A plenty of nasty things can happen on the Internet, but a handful is as awful as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound. Fortunately, this is something the tech major Google is tackling in its future Chrome update. Now, users will be able to mute autoplaying videos in Chrome browser.
Google is putting efforts to make the Internet a safer place as well as make websites more user-friendly. Back in April, it added the copyless paste feature in its Chrome for Android, which automatically copies the useful information and suggests it for pasting in the app where that information might be relevant. Now, it’s developing something even superior and useful. Chrome will soon permanently mute annoying video ads that start play sound automatically as a website loads.
With the latest Canary release for Google Chrome, the search engine has introduced a new option letting users mute or unmute different websites right from the ‘Page Info’ bubble itself. Francois Beaufort wrote in his Google+ post,
“The Chrome team is currently experimenting with a setting to mute/unmute a website directly from the Page Info bubble. This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at you automatically.”
When officially rolled out, you will be able to see the mute option under the ‘View Site Information’ tab at the left side of the address bar. Once you click on it, you’ll be presented with the Sound option. You can tweak its settings from default to mute and stop all audios from that specific website permanently. You can undo the performed action by repeating the procedure.
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The mute feature is already available to beta developers and can be enabled for users who are a part of the current Chrome Canary update. To mute autoplaying videos in Chrome Canary, follow the steps below.
How to Mute Autoplaying Videos in Chrome?
- Get Chrome Canary if you don’t have already. You can run both Canary as well as the regular Chrome version simultaneously
- Create a shortcut for Canary on your desktop
- Right click on the Canary shortcut and choose the Shortcut option from the arising menu
- Add “–enable-features=SoundContentSetting”(without quotation marks) to the end of the string appearing in the ‘Target’ box. Make sure that there’s a space between the string you added and the end of the string that is in the box. Once done, click on the Ok button
In this way, beta developers can mute autoplaying videos in Chrome browser. If you want to mute video ads on a website with sound muting enabled, walk through the below steps.
How to Mute Video Ads with Sound Muting Enabled in Chrome?
- Navigate to the website you want to mute video ads. Now, click on the green ‘Secure’ label or the site information icon at the left side of the address bar
- A drop-down menu will arise. Simply click on the Sound option
- Finally, select the Always block on this site option to permanently mute autoplaying videos
At the moment, there is no word on when the update will be rolled out to the masses, although it is anticipated in the coming weeks. Google Chrome is not only the web browser working on the mute feature. In the past, Apple has also been rumored to be testing a similar feature for Safari. Now that the search engine has announced the feature officially, it will be interesting to see if other web browsers also follow suit.
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