Google Chrome to block autoplay videos with sounds in next update

No more unsolicited sound-blaring videos on Google Chrome.

  • Published: March 22, 2018 4:48 PM IST

On the scale of annoying to extremely annoying, how much do you hate the sound-blaring autoplay videos? Well, you are not alone, and Google has finally made note of that.

Google announced in its Chromium Blog that in the upcoming Chrome update, it plans to block all videos that automatically play with loud audio. This means that in the Chrome v66, the browser will include changes to autoplay videos wherein only those videos will play automatically which do not have the sound playing by default. It will also work if you click and interact with the site, or have previously “shown an interest in media on the site.”

Obviously, this change is meant to reduce unexpected video playbacks with sound when first opening a web page. So, if your website has been haunting readers with an unexpecting sound-blaring surprise, you better reconsider muting that, before the Chrome v66 rolls out.

Originally, these changes were meant to come with the Chrome v64 update, which was rolled out this January. The update came with an option to permanently mute annoying websites that abuse autoplay videos with the sound on by default. However, Google delayed the additional autoplay changes to Chrome 66.

The update has also been spotted in the beta channels of Chrome ahead of a public release next month, The Verge reports.

As Google notes in blog, these changes will roll out to Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Google has been making some small yet notable changes to the Chrome browser lately. In the Chrome v64 update, Google introduced a new feature that makes the difficult task of sharing messy URLs easier. The browser now trims the unnecessary strings at the end of the URLs when you share them. For this, you don’t need to turn on any special setting; the browser automatically takes care of the junk at the end of long URLs.

  • Published Date: March 22, 2018 4:48 PM IST