Enable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

How to Enable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

Google today released a new version of the world's popular web browser, Google Chrome. Chrome 79 includes a new interesting feature, Tab Freezing, which is hidden behind an experimental flag. Here's how to give it a try.


As of this writing, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser which exists for all major platforms like Windows, Android and Linux. It comes with a powerful rendering engine which supports all modern web standards.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.

The 'Tab Freezing' feature is also an experimental feature of Google Chrome. When it is enabled, the browser is able to detect that you PC is running low on memory, and can suspend tabs that you haven’t used or looked at in a while. The browser will stop all activity for tabs you have not used for 5 minutes.

To Enable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser
  2. Type the following text in the address bar: chrome://flags/#proactive-tab-freeze. This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.
  3. Select the option Enabled from the drop-down list next to the 'Tab Freeze' item.Google Chrome Tab Freezing
  4. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button
  5. You are done.

Note that it is still an experimental feature in Chrome, so it might work with issues.

As of now, you can set the option to one of the following modes:

  • Enabled - enable it with defaults
  • No unfreeze - Chrome won't restore tabs in memory.
  • Unfreeze 10 seconds every 15 minutes - Chrome will reload your frozen tabs in memory and keep them for 10 seconds every 15 minutes.

The same feature exists in Microsoft Edge and Firefox.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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