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How to play Chrome Audio via separate devices



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Windows allows you to assign individual apps to different playback devices, but all your Chrome tabs are treated as a single application. Here's how to split your Chrome tabs and play sounds from different tabs through different audio devices.

A warning sign: Installing Chrome extensions is more dangerous than you would think, so we generally recommend adding too many of them. But this seems okay and is open source to start. If you're still careful, you can manually set it up to work only on certain sites, such as YouTube, in Chrome's extension settings.

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Install AudioPick

Click on "Add to Chrome" on AudioPick's download page and accept the permissions. You will have a new icon in the menu bar that provides the interface:

 picks an output unit for the current tab

By default, it is set to use the head audio output, or more specifically whatever you has set Chrome to use in the Windows settings for the app. You can change the current tab to use any other product you have configured in Windows.

AudioPick remembers your choice for each tab. Your choice does not affect other tabs either. Current tabs continue to use whatever you set them up and new tabs use System Default Device.

This works with any device, even virtual, which makes this add-on useful if you want to play music through the speakers while listening to something on the headphones, like audio.

A bug that we have found: Sometimes, when you plug audio devices, the extension can get stuck and dampen the output. If this happens, just return it to the system standard unit and then activate the desired device.

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Restrict the extension's state

As a general rule for all Chrome extensions, you should list specific sites where this extension may work . It ensures that the extension only runs where you need it and provides some protection if the extension becomes poor and starts tracking you.

You can do this in Chrome's extension settings. Click on the menu icon at the top right and select More tools> Extensions. Scroll down to AudioPick and select "Details."

You can change site access permissions and add as many sites as you like:

 whitelisting allowed sites

Alternatively, you can set it to "On Click", which will disable permissions until you click the icon in the menu bar.

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