Best browsers for saving battery when streaming
The best part of getting a new laptop, regardless of the make and model, is that the battery lasts quite a while when fully charged. Naturally with age and time your battery relies on the charger a lot more. To help keep your battery performing well, you should use a browser that won’t zap the life out of your device when you’re streaming. We’ve ranked the best web browsers to use in order of battery-saving magic.
- Edge: it’s available on Windows and brings you good performance, security and privacy. The icon is a blue letter ‘e’ – but it isn’t the same application as Internet Explorer.
- Opera: developed by Opera Software, this browser is fast without killing your device’s power – and it doesn’t compromise on performance either.
- Firefox: a good browser that has the ability to do what you need it to with little impact on your battery usage.
- Chrome: despite its speed and performance, using this for streaming will drain your battery very quickly. It’s a well-known issue.
So which browsers should I really consider?
Now that we’ve talked about the best browsers for streaming in HD, fast-loading browsers or ones that won’t drain your battery, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of different web browsers…
Opera is a safe and secure browser known for protecting its users and their data. It comes with a built-in ad blocker so you won’t need to use a third-party one. The great thing about the built-in blocker is that it speeds up the load time of all websites, getting you to the sites you love quicker without being bombarded by copious adverts. Opera is available on a number of operating systems, including the popular Mac OS and Windows. And if gaming is your thing, Opera GX is a special version of the Opera browser specifically for gaming.
The Microsoft Edge browser for Windows users has been dubbed one of the best browsers for Netflix, boasting resolutions of up to 4K. Alongside brilliant viewing quality, Edge is quick, performs well on most sites and has largely replaced its predecessor, Internet Explorer. It comes as standard on all Windows devices and is close (speed wise) to Chrome.
As one of the most popular browsers around, Google Chrome is used on computers, both desktops and laptops, as well as smartphones and tablets. Chrome loads websites quickly, which is great when you’re in a hurry or just a little eager to browse your favourite sites. It’s a top performer when it comes to speed but that comes at the price of draining your device’s battery too, so keep a charger handy.
The UR browser has a clean and modern interface for users who appreciate simplicity. You can configure the look and feel of your browser when you open it, such as viewing different tabs at the same time, hide elements of a browser, and also load the browser within seconds. It’s secure too. It performs HTTPS redirection on sites that require a secure log in, such as banks, and it makes a number of security checks so that you don’t fall for any phishing attacks.
Top tips for better browser streaming in 2021
As we’ve explored the benefits of using a good browser for all your online needs, here’s a quick round-up of tips to get the best performance when streaming online:
• Turn off or disconnect other devices that use your home broadband. Too many devices connected can clog the signal, leaving you with slow-performing WiFi.
• Use an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi. You’ll get the best performance if you connect your device this way, especially if you’re going for a big streaming or gaming session. The cable will offer a direct-wired connection from your router to your device, allowing you to stream without any WiFi issues.
• Download videos. Although streaming on the go is achievable sometimes, you could always download the file onto your playback device or to one of the streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime. You’ll be able to watch the video whenever you want and you won’t have to wait for it to load.