One simple setting change can solve your Google Chrome’s memory consumption problem…

Recent builds of Google Chrome comes with a super useful flag option named Tab Discarding. It basically discard tabs that have not been accessed in a while. The tab still exists in the browser but the content is no longer accessing your system’s resources. The tab is reloaded as soon as you click on it removing the need to continuously closing tabs you are not using but might need in near future.

There is one major problem with this of course… It might cause issues on tabs which have dynamic content or you are working on a draft in it as the refresh might result in data loss. I have personally not experienced this as the tabs that are discarded are quite old and I am usually not working on them actively.

The flag can be accessed by entering this URL in Chrome’s omnibox:


I recently upgraded by RAM from 8GB to 16GB because Chrome had become painful to use on 8GB RAM. But due to some conflicts resulting in BSODs, I had to go back to 8GB RAM configuration on my PC. This flag option has pretty much removed the need to double my system’s RAM. Though I do miss not having access to 16GB RAM in Windows 10.

Google Chrome gets a bit more efficient on Apple Macs

Google developers announced that they have made improvements to how Chrome works on OS X to improve battery consumption on Macbooks.

Googler Peter Kasting highlighted one of the major enhancements in newer builds:

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it’s a battery hog,…

How to reset Favicons in Google Chrome omnibar and bookmark bar?

I finally found a working solution.

Exit Chrome. This is kind of hard if you have a lot of Chrome apps running in the background. I usually end task from Task Manager in Windows.

How to reset Favicons in Google Chrome omnibar and bookmark bar?

Locate your Google Cache folder:

Windows XP
Google Chrome: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default

Windows 8 or 7 or Vista
Google Chrome: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default

Mac OS X
Google Chrome: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default

Google Chrome: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/.config/chromium/Default

Chrome OS

Delete the file named Favicons.

Chrome Launcher 2.0 for Google Chrome OS rolling out in beta channel soon

Google Chrome OS beta channel would soon get the second generation of Chrome Launcher.

The newer edition is simpler in design and is focused around search. It also comes with most of the functionalities of Google Now from Android and iOS devices.

You get your Now powered notifications and messages along with a search field to look for your apps.

As you know, I’m running Chrome OS on Dev Channel every day and this might…

Google Data Saver Chrome App is now available for download in beta!

Google has finally launched the much awaited Data Saver browser extension for Chrome web browser.

Google Data Saver process web content on Google servers and compress it for more efficient delivery on user’s machine. Basically this is Google’s version of Opera Turbo for desktop browsers. Google Chrome already comes with this feature inbuilt on Android and iOS devices.

The extension ignores secure content in addition to any browsing in incognito mode for privacy reasons.

If you browse a lot of web content on insecure HTTP connections, this could save you a couple of gigabytes of bandwidth every month!

The service is currently in beta.

Google Data Saver Chrome App is now available for download in beta!

Data Saver (Beta) – Chrome Web Store

Chrome Remote Desktop is now a full fledged Chrome App

Google this week turned Chrome Remote Desktop into a fully operational Chrome App. This means that the app operates in its own window and behaves like a native system app.

Access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet.
Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.

Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks.

Chrome Remote Desktop – Chrome Web Store
After a long journey¹, Chrome Remote Desktop has been updated to a full-fledged…

Google Chrome 42 on Android adds support for native notifications from web services!

Google has great news for web developers around the world. The company has just announced support for Push API and Notification API in Chrome 42 for Android devices.

Using these technologies, mobile web apps can now send native system notifications to users. Google said:

The Push API and Notification API are now available for Developers in Chrome 42! The Push API in Chrome relies on a few different pieces of technology, including Web App Manifests and Service Workers.

Push Notifications on the Open Web