Among all the apps installed on Android smartphones, Google Chrome is often that more expensive in terms of energy consumption. If you are noticing an abnormal battery consumption by the popular Google browser, do not despair, in this guide we will list some simple ways to reduce or optimize battery consumption by the app.
Google Chrome: how to reduce or optimize battery consumption
Google Chrome is often pre-installed on almost all Android phones. Due to the ease of use and features, it is the preference of most people on both smartphones and PCs. However, battery consumption on Android can often be high both during use and in the background.
For this purpose, we have mentioned below some of the most important suggestions which will help you to save battery while using the Chrome browser on your Android device.
Update Google Chrome to the latest version
There is more than a good chance that Chrome’s abnormal battery drain issue may be related to one specific build. Then check if an update is available e update the app to the latest version.
Delete the app’s data and cache
The deletion of data and cache app usually fixes any temporary bugs or anomalies. So if you have recently started experiencing excessive battery consumption on Google Chrome, proceed to carry out the operation to try to solve the problem:
- Open the settings on your Android smartphone;
- Go to the section relating to apps;
- Then select Google Chrome;
- Then touch the relevant button archiving of the application;
- From here proceed to delete the stored data as well as the cache.
This will provide for also delete your user data, including history and favorites.
Disable automatic synchronization
Google Chrome Automatically syncs your browser data such as autofill fields for login, favorites, passwords, open tabs, payment information, settings, and more with your Google account. This allows for a seamless experience across different devices.
However, this can contribute to increased consumption of the smartphone’s background battery. So if you don’t feel it necessary to sync features, here’s how to turn them off:
- Open Chrome on your Android smartphone;
- Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and select Settings;
- In the screen that appears, select your Google account and tap Quit Chrome;
Enable dark theme mode
Google Chrome comes with a dark theme mode included in the app. So if your smartphone has an OLED display instead of an LCD, you can activate the dark theme to get slightly better battery life. Switching to dark mode will not only save your battery but also give your eyes more rest.
To enable dark mode on Chrome:
- Open Chrome and tap the menu with three dots in the upper right corner;
- Go up Settings> Theme and select here Dark.
Forcing the dark theme even on websites
Most of the websites you visit usually have a theme with a lot of white that will not be affected by the dark theme you have set in Google Chrome. In that case, however, it is possible to force the dark theme even on websites, so that the pages visited also have the same tone. This will help save battery while using Chrome on Android.
You can force dark mode on websites by following the steps mentioned below:
- Open Google Chrome and enter in the address bar chrome: // flags;
- In the screen that appears, search Dark Mode;
- Change the voice option Force Dark Mode for Web Contents up Enabled;
- Close and reopen the browser.
Optimize Google Chrome’s consumption even further with Lite mode
Chrome comes with a Lite mode which, when enabled, will ensure that it uses fewer data and processing power. It helps both saves energy and load sites faster as well. Here are the steps to enable it:
- Open Google Chrome on your smartphone;
- Tap the three-dot menu and select Settings;
- Up Advanced, select Lite mode;
- Enable the toggle to activate the function.
Other small tricks
You can further reduce and optimize Google Chrome’s power consumption by turning off notifications for sites (if enabled). You can also use your smartphone’s battery manager to get better control over the background usage of the battery by the browser.