Nothing is more annoying than receiving unexpected audio from autoplay videos on a website. Here’s how to mute them for good.
Starting with Google Chrome version 64, which was recently rolled out to all users, you can now mute entire sites with annoying autoplay videos. Nothing is more irritating than scrolling through a webpage, and suddenly loud audio starts playing from a video that you can’t even see on the page. Especially if you have the sound on and are listening to your own music, or if everything is quiet and all of a sudden, audio starts blaring.
I’m usually good at finding an autoplay video and muting it via the player on the page or closing out of it. However, some are delayed, and you don’t hear anything. Also, many of the videos have a 30-second timeout while the next one is loading. So, you go to your next tab, and then another. You have a dozen tabs open, and then the audio starts playing, but you’re not sure which one it’s coming from. You need to frantically search each page and try to get it to stop or quickly mute the sound from your computer.
Previously you could avoid it by tweaking internal browser settings or using a browser extension. But with this latest update, it’s easier than ever to mute a site for good.
Permanently Mute Websites in Chrome
You can mute pages on an individual basis. To find the offending page, look for a small speaker icon on the tab. Then, right-click on the tab and choose “Mute Site” from the menu.
It also works for pinned tabs. Right-click the pinned tab with the speaker icon and then select to mute or unmute it.
You can also mute sites permanently versus on a case-by-case basis. Right-click the “Secure” section to the left on the URL bar and check the “Always block on this site” option. This is perfect for the biggest offenders, and you don’t need to worry about muting the site each time you visit it.
There are plenty of other new features and security fixes in this latest version. For full details, you can read the full release notes. However, by far, this is the most helpful one that millions of users will appreciate.
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