Google Chrome is a resource hog. You know it, we know it and one would have to assume Google knows it too — though perhaps not, judging from what little has been done over the years to mitigate the browser's longstanding reputation for sucking battery life.
Fortunately, though, a fix might be on the way that could seriously help your laptop last much longer while using Chrome.
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It's surprising Google hadn't instituted this policy in the past, because you'd think that reducing background tab activity would present an easy and obvious opportunity for battery saving. The Windows Club says that this setting will remain an option in Chrome 86, and that Google is still exploring it, so it's unclear when or if it might become the default approach for Chrome going forward.
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Adam Ismail is a staff writer at Jalopnik and previously worked on Tom's Guide covering smartphones, car tech and gaming. His love for all things mobile began with the original Motorola Droid; since then he’s owned a variety of Android and iOS-powered handsets, refusing to stay loyal to one platform. His work has also appeared on Digital Trends and GTPlanet. When he’s not fiddling with the latest devices, he’s at an indie pop show, recording a podcast or playing Sega Dreamcast.