How to Enable Mute Audio icon on Tabs in Google Chrome

Web browsers have become feature-rich and play an important role in everyone’s day to life. One of the most popular web browsers out there has to be the one and only Google Chrome. It is expected that everyone uses Google Chrome because of how the whole Google ecosystem works and revolves around it perfectly with various Google Sevices. Google Chrome just received its version update to 100. And, it does have some new features. Today, we will be taking a look at how you can enable the Mute icon on Google Chrome tabs.

The option to mute audio by clicking on the icon on the tab that is playing audio has been present on a number of other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and even on the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Google Chrome has for long been missing this feature that is super useful. Sure you could mute the audio by right-clicking on the tab and then selecting the Mute Audio option. But, isn’t it much faster to simply click on the audio icon to mute audio on a tab? Well, today we will be showing you how you can enable this particular feature finally on your favorite Google Chrome web browser.

How to enable Mute Button on Tabs in Google Chrome

This is a very useful feature. Say you might be having a number of tabs open and have audio playing from one of those tabs. With the mute icon, you can simply click on the Mute icon without having to actually open the tab. As of now this feature is an experimental one and needs to be enabled in order to use it. Here are the steps.

  1. First off, launch Google Chrome and ensure that you are running on version 100.
    How to enable mute button on tabs in Google Chrome
  2. If you aren’t sure, simply click on the three-dot menu at the top right corner and choose Settings from the menu.
  3. Now, on the left side, click on the About Chrome tab.
  4. You will see on the right side the version number. If it is below 100, it will automatically begin to download the update.
  5. Once the update has been downloaded, it will ask to restart the browser so that it can finish installing the update.
  6. Once you have updated Google Chrome, you can enable this feature.
  7. Now, in the address bar of Google Chrome, simply type in “chrome://flags” and hit the enter key.
    How to enable mute button on tabs in Google Chrome
  8. A page will now be displayed titled experiments.
  9. In the search flags box, simply type in Mute.
  10. You will see an option that says tab audio muting UI control. Towards the right, you will see a drop-down menu.
    How to enable mute button on tabs in Google Chrome
  11. The option now is set to default. Click on the drop-down arrow and select Enabled.
  12. You will have to relaunch Google Chrome for the changes to be reflected.
  13. You now have the mute icon on the tab and can simply click on it to mute audio playing from that particular tab.


And there you have it. The simple way to enable the mute icon on tabs in Google Chrome to mute audio. Considering that it’s currently under the experimental features, we can hope to see the option be available right away without the user having to enable it. Hopefully, we see this happening in the upcoming updates for Google Chrome.

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