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How to Enable or Disable Global Media Playback Control in Chrome?

How to Enable or Disable Global Media Playback Control in Chrome?

In the Chrome 79 update, Google launched Global Media Playback Control in Chrome. The Global Media Playback Control allows users to control the music playback on the browser. Suppose you want to write an article while watching a YouTube video and control the playback without switching back to the YouTube tab. That can be done using the new Global Media Playback Control in Chrome.

The Global Media Playback Control works across all the websites such as Facebook, YouTube, or any other site that offers video playback functionality. But the functionality differs from website to website. For example, YouTube provides a complete mini-player like user-interface with a thumbnail, play/pause button and forward and reverse button. But Facebook just shows the play/pause button.

How to enable Global Media Playback Control?

With Chrome 79, the Global Media Playback Control is enabled by default. All you need to do is start playing a video on the browser and look for the ‘Music’ icon towards the right side of the URL bar. Click on that to see the controls. If you are not able to see that button, here’s a step by step guide on how to activate it:

Step 1: Type chrome://flags in the address bar.

Step 2: Now, type Global Media Playback Control in the search bar.

Step 3: Once the option appears, click on the drop-down box placed right in front of it and choose the Enable option.

Note: If the option is enabled by default, you might have to wait till you receive the Chrome 79 update for the browser. You can manually check the update by heading to the Help section of the browser. Just tap on the three horizontal dots and choose the option Help and choose the option About Google Chrome.