Fix – Chromium Edge Huge Battery Drain during Media Playback

    While using Chromium Edge browser, if your laptop is consuming excessive battery power, then you can use the solution discussed in this blog post to fix the issue.

    Fix - Chromium Edge Huge Battery Drain during Media Playback

    Recently, Microsoft figures out the cause of high battery consumption during streaming media playback in Chromium-based browsers. After doing various tests related to the issue, the company added a new experimental feature “Turn off caching of streaming media to disk ” in the latest version of Chromium Edge in Canary channel version or later.

    The experimental feature once enabled will improve the battery life of the device during media playback in Edge Chromium. You can visit this page to check Media Cache Reduction explainer for further details.

    Previously the same experimental feature was released by the Google for their Chrome browsing facing the same issue.

    Fix – Chromium Edge Battery Drain during Media Playback

    If you want to try the improvement implemented by the Microsoft in Chromium Edge, then here’s what you need to do:

    1. Update to the latest version of Chromium Edge in Canary Channel.

    2. Visit the following address: edge://flags/#turn-off-streaming-media-caching and look for highlighted experimental feature with the name “Turn off caching of streaming media to disk.”

    enable Turn off caching of streaming media to disk. experimental feature in edge

    3. Using the drop-down change the settings from Default to Enabled.

    4. Click on the Restart button to apply the changes.

    The functionality is still under testing phase, so it may even be improved or may not work correctly. Have you noticed improvements in battery life after enabling this experimental feature? Let us know with a comment below.

    Tip – The same flag is also available for Chrome in Cannary channel. If you’re facing battery drain issue during media playback in Chrome, then visit “chrome://flags/#turn-off-streaming-media-caching” and enable this experimental feature.


    Viney Dhiman
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