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How To Turn Off Media Keys in Chrome

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Modern versions of Google Chrome will show media controls when something is being projected onto your network from within the program. For example, if you start playing a video on YouTube, a media playback control symbol appears in the upper right corner. Tapping it gives you more options, like what the video is, and fundamental playback controls like play / stop and a skirt-forward function.

Click the “Cast” button below the video in the lower right corner to choose which device you need to project to. Either way, you can definitely remove the Chromecast from Chrome. Removing the playback controls is a procedure comparable to disabling a covered banner in the program.

Disable multimedia key control

  • This new feature was added in Chrome 73 and will likely be included in all foreseeable updates. The feature is enabled by default. To disable media key control in Chrome, you need to modify a flag.
  • Open Chrome and paste the following into the URL bar. Touch Enter.

chrome: // flags

  • On the Chrome flags page, look for a flag called Hardware Media Key Handling. You can use the search bar on the Flags page to find it. Open the drop-down menu next to it and select Disabled from the menu. After changing the value of the flag, you will have to restart Chrome to apply the change.
  • Use the Relaunch button on the flags page. When Chrome restarts, Chrome will no longer intercept media keys.
  • The multimedia keys will control other applications in your operating system. Its behavior will vary depending on the operating system you are using. If you are running Windows 10, the volume keys will change the system volume which, even with the flag enabled, was intercepted by the operating system. The play / pause button will work with media players that have additional support for it, for example, Groove, Movies & TV, Spotify, Netflix, etc.
  • If you are looking for a way to make Chrome intercept the media keys and let you control the media via your keyboard and enabling the flag doesn’t work, you need to check and make sure that a certain service is running on your OS. This service is the “MediaSessionService” as described in the banner description. By default, this service should be running, but you may have stopped and forgotten it, or a problem occurred that caused the service to not be running.
  • On macOS, you can check the services running from Activity Monitor or, if you’re comfortable with it, Terminal. In Windows 10, you can search for services.msc or use the Run box to open it and search for the “MediaSessionService” service.
  • If you are trying to play / pause media in Chrome through a Bluetooth headset, there is an extension that will allow you to do just that.

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