Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome  

    Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome

    Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome

    How to Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    26 Dec 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome


    Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable the Global Media Controls experimental flag that adds a Play button to the toolbar of Google Chrome.

    Clicking on this Play button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

    See also: Manage audio and video in Chrome with one click

    The chrome://flags/#global-media-controls experimental flag is no longer available in Google Chrome to enable or disable global media controls with. Instead, you will now have to use an extension added to the shortcut target string.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Global Media Controls in Google Chrome




    Here's How:

    1 Create a Google Chrome shortcut using either method below, and add a space and the extension you want to use below to the end of the shortcut string.

    (create shortcut)

    AND

    (extension to enable global media controls for shortcut)
    --enable-features=GlobalMediaControls

    OR

    (extension to disable global media controls for shortcut)
    --disable-features=GlobalMediaControls

    For example:

    To create Google Chrome shortcut with global media controls enabled:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --enable-features=GlobalMediaControls

    To create Google Chrome shortcut with global media controls disabled:
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-features=GlobalMediaControls




    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #1

    Tutorial now updated to work again.
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 5
    10 Pro x64 19041
       #2

    Thanks for the guide! This information helped me disable another chrome feature, casting. I previously disabled casting through chrome's experimental flags feature, but as of a recent chrome update (likely 94) the flags were removed and casting was forced on once again.

    There are countless threads across the web spanning at least 5 years (likely around the time casting was introduced) asking how to disable this feature. There are many suggestions out there such as the aforementioned flags, browser extensions, ad/script blockers to block the cast buttons, vpns, separate wifi networks, etc. The only one that properly disabled casting were the flags which are now gone.

    To disable casting, use the same command line parameter in this guide but replace GlobalMediaControls with MediaRouter. So it'd look like: --disable-features=MediaRouter . You can also simultaneously disable both casting and global media controls by separating the features with a comma: --disable-features=GlobalMediaControls,MediaRouter . I also wanted to mention that when you disable MediaRouter, it also disables any other devices on your network from showing up in Chrome's play/media control button. This is great because you can still use the feature to control media from just your own chrome browser.

    It would probably be help a lot of fellow humans out there if you made a guide for disabling casting too. Also, do you happen to know of any documentation that has a list of all features that can be enabled and disabled in this way? I searched the web and some Chromium documentation but I'm unable to find more than a handful of features listed.
      My Computer


 

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