Chrome 57 will reduce power consumption in background tabs to save energy


Chrome’s Page Visibility API will check tabs after 10 seconds in the background as it does.

Like many of us, if you use Chrome as your Primary Browser then you must be aware of the fact that it is a resource hog that uses up a lot of the device’s battery. Now the latest version of Chrome is designed in such a way that it will throttle the background tabs that are using up too much or excessive battery, tackling the very irritating issue of battery drainage by the app.

According to the Chromium blog, background tabs are responsible for almost one-third of Chrome’s power usage on computers, so by keeping them in check Chrome will minimize its impact on the battery.


Chrome’s Page Visibility API will check tabs after 10 seconds in the background as it does. The new version will have a feature that will leave tabs playing audio or maintaining WebSockets or WebRTC connections alone, as the API considers them to be in the foreground and not background. API will minimize all the tabs running in the background unless and until it is necessary for them to be running at full capacity.

Chrome team said that this new feature will lead to a 25 percent decrease in the background activity of the browser’s tabs. Since their aim is to fully suspend those tabs, though, their mission is far from being accomplished.

Chrome 57 is out for a while now and in anyone’s reach. You can download it anywhere. It is especially beneficial for those that are always on the go and need their laptops for necessary business. The new version will minimize the battery drainage by the browser thus letting you fully utilize your battery.

Ujjwal Sahay
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