Chrome has come a long way since its first beta was released in 2008. Currently sitting at the top of the desktop and mobile market share charts, Google’s browser is flexible, feature packed, and cross-platform. But for all its popularity Chrome is also notorious for its habit of consuming a lot of RAM and draining battery life on laptops.

The reason for this has to do in part with something called process isolation, which is meant to make Chrome more stable and secure, as well as other unde the hood enhancements to make pages load faster. As long as you have plenty of memory it’s all good, the problem is when Chrome’s RAM usage is limiting the amount of memory available for other apps.

Google is continually improving in this area, but there are some things you can do to curb RAM usage and keep Chrome from becoming slow and annoying. We'll also share some 'hidden' features you can enable to get the most out of your web browsing experience.

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