As we reported earlier, an improvement in the Picture-in-Picture(P-i-P) in Chromium browsers has been in the works since last month. The improvement includes bringing support for ‘mute videos in Picture-in-Picture mode.’ But all we had back then was merely some leaked screenshot of how the feature works and not something that we can test.
The new feature that enables you to mute videos when you opt for Picture-in-Picture is finally ready to be tested. If you are on Google Chrome Dev channel then you can test it right now, not just Chrome, Microsoft Edge being a Chromium-based browser, can also make use of the new feature. Again, you need to be on Microsoft Edge Dev Channel to enable the feature.
A quick guide on how to enable mute videos in P-i-P
1. Ensure you’re using dev or Canary versions of Chrome and Edge,
2. Visit about:flags page (available in Edge also as)
3. Find and enable ” Experimental Web Platform features”flag
4. Restart the browser
5. Visit Youtube(or other video streaming platform that supports P-i-P) and play any video
6. Right click on the video two times and select “Picture-in-Picture” option.
7. Hover over the PiP window to see Mute button at lower left corner, click on it to mute the video, to unmute it, click again.
It is worth noting that the above step by step guide works on both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge or any chromium-based browsers for that matter.