How to automatically mute inactive tabs in Chrome [Tip]

Let’s just say that you’ve opened two or more tabs in one window in Chrome. In one of your tabs, you’ve opened a video on YouTube while you also have the web version of Spotify on the other. Now, on your third tab, you’ve opened a dotTech article but you don’t want to read it while listening to any music or noise.

So what’s your best option? Well, you can choose to manually mute the media contents of both tabs or simply turn off the volume of your computer or laptop. If you want a more convenient option, then you can choose to automatically mute your browser’s inactive or background tabs. How? Simply read on.

How to automatically mute inactive tabs in Chrome


The following steps will teach you how to automatically mute inactive tabs while viewing your active tab in Chrome.

  • On your Chrome web browser, go to the Web Store then search for an extension called “Mute Inactive Tabs” by doweb.
  • Download and install the said extension to your Chrome web browser.
  • Once installed, you can try out the extension by opening two or more tabs in Chrome. In the first two tabs, open a page or site that contains a media file (ex. YouTube video, SoundCloud, Spotify). Play the media in each tab then open a third tab.
  • On the third tab, you can load another video or a regular site.
  • As you can notice, the extension will automatically mute all of your other tabs aside from your active tab. So it makes it easier for you to switch between two to three videos or media files without having to manually mute the others.
  • That’s not all. The extension will automatically resume the audio of your muted tab as soon as you click on it and view it as your active tab.

It’s that simple.

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