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Mute Tabs In Chrome: Google Will Automatically Silence Autoplaying Audio

Mute Tabs In Chrome: Google Will Automatically Silence Autoplaying Audio

The changes will be incorporated into Chrome 63, which will be released in January 2018. As noted in that wonderfully ironic tweet, Google has announced that an upcoming version of its wildly popular Chrome browser will block autoplay videos on webpages. That means if you have a favorite site whose content you like, but that's abusing autoplay video - perhaps a news site or one with informative reviews - you can simply opt to have that site muted indefinitely.

Starting with the next big Chrome update, likely version 64 that is arriving in January, Google's experimental feature to disable autoplay of ads and videos with sound on select sites will morph into total ban on startling sounds from your speakers or headphones. For mobile, only sites that you've saved to your home screen will auto-play video.

The move by browser makers to limit media that plays without their say will be a welcome change, as auto-playing videos have often been derided as one of the most annoying forms of advertising.

A sort of torture device (my skin crawls at the thought of those videos that chase you down the page as you scroll), autoplay should, according to Google, be used sparingly. Not exclusively does the experience astound and irritate web clients, it can likewise devour power and utilize data- which is an issue for mobile phone users, specifically. It also recommends that developers who do use autoplay videos consider muting them by default and letting users choose when to unmute.

Google is trying to fix this issue in the Chrome 64 update, which will give users more control over audio by ensuring that the autoplay is only allowed when either there is no sound or the user is interested in the media.

In addition to auto-play blocking, Google is planning to implement ad-blocking inside the Chrome browser.

Google Chrome users will now be pleased to know that the company will be allowing them more control over the browser's behavior soon. The feature will filter out advertisements that don't meet guidelines published by the Coalition for Better Ads.

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