You click on a link, expecting to read an article. Five seconds into your reading, here comes an annoying auto-playing video that wakes up your entire house. A familiar scene for many.
Auto-playing videos have become standard on many websites. While Chrome has let you mute individual tabs for some time, you’d have to mute new tabs by hand every time you opened one. But now, in the latest version of Chrome, you can mute entire sites without using an extension.
How to Mute Entire Websites in Chrome
- You must have Chrome 64 or later to use this. To update, click the three-dot Menu button in the upper-right corner of Chrome, then choose Help > About Google Chrome.
- If there’s an update, wait for it to complete and click Relaunch to apply it.
- Open a website that features obnoxious auto-playing videos.
- Right-click the tab playing audio and choose Mute site.
- From now on, any tab you open with that website will be muted by default.
- Right-click a tab and choose Unmute site to undo this change.
Now you don’t have to worry about scrambling to close a tab when it blasts audio. Note that this feature replaces the old Mute tab function in Chrome. However, if you’d like a shortcut for quickly muting a tab too, you can enable a Chrome flag to do so:
- Type chrome://flags into the address bar.
- Use the search box to search for #enable-tab-audio-muting.
- Switch the Tab audio muting UI control entry to Enabled and use the button at the bottom of the page to restart Chrome.
- Now, you can click the little speaker icon on a tab to mute just that tab. This won’t affect new tabs you open with the same website.
From now on, you won’t have to worry about scrambling to close a tab that starts blasting audio. Note that this automatic muting doesn’t stop the video. If you’re on a limited data connection, you may want to pause them as well, to save data.
Do you hate auto-playing videos? What websites will you mute with this feature? Tell us down in the comments!