How to Get Real Player to Work With Google Chrome

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How to Get Real Player to Work With Google Chrome
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Realplayer is a computer program that plays various formats of computer media, including both audio and video. Published by RealNetworks, Realplayer has both a stand-alone version and a Web plug-in for most popular Web browsers. Chrome, Google's Web browser, comes with the Realplayer plug-in pre-installed. If it's not working for you, the plug-in must have got disabled somehow. No worries, re-enabling Realplayer requires no advanced technical knowledge or expertise, and you likely won't even need to install anything.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn your computer on and open Google Chrome once the computer fully loads. Type "about:plugins" into the address bar and hit "Enter."

  2. 2

    Navigate through the list and look for the "Realplayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In," which should be grey since it's disabled. Click the "Enable" button to activate the plug-in.

  3. 3

    Navigate to a Web page that offers a Realplayer test, such as the University of Delaware's test page (see Resources). Run the test to ensure Realplayer now works.

Tips and warnings

  • If Realplayer still won't work, simply uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome. As the browser comes with the plug-in pre-installed, it should work directly after installation.

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