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Allow or Block Sound and Audio Play Permissions in Opera on the Computer

Want to control sound playback from websites in the Opera browser? Learn how to allow or stop sound and auto-play for the sites.

Opera browsers provide control over the sound or audio permission given to websites. It allows you to restrict or enable sound access to a set of websites or all the sites you visit.

In addition, you can stop the sound and even auto-play media. The sound settings are available under the Site Settings section in the browser.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to manage the sound and media play permissions in the Opera browser.

Block Sound Access to Sites

The unnecessary playing of videos and sounds on a website without your consent can be disturbing, especially when reading through a news article and suddenly a live video player pops up and starts auto-play.

  1. Launch the Opera browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the Settings settings gear icon in the sidebar.
    Opera settings gear iconIt will open the Opera Settings page.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom to find the Advanced Settings section.
  4. Within the Advanced section, go to the Privacy and Security section.
  5. Click to open the Site Settings tab.
    Site Settings menu in Opera Computer browser
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and click to expand – Additional content settings.
  7. Select to open the Sound settings tab.
    Sound Settings in Opera browser under Additional content settingsIt will open the Sound settings page.
  8. Disable the toggle button for the Allow Sites to Play sound option.
    Disable the sound access permission on Opera browser for websites

It will stop the sound for all the websites on the Opera browser.

Alternatively, you can also add websites to the Mute section if you specifically want to block sound access for them. It doesn’t get affected by the toggle button above. Click on the Add button and enter the URL to mute sound permissions.

Add the Site URL to Mute section to Disable the Sound on Opera

It will eliminate annoying videos that start playing automatically in the Opera browser without your permission.

Allow the Sound Permissions in Opera app

Several websites will not function at all if you block sound access. For instance, YouTube and Instagram are full of videos and reels that especially need sound access. Here are the steps to allow sound access:

  1. Open the Opera browser on the computer.
  2. Click on the Settings settings gear icon in the sidebar.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom to find the Advanced Settings section.
    Opera Browser Advanced settings hidden
  4. Within the Advanced section, go to the Privacy and Security section.
  5. Click to open the Site Settings tab.
    Site Settings menu in Opera Computer browser
  6. Scroll down to the bottom and click to expand – Additional content settings.
  7. Select the Sound settings tab.
    Sound Settings in Opera browser under Additional content settingsIt will open the Sound settings page.
  8. Enable the toggle button for the Allow Sites to Play sound option.
    Allow Websites to Play Sound on Opera browser

It will allow the Opera browser to play sound and audio on all the websites.

Similar to the mute section, as mentioned previously, you can add websites in the Allow section to enable specific sound access for them. Click on the Add button and enter the URL to allow sound permissions.

Add a site to allow the sound permissions on Opera browser

Both methods above will help you enable sound on the websites you browse on the Opera Browser. While some websites may be annoying, some may need sound to give you the whole experience.

Bottom Line

Opera provides a feature to customize sound play permissions for websites according to your convenience.

You can add all the annoying websites under the Mute section of the Sound Settings to block sound access for them. Likewise, websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram can be under the Allow section.

Apart from sound permissions, you can also configure the camera and microphone access in the Opera browser on the computer.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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