Just like video chatting, screen sharing is now a required tool for anyone working or socializing from home. Unfortunately, sharing your device’s screen can pose a privacy risk – or just embarrassing – if you don’t take precautions against accidental oversharing. To minimize this risk, Google is testing a new feature that will mute Chrome notifications while you’re sharing a Chrome window so your browser can’t air your dirty laundry without warning.

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While Google Meet already automatically mutes Chrome notifications, the new Chrome feature works with screen sharing apps like Messenger, Discord, Microsoft Teams and Zoom on desktop and mobile devices. Enabling it will prevent Chrome from sharing notification details with your audience and will help you keep your presentations professional and distraction-free.

Instead of turning off notifications at any time, they just mute them while you’re sharing the screen. They are not ignored or discarded. When you’re done sharing, you’ll be able to see any missing Gmail, Drive, and third-party websites that are sending you notifications through Chrome.

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Muting notifications may be available to all Google accounts – including general users, Google Workspace, and G Suite corporate users – through the stable Chrome channel. However, you can now try an early version in Chrome Canary. Chrome Canary is used to test unfinished functions and settings, causing stability errors and crashes. However, you need to use this version if you want to mute Chrome notifications during your presentations. Here’s a try:

  1. Download Chrome Canary for your device.
  2. Open the browser and go to chrome: // flags / # mute notifications while screen sharing.
  3. Choose “Activate” from the drop down menu.
  4. Restart Chrome Canary for the changes to take effect.

When the setting is enabled, Chrome will hide all details from incoming notifications during screen sharing. The notification will still be displayed with the Chrome icon on the screen. However, it just shows that the content is hidden while sharing your screen. Choose “Shut down” to hide the popup. There is also an option too “Show all” If you want all notification information to be shown. Otherwise, the hidden information will not be shown until you finish sharing your screen.

If you don’t want to download Chrome Canary, but still need a way to mute notifications, or don’t want to show Chrome notifications, you can turn it off in Chrome Settings by going to Settings> Privacy & Security> Site Settings> Permissions> Notifications.

[Android Police]