome browser but deteriorated the system performance and left low resources for other system applications. However, it’s no longer the case.

It has a Performance tab that typically solves major underlying browser issues like Memory and Power usage.

Memory Saver Made Chrome Faster pop-up on Chrome Computer

Memory Saver helps in regaining the occupied RAM from inactive browser tabs and making it available for active tabs and system applications. The Energy Saver helps limit background activity and visual effects after switching to the battery power source.

Both these are essential features that help improve the overall performance of the Chrome browser and computer system. It also helps in resolving the Out of Memory issue on the browser.

So let’s enable the Chrome browser’ Memory Saver feature to improve the overall performance.

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Enable Memory Saver

The Memory Saver option is available under the Chrome Settings page within the Performance tab. By default, the toggle is enabled for all users; however, you can verify it again. Here are the steps to enable Memory Saver in Chrome computer:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon options menu.
  3. Hover on the More Tools option and select the Performance menu.
    Performance menu under More Tools in Chrome browserIt will launch the Performance tab under the Chrome Settings page.
  4. Enable the Toggle button for the Memory Saver option.
    Memory Saver Chrome Performance Toggle button

It will enable the Memory Saver and improve overall system performance.

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Note: The inactive tabs will automatically become active when you revisit and interact with them in the browser.

Disable Memory Saver

Though it’s a great feature, users complain that Memory Saver is killing the inactive tab resulting in tab reload and loss of unsaved work. In such cases, what do you think is a better option? Turning off the Memory Saver? I’d say – No!

There is also an option to add the site URL to the exception list, letting Chrome keep the tab active even if it’s not been used for a while. Here are steps to disable the Memory Saver in Chrome:

  1. Launch Google Chrome on the computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu for options.
  3. Select the Settings menu from the list.
    Chrome Settings menu under More options
  4. Switch to the Performance tab from the sidebar panel.
  5. Disable the Toggle button for Memory Saver options.
    Disable Memory Saver Toggle button on Chrome Computer

It will disable the Memory Saver for all the websites and tabs on the Chrome browser.

However, if you want to disable it for a few sites you often use at work or that do not autosave, you can add them under the exception list, as mentioned.

On the Performance settings tab under the Memory Saver section, click the Add button for the Always keep these sites active option and enter the URL. Hit the Add button on the pop-up window to save the site address as the exception. Make sure the Memory Saver toggle is on for all other sites.

Always keep these sites active under Memory Saver Chrome browser

The Memory Saver will free up the memory of all sites except the site address added under the always keep active. Similarly, you can add more sites and remove the existing ones from the list to make the Memory Saver more useful.

Bottom Line

Chrome’s incredible Memory Saver feature has resolved the long-lying performance issue. We do not need to close the inactive tabs for memory boost henceforth, and Chrome does it using its new feature.

The other performance feature, Power or Energy Saver, is very similar and helps improve system power utilization.

Let us know what your new Performance settings option is, and did you notice any performance boost after enabling the Memory Saver?

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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