Top 7 Suspender Alternatives for Google Chrome

Google recently removed The Great Suspender Chrome extension from the Chrome web store. And it was even remotely disabled on the user’s Chrome browsers. That was a step too far from Google.

But, considering the extension it was alleged for stealing passwords from users’ computers, this is the correct approach. So if you are looking to fill the gap, here is The Great Suspender alternative for Google Chrome.

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The great fiasco of the leagues

Before moving on to the Great Suspender alternative, here’s a quick rundown of the entire fiasco. As you may know, The Great Suspender is a popular open source Chrome extension. It is well known for limiting the notorious RAM usage of Google Chrome.

Recently, in early January 2021, the extension owner sold it to newer developers. After purchase, changes were made to the extension code on GitHub which were later pointed out as malicious. The new code was supposedly trying take passwords and other user information. All of this raised concerns and Google eventually had to disconnect and remove The Great Suspender from the Chrome Web Store.

How to get your eyelashes back?

If the extension was removed while you had suspended tabs, there is an easy way to get them back. Go to the tabs and select the URL. The the end of the url has the suffix URI following the original URL of the page. You only have to copy and paste the last part of the url in Chrome’s multifunction box. Press Enter to recover the suspended page.

For example, if the following is the URL of the suspended tab, the following URL will be the restore URL.

Suspended tab url:

chrome-extension://ldonjpbmdhpgepknhjbgflidgcbokalg/suspended.html#ttl=GitHub%20-%20aciidic%2Fthegreatsuspender-notrack%3A%20A%20chrome%20extension%20for%20suspending%20all%20tabs%20to%20free%20up%20memory%2C%20privacy-oriented%20with%20no%20analytics%20tracking.&pos=1700&uri=https://github.com/aciidic/thegreatsuspender-notrack

Restoring URL:

https://github.com/aciidic/thegreatsuspender-notrack

Alternatively, you can also find the URL of the tab in your Chrome History. Other than that, let’s move on to the list.

The great alternative of the leagues

1. The big league without a follow-up

If you want to get the old “The Great Suspender” back, you’re in luck. There are a couple of forks of The Great Suspender extension on GitHub that have all the malware code removed. However, untracked forks are not available in the Chrome Web Store and you would have to download the extension. It’s pretty easy though.

How to download the Chrome extension?

one. Download the “zip” file from The Great Suspender fork GitHub repository and extract it.

two. Once done, head over to the Chrome extensions page by typing “chrome: // extensions” into the Omnibar. Then activate the toggle next to “Developer mode.”

developer mode in chrome extension

3. When Developer mode is on, you’ll see an extended menu just below Omnibar. Click the “Load Unpacked” button.

upload unpacked in chrome extension

In the file upload dialog, navigate to the “src” folder within the extracted zip folder. Then select the src folder and click the “Select folder” button.

select folder in chrome extension

That’s it. The Great Suspender fork is installed. Google Chrome does not mark the extension and you can use it without problems.

Download The big suspension fork

2. Brindle

In case you are looking for a suitable suspension alternative, let’s start with Tabby. It’s a minimal Chrome tab suspension extension. It just suspends and closes the older tabs when you continue to open the newer ones in Chrome.

Tabby has 3 different modes: Focus, Relax, and Customize. So basically these modes denote Chrome’s tab count. Focus only allows you to have 5 tabs, while Relax allows you to have 12 tabs before Tabby starts to suspend older tabs. On the other hand, Customize is the mode selected by default and allows 8 tabs.

All closed tabs appear below the Tabby Chrome extension pop-up and you can click them to restore them to the original state. Other than this, there aren’t many options to customize within Tabby. You cannot set URL exceptions, shortcuts, or manually suspend a tab. It works automatically in the background, which is great too.

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Characteristics:

  • Automatically suspend older tabs when you cross the specified limit
  • Option to customize the allowed tab limit
  • Keeps tab state such as scroll location, form data, etc.

Download Tabby for Google Chrome

3. The great discarder

Similar to Tabby, The Great Discarder is also a minimal tongue suspension extension. Comparatively, there are 2 main differences between Tabby and The Great Discarder. Instead of closing a tab after a certain number, The Great Discarder closes any tabs that you haven’t used for an hour.

Also, unlike Tabby, The Great Discarder does not provide a list of closed tabs. Instead, you would have to restore them from the Chrome history page. In case you don’t want the tabs to be discarded, please pin it.

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Characteristics:

  • Automatically close tabs if you haven’t used it for an hour
  • Option to manually suspend tabs
  • There is no option to restore the discarded tabs

Download The great discarder of Google Chrome

4. Tiny Suspend

Tiny Suspender is exactly similar to The Great Discarder with only one major difference. Gives you the option to use Chrome’s native tab drop API. Now, this option brings an important change.

As long as you suspend the tab, the state of the tab is maintained. This means that the scroll position, the form data, etc. they will remain when you restore the tab. There are few Chrome extensions that do this. Also, if Chrome crashes or the tab is forcibly closed, all suspended tabs are safely restored.

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Characteristics:

  • Option to suspend tabs after a specified period of time
  • Use the native Chrome API
  • Option to whitelist URLs

Download Tiny Suspend for Google Chrome

5. Automatic discard of tabs

The closest alternative to The Great Suspender is the automatic discard of tabs. Automatic tab discard discards a tab if you haven’t used it for a specified period of time. The time can be customized and the default is 600 seconds or 10 minutes.

The suspended tab is not minimized and is indicated by a faded website icon with a gray dot. You can restore the tab by clicking on it. Automatic tab dismissal also uses Chrome’s native “Tab Discard” feature. Therefore, the scroll position and the form data are preserved and the sites are restored.

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Characteristics:

  • Discard tab automatically after specified time
  • Keeps the status of discarded tabs
  • Option to configure 7 different keyboard shortcuts
  • Configure URL exceptions so they are not suspended

Download Automatic dismissal of tabs for Google Chrome

6. Workona Tab Manager

Unlike other extensions, Workona Tab Manager is a more productive version of tongue braces. The goal of Workona Tab Manager is to prevent you from opening more tabs in one window. So if the tab count goes up, 25 to be precise, Workona suspends the entire chrome window instead of just one tab. It even minimizes them.

Therefore, Workona places more emphasis on categorizing your important tabs in one place. I like this approach because it forces you to keep work and entertainment in separate windows. In addition, Workona also allows you to organize bookmarks and create groups of tabs. It is more like a bookmark manager. You can also configure Workona on the new tab page. So you can open all your important tabs with one click.

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Characteristics:

  • Automatically suspends the entire window when you are not using it
  • Keeps tab state like form data and scroll position
  • Categorize tabs into separate workspaces
  • Option to create your own workspace and organize bookmarks.
  • Option to add 6 shortcuts

Download Workona Tab Manager for Google Chrome

7. OneTab

OneTab works quite differently than all the extensions mentioned above. On One Tab, if you feel like a window takes up a lot more tabs, you can click the OneTab extension and it will collapse all the tabs into a list. You can restore the collapsed tabs individually or all at once.

If you’ve used Firefox, Duster is a popular extension that does the same. I liked OneTab’s simple approach. Having said that, there is a caveat with OneTab. It does not use Chrome’s native tab drop API. Therefore, the status of the discarded tab is not maintained.

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Characteristics:

  • One click collapse and restore all tabs
  • Option to export and import collapsed tab
  • The state of the forms cannot be maintained.

Download OneTab for Google Chrome

Closing words: great league alternative

Auto Tab Discard is an ideal alternative to The Great Suspender. If you have a minimal use case, Tabby is a better option. Workona Tab Manager is also a good option.

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