Enable Volume Control and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome

How to Enable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome

Google Chrome 75 introduces a new feature that allows using media keys on the keyboard to control the media content playback in the browser. When enabled, it allows using the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys, you will see a special toast notification with buttons that you can use to control media playback.

As of this writing, Google Chrome is the most popular web browser which exists for all major platforms like Windows, Android and Linux. It comes with a powerful rendering engine which supports all modern web standards.

The following screenshot demonstrates the media notification toast in Google Chrome:

Chrome Media Notification Playback Handling

This interesting feature can be disabled with a special flag.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.

To Enable Volume Control and Media Key Handling in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:
    chrome://flags/#enable-media-session-service

    This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.

  2. Select the option Enable from the drop-down list next to the 'Media Session Service' line.Enable Chrome Media Notification Playback Handling
  3. Now, enable the other flag, chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling.
  4. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button
  5. You are done.

The feature is now enabled!

To disable it later, open the flag page and change the option from Enabled back to Default.

That's it.

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