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How to turn off Google Chrome notification request pop-ups

If you find Google Chrome website notifications annoying, here is how to disable them.

Published onFebruary 12, 2020

Most people use Google Chrome as their primary desktop browser. It’s familiar, it integrates well into the desktop, and it is compatible with almost all laptops and desktop computers.

But one downside to Chrome is its constant website notification request pop-ups. Desktop browser notifications can provide better user experience for web tools like Gmail or WhatsApp Web, but there is little to no added value when sites like ask for notification access.

If most website notifications aren’t useful to you, or you just find the pop-up annoying, here is how to turn off Chrome notifications.

Related: Chrome will soon hide those annoying website notification requests

How to turn off Google Chrome notification pop-ups

Turning off Google Chrome notification pop-ups is quite simple. You can do so by following these five steps:

  1. In Chrome, click the three vertical dots at the top right and select Settings.
  2. Scroll all the way to the bottom and expand the Advanced section.
  3. Navigate to the Site Settings section below Privacy and security.
  4. Look for and click on the Notifications option.
  5. Here you can see all of the sites you’ve blocked or allowed in the past. To turn off Chrome notification requests for future browsing, toggle Ask before sending (recommended) at the top.

Upon first glance, it’s easy to mistakenly believe toggling this off will allow sites to send you notifications without asking. That is not the case. Toggling this switch will change the setting to “Blocked,” and sites will no longer ask to send you notifications, preventing that pestering pop-up from bugging you again.

How to manage Chrome notifications

If you don’t want to turn off all Google Chrome notifications, then here are some tips to manage them effectively. First, using the previous steps, you can see all of the site notifications you have already allowed and blocked in the Notification section.

If you block all websites from requesting notification access, you can still manually allow sites to send them to you here. Just click the Add button next to the Allow section, and you can copy the web address you want to send you notifications. This works the same for websites you want to manually block as well.

Read also: 20 Chrome tips and tricks you should know about

This is also useful if you accidentally mark a website’s notification preferences incorrectly. Let’s say you mistakenly allowed to send you notifications. To revoke that permission, click the three dots to the far right of the website in the Allow section and select “Remove.” Now you will no longer receive notifications from that source.

Websites marked with the puzzle piece in the Allow section are enforced by an extension you have installed. So, if you see a website listed here that you did not explicitly allow, you will need to uninstall the extension or manage those extension settings separately to completely remove it from this section.

It’s as simple as that! Hopefully you’re now able to take full control over your Chrome notifications.

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