If you've encountered the "You must enable DRM in your browser to play this video" error or similar errors on Chrome, you're not alone. This error pops up when attempting to play digital content like audio or videos with copyright protection.

Creators usually add copyright protection to their content to prevent it from being copied or distributed illegally. However, it can be pretty annoying when you cannot access important audio or videos on the net. The good news is that this problem can be easily fixed as browsers like Chrome allow you to enable DRM from the settings.

Enable DRM in Chrome

You can enable DRM in Chrome on both your desktop and Android device and we'll be explaining both in this guide. Let's start!

On Desktop

To turn on DRM in Chrome, you need to go into the browser settings.

  1. Launch Chrome on your desktop and click on the 'three-dot' menu icon in the top right corner.
  1. From the menu that appears, click on the 'Settings' option. Alternatively, type chrome://settings/content in the address bar to open the settings page directly.
  1. The various settings will appear on the left side. Go to the 'Privacy and Security' option.
  1. Once in the privacy section, scroll down to the bottom and click on the 'Site Settings' option.
  1. At the bottom of the 'Site Settings' page, you will find the 'Additional Content Settings' option. Click on it.
  1. Within the 'Additional Content Settings' option, go to the 'Protected Content IDs' option.
  1. Here, make sure that the 'Sites Can Play Protected Content' option is selected in the Default behavior section. If it is not, click on the radio button next to it to select it.

That's all you need to do to enable DRM in Chrome on your desktop. Now, you can play protected content in the browser.

On Android

Just like on your desktop, you can also enable DRM on your Android device if it fails to play protected content. Unfortunately, the option isn't available in Chrome on iOS.

  1. Open Chrome on your Android device and tap on the three dots on the top right.
  2. Tap on the 'Settings' option from the menu that drops down.
  1. On the 'Settings' page, scroll down and tap on the 'Site Settings' option.
  2. When it opens, scroll down and go to the 'Protected Content' section.
  1. As the name indicates, the 'Protected Content' page lets you control whether sites can play protected content. Tap on the button next to 'Allowed' to turn on DRM. Now, you can play protected content on your Android device.

By enabling DRM on your desktop or Android device, you can play protected videos that were previously inaccessible. Once it is enabled, we recommend leaving it on so you won't run into DRM-related issues again in the future.