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How to Allow or Block Sound and Media on Brave Browser?

The web browser can control the sound and media auto-play feature, which is enabled by default, but most sites misuse it. The Brave browser offers the option to stop the sound and media volume from the websites. It can customize the sites with access to sound permissions and those that don’t allow media play.

I was reading an article on my favorite blog and was startled by an ad playing loudly. I did not expect it and was left quite disturbed. Sadly, this is not the first time it has happened. I realized that I needed to do something about it! And then I had an epiphany that something similar might have happened to others too.

To be clear, some websites play appropriate sounds in the given context. For example, you can watch the demo video for more information if you shop on a website and need help checking out.

In this case, the website needs permission to play sound for you to be able to watch the video.

You can block all web pages from playing sounds or selectively provide access to certain websites on the Brave browser. You can also edit, block, and remove the websites that already have permission to play sounds on the browser. You must access the sound settings, and the website will be blocked or allowed to play sounds.

Many websites require sound access for playing audio, videos, etc. Videos have become a powerful tool for communication, and many websites have videos that serve different purposes. Some videos are ads; some contain general information or updates. Hence, websites require sound access to get their point across.

However, sometimes websites can play scary sounds. And if you have multiple tabs open, it can often lead you to scramble to find the tab playing music. Managing which websites can play sounds is imperative to avoid such situations.

Allow Sound in Brave

By default, the Brave browser allows sound access and media play permission for all the sites. However, you can double-check the sound settings page if the browser is not playing media sounds and music.

Here are the steps to allow sound and media to play on the Brave browser:

  1. Launch the Brave computer browser.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3bar icon menu and select the Settings sub-menu from the list.
    Brave browser Settings menu option
  3. Switch to the Privacy and Security tab in the left panel from the browser settings page.
  4. Select the Site and shield settings on the page that appears.
  5. Scroll down to the Content section and expand the Additional content settings tab.
    Sound Tab in Brave browser on computer
  6. Click on the Sound menu, and select the Site can play sound radio button.
    Site can play sound on Brave browser

If the site or browser is having an issue with the sound play, then checking this sound settings page and switching to Sites can play sound should resolve the issues.

Block Sound in Brave

If you do not want the browser to play any sound or music in the foreground or background, you can disable the Sound permission for all the sites.

Here are the steps to block and stop the sound for all sites in the Brave browser:

  1. Launch the Brave computer browser.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3bar icon menu and select the Settings sub-menu from the list.
    Brave browser Settings menu option
  3. Switch to the Privacy and Security tab in the left panel from the browser settings page.
  4. Select the Site and shield settings on the page that appears.
    Sites and shield Settings on Brave Computer browser
  5. Scroll down to the Content section and expand the Additional content settings tab.
  6. Click on the Sound menu, and select the Don’t allow sites to play sound radio button.
    Do not allow sites to play sound on Brave computer

It will immediately disable the sound and music play for all the sites. It will continue to play the media but without sound. And these settings are applied to all the sites.

Manage Sound Settings

The Brave browser offers the option to manage the sound settings for individual sites. We can add the site URL into respective buckets to stop or allow sound play.

Here are the steps to manage the sound settings for individual sites on the Brave browser:

Navigate to the sound settings pages in the Brave browser; you can also visit the URL – brave://settings/content/sound on the Brave browser.

You can then click the corresponding Add button to add a website with access to the sound settings.

Add Site URL on Sound settings on Brave browser

Enter the URL of the website of your choice in the menu that opens and click on the Add button.

Add Site URL to Allow Sound Settings in Brave browser

To edit, block, or allow websites, click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and alter the settings.

More options menu in Sound Settings on Brave browser

Close the tab once you are done, and the changes to the settings will be applied.

Bottom Line: Brave Sound Settings

So whether you want to block websites from playing annoying audio or videos or want to permit websites to play sounds, you need to manage the sound settings of the browser efficiently.

The Brave browser allows users to permit or block all websites to play sounds. Users can also customize these settings by adding the URL to the websites they want to prohibit or allow to play sounds.

You can block, allow, and manage which websites can use sound by managing the sound settings on the Brave browser. You can do so by accessing the site settings and allowing sound access to only that particular website. You can also change the sound settings of the browser in general.

It is worth noting that managing which websites have sound access is similar to managing which websites have permission to use pop-ups, redirects, and Javascript. You need to head to the site settings under the privacy and security settings of the browser to make changes to the sound settings.

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