How to Enable Global Media Controls in Chrome

Updated on March 25, 2021

These are the instructions to Enable Global Media Controls in the Google Chrome Web Browser.

Chrome Media Controller

Enable Global Media Controls in Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome Browser on your Computer (assuming chrome is already installed; if not you can Download Google Chrome and install it).
  2. Chrome Shortcut
  3. In the address bar type chrome://flags/ and Press Enter Key:
  4. Chrome Flags
  5. Now, Type Global Media Controls in the Search Flags Box.
  6. Chrome Flags Global Media Control
  7. Under the Global Media Controls, click on the Default Dropdown and Select Enabled.
  8. Chrome Flags Global Media Control Enabled
  9. Now, Click on Relaunch Now Button.
  10. Chrome Flags Global Media Control Enabled launch
  11. Now, Open Few videos on YouTube (in multiple tabs, so that Media Control can detect the Media).
  12. Chrome Media Tabs
  13. Once you opened few videos on YouTube (or anywhere), the Global Media Control will detect it, and a Play Button will appear next to the Person Button.
  14. Chrome Global Media Control Play Button
  15. Click on the Play Button to Control your Multiple Media Tabs.
  16. Chrome Global Media Control Play Options

    That’s it. Now you can control Play, Pause, Backward, and Forward of any Media Tab from a Single Controller.


[*] The same settings can also be applied on all chromium based web browsers to Enable or Disable the Global Media Controls Button.

[*] How to Hide or remove the Global Media Control? By default, the latest version of Chrome doesn’t show the Global Media Control Button. But if in case, you have enabled it from Chrome Experiments, then again visit Chrome Experiments Page by typing: chrome://flags/ > Search Global Media Controls under search flags box > Click on the Enabled Dropdown and Select Default > Relaunch the Browser.

[*] The Global Media Controller doesn’t Support Forward and Backward on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. At the moment, the Forward and Backward buttons only work for YouTube.

[*] Chrome Guides: If you are looking for How-to Guides on Google Chrome then, Check out the Google Chrome Guides Page.

[*] Credits: Google Chrome Browser is developed and provided by Google Inc. So, full credit goes to Google for developing the Browser.

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