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Chrome 71 event when Chrome autoplay restriction blocks sound #1070

MalcolmDwyer opened this Issue Nov 9, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Nov 9, 2018

Regarding the upcoming Chrome 71 changes to the autoplay policy, I'm still looking for a way to make Howler tell me when the sound failed to play.

I'm on Chrome 70, but getting 71 behavior by starting up Chrome like this:
(As described here)

$ /Applications/Google\\ Chrome --disable-features=AutoplayIgnoreWebAudio

Here's the behavior:


I've seen the instructions here, but they don't help because onplayerror never fires. Also mobileAutoEnable true or false makes no difference.

Is there any way to catch the fact that the sound didn't play? Do I need to have onunlock() set a value somewhere, then poll that to check if it was never set?


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commented Nov 18, 2018

Same here on latest Safari


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commented Dec 10, 2018

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to detect this (I've asked both Google and the Web Audio team). There are some proposals in the works, but nothing solidified just yet. Going to close in favor of #939.

@goldfire goldfire closed this Dec 10, 2018

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