How to make Google Chrome Use less RAM?

Google Chrome is widely considered to be the best performing web browser today, and this largely seems to hold true when you have a decent machine at hand. I wouldn’t be wrong if I said that most people prefer Google Chrome over any other browser, because if we take a look at browser statistics from W3Schools, we can see that Google Chrome just touched the 50% usage mark as of February 2013. This goes on to show that half the world’s desktop internet users are now using Chrome. But far be it from me to stir up a whole new debate on what is the best browser, I would instead like to talk about a critical problem most Chrome users like me might have faced – that of a high RAM consumption. Is there any solution to this problem?

Indeed there is! Chrome might be faster than other browsers, but by far, it is the most memory-intensive. While latest systems have no problem with that, old PCs with a limited RAM capacity have difficulty running it smoothly. So if you’re running an old machine and want to use Chrome without all the sluggish-ness, or maybe you’d just like to preserve your RAM for another program on your PC, I’d strongly recommend you read this post through to the end.

The solution actually comes from an unlikely source – additional extensions. Add-ons and extensions tend to hog down memory even more. Not these though. These couple of extensions are designed to improve your Chrome’s performance. If you don’t believe in me, just give the following extensions a try!

The Great Suspender

Now I know the title sounds cheesy, but it’s not a bad extension at all! The Great Suspender┬ásuspends some of your tabs to free up some RAM. When you click on them again, they are reloaded into the RAM. Handy? Yes. Slow? Unfortunately. But not as much as you’d think. You can white-list domains you don’t want to be suspended, such as the ones you use most frequently, for example, social networks, email applications, reader applications, and so on.

You can either suspend all tabs except for your active one, or you can set a period of inactivity after which the inactive tabs will be automatically suspended. There’s also an option to un-suspend tabs based on your preferences.

The Great Suspender

So is it any good? As it turns out, quite. Here, I am sharing a simple test of my own. I opened up 20 tabs in Chrome, and notices the memory usage (with the resource monitor on my Windows PC). It gave me a reading of 3.5 GB (total usage out of 8 GB). After suspending all tabs, the reading was 2.6 GB – a ballpark difference of 900 MB. The following picture contains two screenshots. They were taken a few seconds apart, with the left one showing readings before, and the right one showing readings after the suspension. Notice the fall in the memory graph which depicts the event when the suspension took place. By the way, memory usage with Chrome closed was 1.9 GB.

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OneTab

Now this Chrome may be a little more substantial if you’re looking to keeping things organized. It helps you create tab bundles, save them, and share them. At its core, OneTab simply bundles your tabs together, and closes them when not needed. It then pretty effectively manages your closed tabs so that you can open them in no time at all! There’s no rocket-science involved – just some fancy grouping.

You would no doubt be interested to know how much RAM OneTab can reduce? Well, here are the tests again with an initial memory usage of 1.9 GB.

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As you can see, OneTab saved more than 1.3 GB of RAM space, which is a lot by any standards.

What do you think?

I’d really recommend you to go ahead and try out these two extensions for your own. And if you have any better ones in mind, please feel free to share them with us. And of course, if you have questions, shoot them our way! We’d be glad to help. Cheers :)

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Comments

  1. amfitrite says

    since chrome is launched few years ago, its my favourite browser… but it seems in this past years Chrome is little annoying… like example when im use to play a browser MMo its just use 10kb/sc to download game content frm my 2mbps internet speed.

    All is back fine after i downgrade my chrome to this version.
    Google Chrome 6.0.453.1 (Official Build 51400)
    WebKit 534.2
    V8 2.2.21
    User Agent Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.453.1 Safari/534.2

    • Qasim Zaib says

      Well, that is an interesting observation actually. Older versions of Chrome sure are lesser RAM-intensive, but they also won’t have the latest web technologies and web-standards compliance. And If you like playing games like MMORPG or MMORTS, then I would recommend you use Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9. Previous versions of IE weren’t that good. But I’ve personally have had a good experience playing MMO games in IE 9

      • Amfitrite says

        well.. thanks again to Google … they have Google chrome Canary build

        when i need some latest features, more safe and more Uptodate ., i can switch or just run it side-by-side with that stable channel

        Not bad thoo. im using Version 28.0.1455.0
        aslong it not using Internal-pepperflash its not show any sluggish annoying thing.

        i have something that disturbed my mind… when im check perfomance at speed-battle.com
        why Google 6 can Doing Render thing. better than Canary version 28.
        that google 6th can give 20 poin at render, and canary is just 5 poin

        • Qasim Zaib says

          Yes, you are right. The older version does seem to be better on the speed. That is probably because it was introduced at a time when machine resources were quite limited, so it is better optimized. Now, you are getting a standard of at least 4 GB of RAM with every new computer you buy. So the focus has now shifted somewhat towards features and functionality. Hence, the newer version might seem to be slower, but has more features

    • Qasim Zaib says

      Yes, in your case, OneTab would be the better option, because it has nice bundling features that help you keep your tabs organized. It helps me keep track more easily

    • Qasim Zaib says

      Hello. Thanks for the appreciation. This blog is run by by me and two other really innovative writers who work hard to deliver you fresh and original content

  2. Wordy Cheats says

    Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?

    • Qasim Zaib says

      What exactly are we talking about here? Do you mean ‘protect your website from hackers’, or ‘protect your computer from getting hacked’, or ‘protect against malicious content that comes via a web browser and effects your PC’?

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