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How to Play a Local Video on the Chrome Browser without an Extension

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This post will show you to play a local video on the Chrome browser without an extension. You can also play a local audio file.

Many think that the Chrome browser can be used to only surf the Internet and visit web pages.

Also, it can play only videos on video-sharing sites. However, not many know that the Chrome browser is also a media player that can play local video and audio files.

For your information, a local video file is one that’s stored on your computer or external drives, including flash drives. It’s not one that’s stored in the cloud, like on Google Drive or YouTube.

Yes, you can play audio and video files on the Chrome browser like you could on a program like VLC Media Player.

Media Player Extension Not Needed

Usually, you have to add a media player extension to your Chrome browser to play a local video file.

Actually, you don’t have to do this.

With the methods shown below, you save yourself the trouble of installing a media player on your computer or another Chrome extension.

There are three ways to play a local video file on your Chrome browser without an extension.

Use Existing Browser Window

If you’re already, using Chrome and have web pages open, just open a new tab, by clicking on the + sign.

Play media Files on the Chrome Browser  - browser window

When the new tab opens, navigate to the folder containing your audio or video file.

Minimize it so that it floats over the browser window.

Next, drag and drop the audio or video file anywhere on the browser window.

Play media Files on the Chrome Browser  without an extension

When you do that, a media player opens and starts playing your audio or video file.

You can minimize the screen or play full screen to suit your preference.

Open a New Browser Window

You can follow the same steps using a new Chrome browser window.

This way, you’ll be able to view two browser windows at the same time by minimizing them.

It saves you the trouble of switching between tabs on a single browser window.

This would be useful if you would want to take notes from a video or audio file, by playing and pausing them.

Play video and audio files on the chrome browser without installing an extension

Right Click and Open File

The second method to play a local video file on your Chrome browser is to right-click on your audio or video file.

Then select Open with and choose Google Chrome.

Media file playback on Chrome without an extension

Your file will start playing on your Chrome browser.

Drag File to Chrome Shortcut

Another way to play your audio and video files is by dragging and dropping your file onto the Chrome shortcut on your desktop.

Minimize the window where your audio or video file is located.

Then drag it until it touches the Chrome shortcut icon.

The media player will open on and start playing your file.

Audio Player Features

If you opened an audio file, the player allows you to play and pause and adjust the volume.

You may also control the playback speed.

Right-click on the three dots to adjust the playback speed.

Picture-in-Picture Mode

For video playback picture-in-picture mode is available.

Just click on the three dots and choose Picture in picture.

A small player window will appear on the screen.

When you switch to another browser tab, the player window will remain.

You can drag it to position it anywhere you like.

You may also drag the edges to enlarge the video player.

The Picture in picture mode is useful if you would like to take notes from a video without opening a new tab,

Cast Video to TV

The Chrome media player also supports the cast feature. This would be useful if you have a TV that supports it.

Just right right-click on the video and choose Cast.

Then you may choose between Cast tab and Cast screen.

Follow the instructions on your TV manual to how to receive a cast.

You have seen the ways to play a local video file on the Chrome browser without an extension.

Now, go ahead and give any of these steps a try.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Audio Formats Does Chrome Support?

Chrome supports the audio formats supported by any other HTML5 based-browser. The formats are WAV, MP3, AAC, MP4, ADTS, Ogg, WebM and FLAC.

What Video Formats Work with Google Chrome?

Among the video formats supported are OGG, H.264, HEVC (H.265), VP8, VP9 and AV1.

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