New versions of software introduce the improvement in performance/usability and the recent update of Google Chrome to version 64 is no different. Google Chrom version 64 not only improves the security of the browser rather it gives more control over web surfing by adding the ability to Mute the sites that play audio.
There are more and more websites where videos and advertisements that start automatically without our consent. And if we work in a room with colleagues, it could disturb everyone. Thanks to this new feature, users have the option to disable the automatic playback of audio only for some sites or for all sites that are visited. In the second case, you can create a whitelist with websites where audio playback is allowed.
How to Mute the Sites that Play Audio on your computer
The new feature was first tested on Chrome Canary, the beta version, and later officially released on Chrome 64. To disable the automatic playback of audio just press the icon in the form of “I” present before the address bar and then click on Site Settings. A new tab will open with different settings, including the one for Audio. In the pop-up menu next to the Audio item we will have to choose Lock. In this way, the autoplay will be disabled on all web pages associated with that domain.
The procedure for blocking automatic playback on all websites is slightly more complicated. You need to open Chrome, click on the icon with three vertical dots on the top left and then on Settings. A new tab will open and you will have to click on “Advanced” and look for “Privacy and security” section.
You will access a new page with many options, look for content and here you will find sound section. Clicking on it will open a window and remove the check under “Mute Sites that Play Audio”. In the same window, there is also the option to create a whitelist with the sites where to run the audio autoplay.
How to turn off sound playback on your smartphone
The 64 version of Chrome is also available for Android smartphones. And even in this case, it is possible to disable the automatic reproduction of the audio. To do this you need to launch the Chrome application, enter the Settings and press on Site Settings. Among the various options there will also be Audio and from there we can disable the autoplay.