Google Chrome is the most popular browser because of better user experience, built-in features, and extensions. It also brings time to time updates to bring more features and make it more user-friendly. Recently, it has come with another fantastic feature which lets you mute websites. Yes! You can mute a website in Chrome browser permanently or temporarily without using any extension. Once a website is muted, it won’t play any sound unless you unmute it. This feature is very helpful to mute those sites that automatically play sound in the background through ads or embedded videos. Now we have a powerful solution to stop sound for any website.
The feature to mute websites has come with Chrome 64 version. So, you must update your Chrome browser to version 64 to use this feature. Also, there are two ways to mute websites in Google Chrome: using right-click menu of tab and Settings of Chrome browser. This step by step guide covers both the ways.
After adding a website to the muted list, the volume icon on the tab for that specific website will always visible as muted. Don’t worry you can always unmute a website in Chrome browser anytime.
What you see in above image are the websites which were added to the muted list in Google Chrome browser. So, let’s see how to do that.
Option 1: Mute Websites In Google Chrome Via Right-Click Menu of Tab
1). Launch Chrome browser and open a website that you want to mute.
2). Right-click on the tab and select ‘Mute site‘ option.
This is it! Now the website is muted. In a similar way, you can mute any other website in Google Chrome. Earlier, there was Mute tab option available in right-click menu of Chrome tab but this option is replaced with Mute site option. I really wish Mute tab option will be added once again. Till then, you can only mute the entire website by right-clicking on a tab and selecting Mute site option.
3). To unmute a website, open it in a tab, right-click on the tab, and select ‘Unmute site‘ option. This will instantly unmute that website.
This option to mute a site is fast. But, you can easily unmute a website by right-click menu of a tab. If you don’t want that, then you should follow the second option.
Options 2: Mute A Website In Chrome Browser Via Settings
1). Open Google Chrome browser.
2). Click ‘Customize and control Google Chrome‘ icon (three vertical dots on the top right corner) and then tap on Settings option. You may see the screenshot added below for reference.
3). The Settings page of Google Chrome will open in a new tab. Scroll down Settings page and click on Advanced option.
4). Tap on Content Settings option which is available under ‘Privacy and security‘ menu.
5). Content Settings has a Sound option. Tap on the Sound option.
6). In Sound menu, tap on ADD option available for Muted sites’ section.
7). “Add a site” pop-up will open. Enter the URL of a website and then select ADD button.
This is it! You have muted a website in your Google Chrome browser successfully. In this way, you can mute more websites. When you will right-click on the tab and press ‘Unmute site’ option, it won’t work. Therefore, the option 2 is more powerful than option 1.
To unmute a website which is muted using the option 2, you need to follow the next step.
8). Repeat step 1 to 5 to access Sound menu under Settings of Google Chrome. After that, you will see the list of muted websites. To unmute a website, click on three vertical dots icon visible on the right-side of website URL and then tap on Remove button. This will instantly remove the website from the muted list.
This way, you can unmute other websites also.
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Muting a tab in Google Chrome was already there but that option is replaced with muting an entire website, which was not possible earlier. It’s gonna benefit a lot of users. I was also frustrated with a few websites that automatically play sound. This feature has helped me a lot. Follow any of these 2 ways mentioned above and mute any website permanently or temporarily in Google Chrome. I prefer 2nd option over option 1 as it is more effective. Try any of these two ways to mute websites in Google Chrome and you may help others also.