MAC/OSX – How to disable Youtube / Chrome media keys

So if you’re anything like me you might be using Spotify to listen to music on your iMac/MacBook, and also use the built-in keyboard media keys to control Spotify while it’s minimised and you’re working in other applications.

After a recent Chrome update it seems to be deciding that it wants control of them buttons while it’s got media playing – So I would open up a Youtube video in Chrome, click Pause on the keyboard media keys, I was expect the background music to stop, but instead the Youtube video would pause… Not idea!

There’s a fix!

1 – Open up chrome and put the below in your address bar at the top, and hit enter/return.


2 – You should see a “Hardware Media Key Handling” setting there, change this to Disabled

3 – Restart Chrome

Your back to normal now!

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