How to Enable Sleeping Tabs in Google Chrome

Memory management is not one of Chrome’s strong suits. If your computer already has low RAM, opening multiple chrome tabs will slow down your computer. There is a huge chance that you will be staring at a blank screen for a long time after opening a tab. So, to fix this, you will have to close down tabs to get optimal PC performance. However, there is another way to fix this. In this tutorial, I will show you how to enable sleeping tabs in Google Chrome.

Enable Sleeping Tabs in Chrome

Sleeping tabs can help reduce memory usage and, as a result, free memory for important tasks. You can use the flags to enable sleeping tabs. You can also use extensions to enable this feature.

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Sleeping Tabs in Chrome Using Flags

Flags in an experimental feature can tweak it a little to enable the sleeping tabs feature.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since this feature is a bit experimental, ensure that all your work is saved.

Step-1: Open Chrome.

Step-2: Type the following in the address bar and press Enter:


Enable Sleeping Tabs in Chrome

Step-3: In the search bar, type Freeze.

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Enable Sleeping Tabs in Chrome

Step-4: In the drop-down menu next to Freeze User-Agent request header, select Enabled.

Freeze flag

Step-5: Re-launch Chrome. This will ensure that the changes are applied.

After this, if Chrome detects inactivity in a tab, it will put it to ‘sleep.’


Some extensions will manage your tabs for you. If you don’t want to use an experimental feature, then you can use extensions. However, many of these extensions have a lot of bugs, so choose wisely. Some of the extensions that you can use include the following:

  1.  Tabby – This is an AI-powered tab manager, and it gives the user the ability to manage a cluttered Chrome session. It will close unnecessary tabs and get a log of the closed tabs to access them later.
  2.  Session Buddy – This will allow you to save sessions and access them whenever you need them.

I hope this helps. Let us know in the comments if there are some other extensions that you use to manage this feature.

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