Google Chrome developers are reportedly working on a new update to the web browser which will allow you to mute specific websites. The feature is aimed at websites which populate feed with videos, which begin to auto-play with audio enabled by default. Now this is seen as a distraction and nuisance by many users, especially while browsing at work where the sudden sound can be jarring and earn looks from co-workers. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
The upcoming feature was announced by Fran ois Beaufort through a Google Plus blog post where he explains in brief about its working. When officially rolled out, the mute option will be tucked under the ‘View Site Information’ tab on the left of the address bar. Once you click on it, you will see the ‘Sound’ option. You can change the settings from default to mute, to disable all audio from that particular website permanently. You can undo the action by repeating the procedure. ALSO READ: 8 useful Google Chrome extensions to save you all the hassle Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
As the blog post mentions, “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.” The feature is already available to beta developers and can be activated for users who are part of the current Chrome Canary update. They simply need to tap on enable-features=SoundContentSetting switch.
Currently, Google Chrome offers the extension ‘Really Mute Inactive Tabs LT’ to users with a similar feature. Once the extension is downloaded, users can choose the option by right-clicking the tab and enabling the feature. However, for it to work, the users must have enabled tab audio muting UI control in Chrome flags. To do so, visit chrome://flags/ > Find Enable tab audio muting UI control > Click on Enable > Restart Chrome. The new update will make things a lot easier and save the hassle of additional extensions. ALSO READ: Google Chrome s native ad-blocker spotted ahead of release in Canary app test
The mute website feature is also aimed at warning websites that autoplay videos on loud is not appreciated by users and the feedback can then be used by the developers to improve user experience. There is no word on when the update will be rolled out to the masses, though it is expected in the coming weeks. Google Chrome is not the only browser working on the mute feature. Apple in the past has been rumored to be working on a similar feature for Safari Browser. Now that Google has announced the feature officially, it will be interesting to see if other browsers also follow suit.