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Microsoft has improved “Efficiency Mode” in the Edge browser

Efficiency Mode first appeared in Microsoft Edge 101. This feature allows you to reduce device power consumption by limiting the resources used by the browser. A few months later, Microsoft began rolling out an improved version of Efficiency Mode, which can now adjust browser performance based on battery level.

Balanced energy saving

  • If the device is disconnected from the power source, but the battery is not deadthen “Efficiency Mode” will take moderate steps to save battery power, which will have little effect on the browser.
  • If the device is disconnected from the power supply and the battery is almost empty (when Windows goes into power saving mode, and the battery level drops to 20% on Mac), then “Efficiency Mode” will take additional steps to save battery, which can have a noticeable impact on the browser. For example, video playback will be less smooth. If the browser has applied these power-saving measures, a filled heartbeat icon will appear in the toolbar.

Maximum energy saving

  • If the device is disconnected from the power source, then at any battery level “Efficiency Mode” will apply additional power saving steps until your device is connected to a power source. These changes can have a noticeable impact on how the browser works. For example, video playback will be less smooth.

Enabling “Efficiency Mode” when connected to a power source

  • If the device is connected to a power source, Efficiency Mode will take moderate steps to conserve battery power if Balanced Power Saving mode is selected, or additional measures if Maximum Power Saving mode is selected.

The improved version of Efficiency Mode is not yet available to all users of Microsoft Edge 106.

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