For all those times when an annoying ad starts auto-playing while you’re browsing, it’s useful to know how to mute and unmute Safari tabs on Mac. It can be quite a disturbance to figure out the source of some unwanted audio when you’ve got multiple tabs open.
Luckily, in addition to its other great features like speed, security, and support for third party extensions, Safari also offers a native tab muting feature in macOS. Let’s see how you can use it for a better browsing experience.
- How to Mute and Unmute All Safari Tabs in macOS
- Mute or Unmute Individual Tabs in Safari on Mac
- How to Keep Listening to One Tab and Mute Others
How to Mute and Unmute All Safari Tabs in macOS
When there are multiple tabs emitting sound, you can quickly mute Safari tabs in macOS by clicking the speaker icon located in the address bar.
Similarly, when you want to unmute all the silenced tabs, click the speaker icon again.
However, this only works if the tab you’re on is NOT playing any sound.
If the tab you’re on is also playing sound, clicking the speaker icon in the address bar will only mute or unmute the sound coming from within it and other tabs will be unaffected.
So to mute or unmute all tabs by just one click of the speaker icon, you must be on a tab without any audio sources.
How to Mute or Unmute Individual tabs
As mentioned above, all you have to do to mute a tab in Safari on Mac is click the blue speaker icon on the address bar in the tab.
This will silence the individual tab you have open. Similarly, to unmute an individual tab, just click the speaker icon again.
How to Keep Listening to One Tab and Mute Others
If you want to continue listening to something on one tab and mute all others that are playing, you can right-click on the speaker icon and then select ‘Mute Other Tab’.
In the same way, the right-click menu gives you the option to Unmute Safari tabs in macOS whenever you like.
So, will you be using this trick to control sounds playing on different tabs on Safari in Mac? Let us know what you think of this feature in the comments below.
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