Due to the pandemic, people using Video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Google Meet to connect and they may share their screen in a video call. The website notifications may appear during screen sharing and can cause a problem. Google now wants to fix this annoyance in the Chrome browser. The company has added a flag to Canary for the same and implemented a commit to ensure the notifications should not appear until the screen sharing session is complete and that makes complete sense.
Why is this important:
Chrome with the ability to receive notifications from websites may show sensitive information to the viewers during video call when you’ve shared your screen.
You should note that generally, the notifications won’t appear when you share a Chrome tab or window.
To disable notifications during a screen share in Chrome
- Launch Chrome browser
- Visit chrome://flags
- Search for “Mute notifications during screen share”
- Click on the dropdown arrow and selected ” Enabled
- Restart the browser.
After enabling the flag, with the commit Chromium team made, Chrome stops the new notifications from appearing while the screen being shared.
Since Edge is based on Chromium, there a fair chance for this flag and feature to work on it as well.
The feature flag is available in Chrome 87. According to the Chrome release schedule, Chrome version 87 is estimated to be released on November 17, 2020.
It is worth noting that flags are experimental features, they may appear, disappear or break the browser. And there is no guarantee that these will enter in the Stable version.
What’s your take on the new feature Chrome working to ensure notifications should not be allowed during a video call or online meeting when you share your screen?
Don’t you think this should be available in Firefox and other web browsers also? Let us know in the comments below.