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Google Chrome will intelligently pause Flash content to save your laptops battery

Google Chrome will intelligently pause Flash content to save your laptops battery

by AshwinJune 5, 2015

Google has announced that it will be updating its browser, with support for a new feature.

Google_ChromeGoogle Chrome will intelligently pause Flash content to save your laptops battery.

The browser has been a resource and battery hog for a long time. We even reported about a performance test, which showed how Google Chrome drains a MacBook battery.

Google, rather than fixing bugs which causes performance annoyances, is indirectly pointing the finger of blame on Flash content. It says that flash content can drain the battery quickly, and disabling them from autoplaying, will help improve the battery life of your laptop.

Chrome will intelligently pause Flash animations and similar content, which aren’t important, on a webpage. Chrome will still play videos on webpages. Users will be able to play the paused Flash content manually by clicking on it.

The new battery saving feature in Google Chrome is being introduced in the desktop Beta channel of the browser. The Mountain View company says that it will be rolling out the feature to all users (stable channel) soon.

How to enable auto pausing of flash content in Google Chrome:

You can manually enable the feature to prevent Flash content from Auto-Playing easily.

Click on the Menu button and navigate to Settings > Privacy > Content Settings. Scroll down and check the option to  “Detect and run important plugin content.”

Here are a couple of screenshots which show the settings option of Google Chrome (64-bit):

Google says it will be rolling out more power improvements to Chrome, in the coming months. Let us hope that this includes fixes for Chrome’s  excessive RAM consumption.

Tips for better battery life on Laptops:

1. Ensure that you don’t overcharge your laptop’s battery. Charge it to 100%, and unplug the power cord.
2. Do not let the battery fall below 10%. You can easily monitor the battery percentage by clicking on the battery indicator icon, which is available in the Windows System Tray (Taskbar).
3. Unplug unused devices from the laptop.
4. Reduce the brightness of the screen, when the laptop isn’t charging.
5. If you are working offline, it is wise to turn off the WiFi (bluetooth) on the laptop. Usually there is a WiFi toggle button available on most laptops.
6. Install all available Windows updates, as they may include performance enhancements and bug fixes.
7. Check the power options, and make sure that it is set to turn off the display and put the computer to sleep when you are not using it. You can set it to sleep after just one minute of inactivity and up to 5 hours, or never.