How to Enable or Disable Hardware Media Controls in Firefox

If you want to enable or disable hardware media controls in the Firefox browser, this post will help you. This feature, available with Firefox version 81 or later, allows you to control the media playback from all tabs simultaneously.

After you upgrade to version 81 or later, you may change the track of the playing video and adjust the audio volume. You may now enjoy your favorite music while doing other things simultaneously. Moreover, you can also pause or resume the playback without going to the audio or video itself.

Enable or Disable Hardware Media Controls in Firefox

To enable or disable the hardware media controls feature in Firefox, use the following steps:

  • Click the Start menu, type Firefox, and then open the Firefox browser.
  • Go to the address bar, type the below text line, and press enter:
  • At this time, you will see a warning message saying Proceed with Caution. Click on the Accept the Risk and Continue button.

Enable or Disable Hardware Media Controls in Firefox

  • On the next page, go to the search field and search for the following:
  • Double-click on the result (media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled) to set its value to true or false. If you want to enable the feature then set the preference to true.

Enable Hardware Media Controls in Firefox

How do I disable the hardware media key in Firefox?

If you would like to disable this hardware media controls feature on Mozilla, copy/paste “about:config” in the URL and press Enter.

On the upcoming screen, change the “media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled” to false. You may change its value even by using the toggle button that is available next to the right of the command.

Disable Hardware Media Controls in Firefox

  • Once you’re done, relaunch the browser so that the changes take effect when you open the browser next time.

That’s it. If you find this feature useful, let us know in the comments section.

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