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Can't find Google Chrome's new battery and memory saver features? Do this

Google finally rolls out memory and energy saver features to all. But some people can't find the settings.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor
Reviewed by Min Shin
Closeup of Google Chrome app

Google Chrome gets better -- a lot better.

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Google has finally rolled out to the mainstream Memory Saver and Energy Saver features into the Chrome browser for Windows, MacOS, and ChromeOS.

These features are rolling out to everyone in the latest Chrome 110 update. I've been using these features since they were rolled out as experimental features in Chrome 108, and I have to say that I'm impressed by the improvements they bring.

But I'm hearing from several users who aren't seeing the settings for these features.

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Don't worry, here's how to switch them on. 

How to find Google Chrome's new battery and memory saver features

1. Make sure you're running Chrome 110

You can check which version you are on by going to the browser's settings and choosing About Chrome, or by typing the following into the address bar and pressing Enter:


If you are not yet running version 110 or higher, you need to update (which you can do from the screen that gives you the version information).

One rub here is that Google is dropping support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 with this release, so if you're still using these aging operating systems, you don't get this update.

Chrome 110 up to date notification

This version of Chrome -- Chrome 110 -- is up to date.

Screenshot by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

2. Check your Settings for Performance

Click on the three dots, then Settings, and look for Performance in the left-hand column. 

If it's there, you're good. 

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Note that the Battery Saver feature only shows up on laptops.

If it's not there, read on.

3. No Performance? Do this

OK, still not seeing Performance or the Memory Saver and Battery Saver in Settings?

  • To display Memory Saver, type the following into the address bar and press Enter:
    Change the drop-down box to Enabled.
  • To display Battery Saver (only do this for laptops), type the following into the address bar and press Enter:
    Change the drop-down box to Enabled.

After making these changes, you'll need to relaunch the browser (you can click on the button that will appear at the bottom on the page to do this).

Settings that need to be changed to Enabled in Experiments section

These are the settings that need to be changed to Enabled.

Screenshot by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

4. Check your settings again

After the browser fires back up, go back into Chrome's Settings. You should see Performance and the settings you just enabled in there.

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Also, check that the settings are enabled. If not, you can flip the toggle to switch them on.

Memory Saver and Battery Saver settings in Google Chrome

Memory Saver and Battery Saver settings in Google Chrome.

Screenshot by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET
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