Google Chrome’s incredible ability to bog down your system may soon be a thing of the past. The most recent Chrome Canary build includes big changes to the way Chrome handles background websites that could reduce Chrome’s strain on your device’s battery life. These changes should hopefully make their way to the stable version as part of the Chrome 86 update for Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, and Chrome OS.
How to enable Chrome’s battery-saving settings in Chrome Canary
Like other beta and early-access software, Chrome Canary is unfinished and potentially unstable. There’s always a chance you’ll run into bugs or compatibility errors, but it’s the only way to try out Chrome’s potential power-saving changes (for now). If anything goes wrong, just swap back to regular old Chrome.
Also, the steps to enable the experimental flag only apply to Chrome Canary. Once Chrome 86 is released publicly, it’ll likely be the browser’s new default behaviour. so you probably won’t need to enable anything.
- Download and install Chrome Canary. It installs as a separate app and doesn’t overwrite the stable Chrome app.
- Open a tab in Chrome Canary and go to chrome://flags
- Use the dropdown menu to set the flag to “Enable immediately when a tab is hidden.”
- Click “Relaunch” to close and reload Chrome Canary. The setting will be applied once it restarts.