How to Disable WebRTC in Chrome & Other Browsers

A privacy-conscious person? Know WebRTC can leak your IP address and overall anonymity even while using VPNs, So in easy guide, we’ll understand what WebRTC is, and how to disable it, so let’s begin!

What Is WebRTC?

WebRTC also known as Web Real-Time Communication is an open-source technology that allows real-time connection between browsers without the need for any 3-party servers at last. It means once the connection is established, your devices directly communicate with each other using a peer-to-peer connection. The technology of webRTC is already built in and preconfigured in most modern browsers these days like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Brave, etc.

Pros And Cons Of WebRTC

As we are already aware, WebRTC is secure yet still can leak your real IP address even while using VPN, though WebRTC plays an essential role in making some websites work, like sharedrop.io or popular web confessing websites you might be using. So disabling WebRTC might break some of those services out.

Disable WebRTC In Chrome Or Any Chromium-based Browser

If you are using Chrome or any chromium-based browser like Microsoft Edge you can use an open-source extension called WebRTC Leak Prevent to achieve it. Here’s how to use it:

1. Just install WebRTC Leak Prevent from the Chrome Web Store.

install WebRTC Leak prevent

2. An automatic setting pop-up should appear, if it doesn’t you can manually trigger it by clicking the extension from the toolbar.

open WebRTC prevent settings

3. Then now just select “Disable non-proxied UDP (force proxy)” from the drop-down list. And you are done!

disable WebRTC leak via WebRTC Leak Prevent

4. To check if it’s actually working you can go to WebRTC Leak Test by hide.me and see if our addon is working or not.

check WebRTC disabled or not

Disable WebRTC In Firefox Or Any Firefox-based Browser

If you are not Chrome you might be using Firefox or any Firefox-based browser like LibreWolf or Waterfox. Well, firefox handles things differently, anyways here is how you can disable WebRTC in firefox.

1. Go to “about:config” then click on “accept the risk and continue”, don’t worry if you change things carefully you are all safe.

firefox

2. Then just search for “media.peerconnection.enabled” in the search bar provided then click that little toggle button available on the right side to make the value of the result False, and you are done!

turn off WebRTC in

3. To check whether everything is working or not you visit WebRTC Leak Test by hide.me for the results, as simple as that!

check WebRTC disabled or not

Disable WebRTC In Brave Browser

Brave being a privacy-focused browser already includes an option to block WebRTC by default, see how impactful WebRTC is towards privacy. To turn off WebRTC in Brave, follow these steps:

1. Go to brave://settings/privacy and look for “WebRTC IP handling policy” and just change it to “Disable non-proxied UDP” from the “Default” option. It was that quick!

disable WebRTC in

2. Of Course to check if it’s working or not, you can anytime visit WebRTC Leak Test by hide.me and test your brave browser for the WebRTC leak test.

check WebRTC disabled or not

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Sahil Dewangan

Sahil Dewangan

Sahil is a technology nerd who writes concise and informative tech posts.

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