How to Enable or Disable Efficiency Mode in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has released a new Efficiency Mode for their Edge Web browser. This new feature replaces the older Performance Mode in the browser and is geared mostly towards laptop users. By enabling it, users can expect lesser strain on their device's battery, as well as less pressure on the CPU and GPU. On modern devices, Efficiency Mode should work as expected without any issues. However, this may not be the case on weaker laptops. Users could experience browser slowdowns, video playback or animation issues, etc. 

Still, if you are in a tight spot and need to preserve your remaining battery, the benefits of Efficiency Mode could prove to be indispensable. Users also can combine the mode with Sleeping tabs, a feature that will put open Edge tabs into sleep mode if they are inactive for 5 minutes. Generally, there are two ways that you can use to either enable or disable Edge's Efficiency Mode.

Use the Edge Toolbar

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Locate and click on the three dots icon in the top-right corner of the browser's window.
  3. Select 'Settings.'
  4. Select the 'Appearance' tab.
  5. Locate the 'Select which buttons to show on the toolbar' section and enable the 'Show performance button' option by adjusting its corresponding toggle. 
  6. You will now be able to see a 'Performance' button on the toolbar.
  7. Click on it and enable 'Efficiency Mode.' You can adjust its settings via the drop-down menu.
  8. To disable the mode, you can use the toggle from the 'Performance' icon.

Use Edge Settings

  1. Open the Edge browser.
  2. Go to Settings by first clicking the three horizontal dots icon. 
  3. From the available choices, select 'System.'
  4. Now, pick 'Performance.'
  5. Locate 'Optimize Performance' and enable 'Efficiency Mode.' You may need to restart the browser or your computer system for the mode to become active.
  6. To disable 'Efficiency Mode,' switch the toggle to the corresponding position.