How to Enable Global Media Controls in Chrome browser

Google Chrome comes with lots of useful options which are experimental. In recent time, Google has started working on the ‘Global Media Controls’ feature which would quite useful for tech enthusiastic users. Earlier, this impressive feature was limited to the Canary branch of Chrome. Even though, the good news here is that with the stable branch of the browser, you can now Enable ‘Global Media Controls’ in Chrome 77. The browser contains an experimental feature which depicts a popup which is similar to the one that occurs on pressing the multimedia keys on your keyboard.

After that, turning on this feature, a new button will add to the browser toolbar. When you click on that button, a flyout will open that exhibits your current media sessions along with play/pause and rewind buttons. As for example, YouTube videos playing in browser tabs. Besides, it also allows you to promptly access and controls the media stream without switching to its tab which remarkably enhances the user experience. This experimental feature can be activated with a flag. Let’s see how to activate it.

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How to Enable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome

Here are the following steps to Enable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome-

Step-1: At first, make sure that your Chrome browser is updated to version 77.

Step-2: In the browser, go to the address bar and type the following – chrome://flags/#global-mediacontrols.

Step-3: On pressing the Enter key, locate the Global Media Controls flag in the list.

Step-4: Now, click on the drop-down menu and select the Enabled option.

Step-5: Here, a popup appears and ask you to relaunch the browser, click on the Restart button.

Enable Global Media Controls in Chrome

Step-6: Open a YouTube video and you will see a new playback button on the toolbar.

Step-7: Click on that button to access the list of your playing media streams.

Step-8: In case, you want to disable it later, open the flag page and switch the option from Enabled back to Default.

That’s it.