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Clever Mute

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This extension mutes all sites by default. If a site tries to play any sound you'll be notified so you can decide what to do

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Description from store If you like this extension and want to help the developer, please consider making a donation: https://www.paypal.me/clevermute When this extension is installed, every new website that is loaded by the browser will be muted by default unless it's found on the extension's whitelist. Several features allow you to control which sites sound and which don't: - You can mute or unmute any site just by clicking the extension icon, just like it's normally done with the tab speaker icon. - When a website starts trying to play sounds you'll be notified by this extension. Then you can unmute it for the current browser session or add it to the white list. If you ignore the notification or close it, the website will be automatically added to black list. - A website that is whitelisted will be unmuted by default and you won't receive any notification. - KILLER FEATURE: This extension is only triggered when a tab tries to play audio. This improves the extension efficiency and avoids having unnecessary muted speaker icons on tabs that do not sound, giving a cleaner appearance to the browser tabs. - The extension icon gives you information about the current website white or black list status: If the speaker icon is white, the url is whitelisted. If the speaker icon is strikethrough and contains a black dot, the url is blacklisted. Simple, effective and powerful Source code (If you want to contribute): https://github.com/edertone/CleverMute

Latest reviews

  • (2023-10-10) Lex Wassenberg: Always blocks translate.google.co.uk, no matter what I do. Works on most other sites, though.
  • (2022-01-25) M S: Thanks you for you work. But plug. without asking, will be useful. with asking every time, and play sound for 1s is useless.
  • (2021-11-19) TBO1981: Does the opposite of what I was looking for but still works for what I needed, Yes there is a some sec of audio when a new tab is opened but that's no big deal. so far works well
  • (2021-01-15) wc intel: was clever now not working as was
  • (2020-01-24) Luis Lobo: THE BEST. I did a search searching over a hundred extensions. I found the logic of this the best, because the solution is definitely the most intelligent. Thank you!
  • (2019-11-09) Lee Hodsdon: Installed this extension into Chrome v78.0. The toolbar icon color is poorly chosen for use when a dark theme is used in the web browser. The author should provide 2 icon themes: one for light theme in Chrome, and another for the dark theme in Chrome. This extension is supposed to popup an alert for when it detects a site wants to play sound. I never get that popup. When I go to chrome:extensions, click on Details for this extension, there is no link to Options, so no way for me to manually edit the white- and blacklists (and especially the blacklist due to poor GUI design of this extensions dialog). Alt-clicking on this extension's toolbar icon shows Options in the context menu, but Options is disabled (grayed out), so it has no user-configurable options. That means I can never add a site to a whitelist. I could never delete an accidentally blacklisted site (due to poor GUI design). And no means of editing those lists, either. This extension has not been updated in over an year. Back then Chrome was at version 69. Now it's up to version 78 (released). Perhaps Google changed something in one of those later 9 version of Chrome that disables the white/blacklisting options and popup alert functions in this extension, or the author removed that functionality but did not update the description his extension. Since there is no web site for this extension, there's no place for the author to list a release notes history on his versions. I tried restarting Chrome and disabled any other extensions dealing with tabs, sounds, or autoplay. Still no popup alert from this extension when visiting Youtube and selecting a video to play, so no choices regarding audio in the current tab session, to whitelist, or to blacklist (on closing its dialog). I was using Youtube to test, and maybe this extension won't work with that site. However, that does not explain the absence of Options (to show and edit white- and blacklists) when I look at the details of this extension and Options being disabled when right-clicking on its toolbar icon. I also noticed the muting is delayed. When I open a tab that plays audio, the audio starts playing and then this extension mutes the tab in about a second. Apparently it doesn't inspect the document on load to check for audio or video tags in the HTML code, and instead it waits until it detects sound actually playing. I hear a blurp of audio at 100% which can be quite loud for some videos, and why I wanted an auto-muter extension. Committing an action on closing or ignoring a dialog box is very improper GUI design. In this extension, it supposedly automatically blacklists a site if you close its dialog. The "X" close button should only perform THAT function: close the dialog. No action (whitelisting, blacklisting, Windows shutdown, exploding your computer, or whatever) should be performed on closing the dialog. That's behavior employed by scam, rogueware, and ransomware dialogs. If I want a site whitelisted, that should require a choice by me (which is the current case). If I want a site blacklisted, that should also a require a choice BY ME, and an overt choice to blacklist, not a covert function of closing the dialog. Uninstalled this extension. Will have to trial other choices.
  • (2019-04-05) Magdalena Kucharska: The site may play a split second of audio before it is muted but after adding it to black list it doesn't happen again. Very easy to toggle on/off. Gives me the exact form of control over audio I was looking for, works out of the box. Great extension.
  • (2019-03-28) Paul Wuertz: Plays a split second of audio before muting. And it turns out that it's impossible to mute individual tabs now in Chrome??
  • (2019-03-12) Евгений Сковородин (Sedoi): Чёткое Расширение
  • (2019-02-15) spookym 123: Funny, this extension "works", but only after several seconds of sound. THEN it mutes the site! To be effective, it needs to mute sound immediately, before any sound is heard.
  • (2019-01-19) Маша Морская: нормально
  • (2018-11-06) RedSnt: I'm using this in Vivaldi browser which uses a fork of Chromium called Blink where you can't mute a tab until it has played audio so I had to try a few auto-mute extensions to find this one which is perfect for my needs. Despite lacking an options page where you would set either black- or whitelisting, it's still intuitive to whitelist whole domains. You'll often hear ~0.1s of audio before it mutes a tab, but it's definitely better than nothing. EDIT: Turns out this extension automatically re-mutes tabs once the volume drops below a certain threshold meaning it doesn't remember the correct unmute state. Annoying user experience when watching streams with occasional pauses. This is obviously Vivaldi's fault of course.
  • (2018-10-31) El Stevo: I like the app, but I find the notifications in the upper right hand corner very annoying and I wish there was a way to disable them.
  • (2018-09-08) Jaume Mussons: Does what it says
  • (2018-06-25) Mai Tran: impeccable!!
  • (2018-04-18) Ricky Shade: Sweet, it works the way it should! Even Chrome 66 doesn't work the way people want it to. Glad this exists!
  • (2018-03-12) Rich Allen: Thank you! Hopefully now, I can disable AdBlock Plus, and stop punishing decent websites because of the annoying, inconsiderate ones. I read your reply about the Chrome API, and all autoplay audio playing for a fraction of a second. One solution might be to have an "disable all audio" option, with a "popup notification if audio tries to play" option, with a right click "enable / disable audio" option. I just found your extension, read the reviews, and your replies, and it seems to be best option for what I want, with a little room for improvement. Thanks for the work you've put into this! I hate punishing good websites because of the bad ones.
  • (2017-10-22) JLLBPN TikTok Short Videos: i dont like this
  • (2017-10-05) Joules Beef: thanks. got pretty tired of hearing for months how in an upcoming beta google might let us mute sites perm.. in the three months since that story seems like the audio problem has gotten much worse. all teh worlds news media seemed to have went to the same web seminar that told them, they need to get a floating news auto player immediately.
  • (2017-09-22) Stephanie Marsh (sfm): Sites can play sound for a fraction of a second before CleverMute kicks in, but it's still a huge improvement. It doesn't happen again after a site has been muted. I like how easy it is to toggle sound on/off.
  • (2017-02-27) Ron Leung: Great. Especially with all the autoplay video with sound on at major news sites. However it would be great if the whitelist feature worked. I have to keep toggling with sites like Netflix and Youtube, especially since this extension reactivates the disabling upon reload.
  • (2017-02-09) Roberto de Pradena: It is a useful application. Nice job man.
  • (2017-02-06) Nando L: EXACTLY! what I was looking for. I honestly never though any one would make something like this but here it is and the only one that does exactly what I need it to do. It's perfect thank you.
  • (2016-09-28) Jonatan Nieto: Good idea, It has helped me a lot.
  • (2016-09-19) Christian Torrens: Very useful and intuitive!
  • (2016-09-02) William Hohenstein: Working as intended. Thanks.

Latest issues

  • (2019-11-04, v:0.5.1) Alecsandru C. Duma: Not good enough
    once whitelisted or blacklisted a site cannot be changed. other same purposed extensions work better. I used this for more than a year, but the lack of improving made me move to a different one.
  • (2019-10-15, v:0.5.1) Ran Cohen: can't mute again after allowing all sounds
    If I came to a website and accidentally chosen to never mute on the website, I can't mute that website again.
  • (2019-03-05, v:0.5.1) Glen Ritchie: Doesn't work with many streaming sites
    Works great overall, but some streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Stan, the addon is unable to detect the domain and automatically mutes the stream.
  • (2018-07-24, v:0.4.210) deborah hart: auto editing
    I type in all lower case. always have. if I add a word like "i" it immediately makes it "I" which I then backspace and enter "i" which it then immediately changes back to "I." THEN i try a third time and i am finally allowed in. HELP!!
  • (2018-04-04, v:0.4.210) Kaan T: No instant mute
    hi there, first of thx for your work. the product works great beside of that it does not mute a given website instantly. instead of that it mutes, i guess, a given website only if the website playing a sound. this leads to the problem that you can hear this sound for ~a second before the website gets muted. could you fix that please?
  • (2017-10-08, v:0.4.210) Joules Beef: removing sites from whitelist
    Could definitely use a way to remove sites from the whitelist, accidentally added
  • (2017-02-09, v:0.4.127) Ron Leung: whitelist
    Great extension and it works as stated. Except for the whitelist. Is that a feature in development as I can't find it. Thanks


1,131 history
3.8824 (34 votes)
Last update / version
2021-12-31 / 0.5.1
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