Google Chrome May Soon Pause Notifications During Screen Sharing

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INTRO: There could be occasions when you’re within the middle of a meeting/presentation and a potentially sensitive notification pops up somewhere on your screen. To avoid such awkward situations, Google is functioning to feature a replacement Chrome feature to cover notifications while screen sharing is ongoing .

As spotted by Chrome Story, Google Chrome’s development team is preparing a replacement Chrome flag titled ‘Mute notifications during screen share’. The flag is not live as of this writing.

Through this upcoming flag, Google will add a replacement notification blocker that waits for a screen sharing session and stops all incoming notifications when it detects one. Do note that this is often temporary and therefore the pending notifications should show up after the meeting completes.

“The notification shouldn’t show until the screen sharing session is over. This doesn’t apply to sharing one tab or window as those would typically not show the incoming notification anyway,” reads the outline of the feature.

Interestingly, this doesn’t seem to be limited to the desktop version of Chrome. There is a comment within the ASCII text file that hints at the supply of the feature on Android also .

“#if !defined(OS_ANDROID): This notification blocker listens to the events when the user starts capturing a display. It will block notifications while such a capture is ongoing. Note that this doesn’t include casting the entire display and only covers capturing via WebContents,” reads the comment.

Given the increase in popularity of video calls and web conferencing, we could expect Google to bring this convenient feature to the stable channel of Google Chrome soon. Before that happens, the feature should go sleep in the aforesaid Chrome flag within the coming weeks within Chrome Canary first.

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