Chrome Starts Blocking Autoplaying Videos with Sound

March 23, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Version 64 of Chrome had handed over the ability of stopping autoplaying videos and muting them in specific sites. Chrome is now adding on to it by introducing a few conditions for videos to autoplay to ensure the playback consistency in the browser.

Version 66 of Chrome, which has now entered Beta, will let media auto start only if a few conditions are met. This includes the videos to be muted to have them played automatically. Chrome will now stop the playback of videos that force autoplay with sounds.

Few other conditions have also been put in place for videos to autoplay. This includes the condition that websites with media should have been previously tapped or clicked during the browsing session. Chrome is also limiting video playback on the basis of user browsing frequency of the sites.

In desktop, Chrome will let media autoplay once it detects in its Media Engagement Index that media have been played frequently on the specific site. As with mobile, autoplay videos will continue to play provided the site has been added to the Home Screen by the user.

Version 66 also brings in other changes in relation to plug-ins. Chrome is currently attempting to bring down browser crashes due to injections by extensions. Additionally, Chrome will also report warnings following the occurrence of such crashes.

As with the upgrades in the mobile version of Chrome, Chrome Home bottom tool bar now gets replaced by what’s called as Chrome Home Duplex, adding a new pull-out toolbar at the bottom space where all bookmarks get stacked. Chrome is also implementing modern design to elements including search bar and New Tab page. All the features are still under development, and are expected to hit the stable channel in a few weeks.

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