Google Chrome to offload audio to save battery on Windows 11 and Windows 10 | Windows

Chrome has several features to extend battery life and minimize resource usage. The battery saver diminishes performance by quite a bit but lets your work session last longer. Now, Google Chrome is testing a method to offload audio to save battery life on Windows 11 (and Windows 10).

Windows Latest spotted the hints of the audio offload feature on a commit page from June 14. The page hinted at a feature that wouldn’t force the “audio offload on non-playback streams”. From there, we stumbled upon another commit page that claims to “add an experiment for audio offloading on Windows.”

The idea of offloading audio isn’t new. The issue was first flagged by Microsoft in 2019, and it basically aims to reduce CPU usage by allowing the hardware’s audio processor to take care of the audio.

For example, when you play a video, Chrome will now use the audio processor to handle the…


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