How to make audio autoplay on chrome

Solution #1

My solution here is to create an iframe

<iframe src="audio/source.mp3" allow="autoplay" style="display:none" id="iframeAudio">

and audio tag aswell for non-chrome browsers

<audio autoplay loop  id="playAudio">
      <source src="audio/source.mp3">

and in my script

  var isChrome = /Chrome/.test(navigator.userAgent) && /Google Inc/.test(navigator.vendor);
     $('#playAudio').remove() //just to make sure that it will not have 2x audio in the background 

Solution #2:

There is also another workaround for this according to @Leonard

Create an iframe that doesn't play anything just to trigger the autoplay in the first load.

<iframe src="silence.mp3" allow="autoplay" id="audio" style="display:none"></iframe>

good source for the mp3 file silence.mp3

Then play your real audio file at ease.

<audio id="player" autoplay loop>
    <source src="audio/source.mp3" type="audio/mp3">

Personally I prefer solution #2 because it is cleaner approach for not relying so much in JavaScript.

Leonard Storcks

There is a really neat trick to use the autoplay-function of the audio tag in chrome.


<iframe src="silence.mp3" allow="autoplay" id="audio"></iframe>

whereas silence.mp3 only is 0.5 seconds of silence.


<audio id="player" autoplay controls><source src="0.mp3" type="audio/mp3"></audio>

works afterwards.

Chrome notices that a sound has been played and gives the permission for autoplay in audio tags.

See it in action:

As of April 2018, Chrome's autoplay policies changed:

"Chrome's autoplay policies are simple:

  • Muted autoplay is always allowed.

Autoplay with sound is allowed if:

  • User has interacted with the domain (click, tap, etc.).
  • On desktop, the user's Media Engagement Index threshold has been crossed, meaning the user has previously play video with sound.
  • On mobile, the user has added the site to his or her home screen.


  • Top frames can delegate autoplay permission to their iframes to allow autoplay with sound. "

Chrome's developer site has more information, including some programming examples, which can be found here:

Just add this small script as depicted in

window.onload = function() {
  var context = new AudioContext();

Than this will work as you want:

<audio autoplay>
      <source src="hal_9000_sorry_dave.mp3">

At least you can use this:

document.addEventListener('click', musicPlay);
function musicPlay() {
    document.removeEventListener('click', musicPlay);

The music starts when the user clicks anywhere at the page.

It removes also instantly the EventListener, so if you use the audio controls the user can mute or pause it and the music doesn't start again when he clicks somewhere else..


Google changed their policies last month regarding auto-play inside Chrome. Please see this announcement.

They do, however, allow auto-play if you are embedding a video and it is muted. You can add the muted property and it should allow the video to start playing.

<video autoplay controls muted>
  <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4">
  <source src="movie.ogg" type="video/ogg">
  Your browser does not support the video tag.
Jessé Mendonça

Use iframe instead:

<iframe id="stream" src="YOUTSOURCEAUDIOORVIDEOHERE" frameborder="0"></iframe>

temp fix

$(document).on('click', "#buttonStarter", function(evt)
var context = new AudioContext();

Or use a custom player to trigger play

Note : Autoplay will be renabled in 31 December

I add controls attribute too tag audio, and simply hide it in CSS. And all works fine in Chrome.

<audio autoplay loop controls id="playAudio">
  <source src="audio/source.mp3">
Puto Miké

I've been banging away at this today, and I just wanted to add a little curiosum that I discovered to the discussion.

Anyway, I've gone off of this:

<iframe src="silence.mp3" allow="autoplay" id="audio" style="display:none"></iframe>
<audio id="audio" autoplay>
  <source src="helloworld.mp3">


<audio id="myAudio" src="helloworld.mp3"></audio>
<script type="text/javascript">

And finally this, a "solution" that is somewhat out of bounds if you'd rather just generate your own thing (which we do):

<script src=''></script>
<input onclick='responsiveVoice.speak("Hello World");' type='button' value='Play' />

The discovery I've made and also the truly funny (strange? odd? ridiculous?) part is that in the case of the former two, you can actually beat the system by giving f5 a proper pounding; if you hit refresh repetetively very rapidly (some 5-10 times ought to do the trick), the audio will autoplay and then it will play a few times upon a sigle refresh only to return to it's evil ways. Fantastic!

In the announcement from Google it says that for media files to play "automatically", an interaction between the user and the site must have taken place. So the best "solution" that I've managed to come up with thus far is to add a button, rendering the playing of files less than automatic, but a lot more stable/reliable.

You could use <iframe src="link/to/file.mp3" allow="autoplay">, if the origin has an autoplay permission. More info here.

i used pixi.js and pixi-sound.js to achieve the auto play in chrome and firefox.


            url: 'audios/tuto.mp3',
            preload: true,
            loaded: function(err, sound) {

            document.querySelector("#paused").addEventListener('click', function() {
            const paused = PIXI.sound.togglePauseAll();

            this.className = this.className.replace(/\b(on|off)/g, '');
            this.className += paused ? 'on' : 'off';




<button class="btn1 btn-lg off" id="paused">
    <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-pause off"></span>
    <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-play on"></span>

it also works on mobile devices but user have to touch somewhere on the screen to trigger the sound.

Mahtab Alam

The default HTML5 audio autoplay attribute is not working in chrome, but you can force audio autoplay using JavaScript. Try this:


This works for me.

Solution without using iframe, or javascript:

<embed src="silence.mp3" type="audio/mp3" autostart="true" hidden="true">
        <audio id="player" autoplay controls><source src="source/audio.mp3" type="audio/mp3"></audio>

With this solution, the open/save dialog of Internet Explorer is also avoided.

   <embed src="" type="audio/mp3" autostart="true" hidden="true">
        <audio id="player" autoplay controls><source src="" type="audio/mp3"></audio>