How to Mute a Tab in Google Chrome

In older versions of Chrome, you could mute tabs after right-clicking. In the latest version of the browser there are no buttons or shortcuts to mute a single page. This feature has been eliminated for the benefit of advertisers. Now auto-play ads are automatically disabled only if the user is not interested in a certain product for a long time.

You can download extensions to your browser to adjust the sound. Here’s a list of suitable add-ons:

  • Mute Tab. This extension allows you to mute individual tabs by a new context menu option or by interacting with the extension icon.
  • Mute Tab- Silent in a click. Allows you to both mute Chrome browser completely and stop playing audio files in a single tab.
  • Smart Mute. You can use the extension to mute audio in the active tab, in all inactive tabs, or switch your browser to silent mode.
  • Smart Tab Mute. This extension mutes audio files in inactive tabs. When the user switches to a certain tab, this tab unmutes.
“Mute site” option added by the Mute Tab extension
“Mute site” option added by the Mute Tab extension

The listed add-ons can be installed in the Chrome Web Store. Add-ons shortcuts are located under the puzzle icon in the top right corner of the browser.

Active extensions under the Extension button
Active extensions under the Extensions button

In Chrome on Android, you can only remove sound in all tabs at once. To do this:

  • launch Chrome
  • tap on the three dots in the corner of the screen
  • go to “Settings” > “Site settings” > “Sound”
  • flip the switch

If you want to keep sound on a particular site, though, click “Add Exceptions”, specify the address of that site and click “Add” again.

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