Watching videos over Youtube can consume a lot of battery, and drain it all from your laptop or notebook. And since they are meant for the go, wasting a too much of your battery on watching videos in not wise. But here in this post is a trick by which you can save a lot of battery while you watch videos on Youtube.
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How to Save Battery while watching Youtube Videos on Chrome
But before if we get into the procedure, let us have a look that why does this happen, afterall? When you watch a video on Youtube, Google uses a lot of codecs, and this has just got worse after YouTube has shifted from Flash to HTML5 for fetching it’s videos. The codec enables the PC to lift other tasks, and accelerate GPU which ensures that the Video Playback is smooth and great. But Google went for an Open Source codec for the same after a while, and it is named as VP8. Now what does the VP8 and VP9 is that it in turn makes the CPU work more rather than the GPU and which takes extra battery and in turn drains the battery on your laptop. So the thing at the ends lies, that Chrome users end up using the less efficient and more power consuming codec to let them buffer and play videos online.
Chrome uses the VP8 codec, which we above discussed would take out the battery from your device and make the experience worse. But the key is, you can use the H.264 codec, which will let you fetch and play Youtube videos more efficiently and ever with less power consumption with the help of GPU. And you won’t even feel a difference while seeing the videos, and indeed end up saving a lot of battery by this small change.
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Finding The Codec
So as to change the codes, of the chrome, you need to first find out what codec you are using at the time. To do that, open a YouTube video, and right lick on it, and select the option, ‘Stats for Nerds’. The Mime Type line will let you know the codec you are using at the point of time.. For VP8 and VP9 videos, it will list video/webm, whereas on the other hand for H.264 videos, it will list video/mp4.
Download The Extension
Now what you can do to fix this situation is use a extension that would help you to change the codec your Chrome has been using for the videos. You can add the addon from this link. And after that you can check again after restarting your Chrome, the codec it uses now.
This Chrome extension will do the necessary work. So this was a short post, that might help you to save a lot of battery while watching YouTube videos on Chrome. So if you think we helped you out, do share this with your friends, and if in case you have any questions for us, do contact us in the form of comments below.