YouTube videos have all started playing with the audio slider set to mute. I can slide the volume on for each video to hear the audio, but when opening a new video it's also automatically set to mute.

YouTube mute

How can I get videos to automatically play with volume enabled?

I'm using Chrome on Windows 7, without any external Flash installed (just Chrome's built-in version).

  • Are you using any sort of Chrome extension that adds to/modifies YouTube functionality?
    – ale
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 12:48
  • 2
    +1 I am also having this issue. Ubuntu + Chrome. Started yesterday.
    – user48827
    Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 13:41
  • 2
    Noticed as well on Chrome with no extensions Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 16:32
  • Tested it on IE Win8.1.(Dont have any plugins running on IE) Maybe its a YoutTube bug... Commented Oct 4, 2013 at 18:33

1 Answer 1


It's a YouTube bug. According to Google employee ytKeane, it's is a known issue. His or her reply in the Google Product forum is as follows:

Thanks for your patience, all. We have been aware of this issue. It should be resolved soon.

While this issue is live, please try clearing your browser's cache and cookies, or the workaround:

The mute will keep coming back for each video you watch, but you can get your sound back each time by pausing the video, right clicking the little X by the speaker symbol and then clicking the speaker symbol itself. Then start the video again. Kind of a pain, but at least you can hear the videos until the problem is fixed.

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