Chrome is Finally Letting You Keep the Autoplaying Videos Tight-Lipped

December 18, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is keeping its word. The company has started addressing issues around content that autoplays in the Chrome browser as assured back in September. As a first step, Chrome will now feature the ability to mute videos that autoplay by default.

Before you search for it in Chrome, we would like to inform you that the feature has only hit the beta channel of Chrome, i.e. Chrome v64 beta. But expect the feature to hit the stable version soon, as Google has confirmed that full autoplay video blocking feature would be arriving in the stable version by next month. The autoplay video blocking feature is part of Google’s broader effort to block ads by default in the browser.

The feature is currently being tested in beta version, where it can be found under the permission bar.  Despite the effort being to turn off the autoplay videos by default, users will still have to activate it separately for each website they access.

We believe that would change with the stable version although. However, Chrome will mute sound for all the contents that are navigated to by the user under the parent domain, provided the feature is turned on for the domain.

Chrome 64 also brings in additional features related to ad-blocking including a new improved pop-up blocker. Additional security measures have also been implemented to prevent malicious auto-directs. On the utility side, there is a new HDR video playback support for Windows 10 devices that are run in HDR mode. A new split view feature also finds space in the beta version that allows user to multi-task with ease.

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