Google Chrome shows media controls when something is being cast on your Wi-Fi network. If you’re not the one doing the casting, this can be a little annoying, especially since you can control someone else̵
The Chromecast media controls appear next to the extensions in the top right corner of the Chrome desktop browser on Windows 10, Mac, and Linux. You’ll see an icon with a musical note and three lines, and clicking on it will show you some basic controls for the video or music being cast.
Unfortunately, the only way to prevent the media controls from showing is to disable a Chrome flag. It’s kind of an “unofficial” way of doing things, but it can achieve the desired result.
Warning: Features behind Chrome flags are there for a reason. They may be unstable, negatively affect your browser’s performance, and may disappear without notice. Enable flags at your own risk.
First, open Google Chrome on your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC. Then type
chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.
Then use the search box to find a flag titled “Global Media Controls for Cast”.
Select the corresponding flag drop-down menu and change it to ‘Disabled’.
After you change the flag status, Chrome will ask you to restart the browser to apply the changes. Click the blue “Restart” button at the bottom of the screen.
That is it! You will no longer see the media control icon in the toolbar when someone is casting on your network!
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