And on Thursday, Chrome developers announced that you can now update your browser and choose to mute those annoying autoplay videos on websites.
On Chrome OS, version 64 allows the "Split view" feature for improved multitasking in tablet mode to be enabled via a flag, while screenshots on convertibles are more like Android with a new volume down and power key gesture. These features will improve the overall browsing experience. After few weeks of testing, it is expected to be officially released for public. But it could be some much-needed relief from those sites you love to visit but hate to watch videos on.
In the URL bar at the top of the browser, there should be a lower-case "i" or green lock icon located to the left of the web address. By clicking on it, users should get a dropdown menu.
In this menu you will find an option for "sound". These are most common on social media or news sites like, say, the very page you're on right now. This will present the ability to always allow audio, always block audio or simply stick with the default setting. It's not a bad policy, but when taken in conjunction with a Wall Street Journal report from April that claimed Google was in the process of implementing new ad-blocking features by default, it sounded like the beginning of a slippery slope. The audio mute feature will mute audio for the entire site.
Select "Always block on this site" and the next time a video tries to start playing on that particular website, it will be muted. The good news is that it will apply the mute setting to any page on that site's domain going forward. Apparently, most Chrome users complained that some sites include links to third-party websites disguised as play buttons.
The absence of such a feature is probably intentional.
Google has launched its opening salvo in the battle against autoplay videos by enabling users of the latest version of its Chrome browser to mute them automatically.