Notifications, in Google Chrome or elsewhere, can be among the most useful of things. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re always desirable. Whether because they’re intrusive or interrupting, notifications can also be productivity killers. Or just annoying. Fortunately, there is a way to turn notifications off in Chrome and to stop them from appearing altogether.
Of course, that also doesn’t necessarily mean that doing so is as straightforward or intuitive as some might like. Google does tend to bury these types of settings deep inside of its Settings menu for apps. Although the process is similar enough on each available platform that learning how to turn off notifications in Chrome for one platform should prove helpful for learning how to turn them off elsewhere.
Now, it almost goes without saying that that’s exactly what this guide is here to discuss. So, without further ado, let’s dive into how to turn off unwanted notifications in Google Chrome.
Why would you want to turn these notifications off and does Chrome offer more granular options?
Now, the primary reason to turn off notifications in Chrome — and this will work in Chrome on any platform — is convenience. Or, rather, to get rid of the annoyance of pop-ups and interruptions. As useful as site notifications can be if we’re talking about email or a web-based chat service, they aren’t always. Especially when they appear immediately upon visiting a new site. Or revisiting a site you’ve already been to.
Moreover, unwanted interruptions are more than just annoying. They can also seriously hamper productivity. Worse still, they crop up seemingly more often when a site is requesting to send notifications. That’s as compared to sites actually sending notifications that might be useful.
Conversely, notifications can also just appear that aren’t useful at all. As is sometimes the reason for users to disable or hiding mobile notifications altogether.
Turning notifications off fixes all of that, if you know where to look. And, best of all, it’s easy to turn off sites’ ability to send any new notifications. Including notifications that ask permission to send notifications.
But that’s not always the best option either. Especially where notifications are useful. And, to that end, Google does give Chrome users more granular control. Namely, by allowing users to instead choose to allow notifications from specific sites and/or block them from specific sites. And that can, in fact, be used alongside turning off notification requests. While simply adding notification access to key sites you’d like them from.
Here’s how you can turn off Chrome notifications requests entirely
As noted above, the first step to stopping annoying pop-up notifications from sites is to turn off their ability to request notification access, to begin with. And that’s what this first step will show you how to do. From there, you can always fine-tune your notifications from Chrome. By regranting specific site access. Or by blocking sites that have already been allowed to show the notifications. Which is something we’ll discuss in the next segment.
In the interim, turning off the request capability for all websites is fairly straightforward, if you know where to look.
- Open up Google Chrome on your desktop or laptop computer. This will also work for mobile platforms, using nearly the same steps. So you could start by opening Chrome on your phone or tablet as well.
- On any of those platforms, look for the three-dot overflow menu icon at the top-right-hand side of the UI. Tap or click that icon.
- Scroll down and tap or click on “Settings”
- In Settings, either scroll or use the search bar at the top of the page to find the “Site settings” option. We used a desktop platform, namely Chrome OS, for this guide. So our sample images show us searching for “Site settings” directly. Tap or click on that option.
- Under “Permissions” on desktop or laptop platforms, tap or click on “Notifications.” This will be different on mobile platforms. There, the setting is located just under the “Site settings” option. Rather than requiring further taps.
- On Chrome OS, Chrome displays a bullet-style selector for three options, located under the “Default behavior” header. Select the “Don’t allow sites to send notifications” option. For other desktop platforms, turn off the toggle for the “Sites can ask to send notifications” option. On both platforms, that’s located at the top of the page
- For mobile, turn off the toggle for the “Sites can ask to send notifications” option, just as with the desktop platform option.
- Notification requests are now disabled
Now, users may also want to keep notification requests turned on but not have those be as intrusive. Google also offers just such an option via the same settings menu outlined above. The primary difference in the steps comes in steps six and seven. Namely, instead of turning off the notifications, users will make a different selection.
On mobile platforms, you can turn on “Quieter Messaging” by selecting the second option on the page. That’s a checkbox that reads “Use quieter messaging (blocks notification prompts from interrupting you).”
On desktop Chrome, the option is similar. But on Chrome OS for Chromebooks, users will need to select the bullet option, as shown in the image below. That reads, “Use quieter messaging.” And is fairly straightforward. It blocks sites from interrupting you when they ask to send notifications.
With the feature turned on, users will be able to keep getting notifications. But Chrome does greatly diminished them. And they won’t steal focus from the page you’re presently visiting.
Block or allow certain sites on desktop
Now, it may also be the case that you simply want to turn off or on notifications from specific sites. For instance, you might want to turn on notifications for Gmail but not for that gaming news site you frequent. On Chrome OS and desktop platforms, those blocks or allowances can be switched on a site-by-site basis directly.
That means that users can choose to allow sites, in a more centralized, direct manner, to send notifications. Itemizing the pop-ups to ensure that only useful ones appear.
That’s not the case with mobile, at least not from a unified hub for notification blocking and allowing. Instead, sites need to be managed when visiting the site, by clicking or tapping the URL bar’s icon. For mobile sites, right now, that’s a lock-shaped icon. Located to the left of the URL. Then, by selecting the Permissions option and managing whether or not that permission is enabled for the site.
On desktop platforms, conversely, you can manage site notifications by adding sites directly in the Settings. Or you can remove that permission by blocking previously allowed sites. Namely, if they’ve stopped being useful or have become annoying or intrusive. And that really couldn’t be an easier process either.
- Open Google Chrome on your desktop or laptop computer. This should work almost identically on all desktop platforms, including Chrome OS for Chromebooks as our example shows. Or for Mac, Linux, and Windows
- Tap or click on the three-dot overflow menu at the top-right-hand side of the UI
- Scroll down to select the “Settings” option from that menu
- As with the above method for turning off notification requests completely, navigate to the “Site settings” menu. And then to the “Notifications” menu within that option
- Under the “Customized behaviors” header in the Notifications menu, there are two sections. One for sites that are not allowed to send notifications and another for sites that are allowed. You can block sites that are currently allowed — or remove them from the allowed list instead — using the three-dot menu next to each individual site listed on the page. Conversely, you can do the same for sites that are blocked, allowing or removing them from the blocked list. This is also where you can edit the site URL if that’s been input incorrectly. Namely, via a tap or click on the “Edit” option within that menu in either list.
- To add a new site to the blocked list, select the rectangular “Add” button next to the appropriate section. Type in the primary domain URL for the site you’d like to allow. In our example, we’re blocking permission for Twitter on the list. Rather than typing in secondary URLs to specific tweets or a specific user, we can simply add the base domain name. In this case, that’s “www.twitter.com”
- Tap or click “Add”
- After doing so, notifications from Twitter.com will no longer effectively harass us when we’re trying to be productive. At least not from within the Chrome browser
- To add a new site to the allowed list, select the rectangular “Add” button next to the appropriate section. Type in the primary domain URL for the site you’d like to allow. In our example, we’re adding permission for AndroidHeadlines.com to the list. Rather than typing in secondary URLs to specific news articles or pages, we can simply add the base domain name. In this case, that’s “www.androidheadlines.com”
- Tap or click “Add”
- After doing so, notifications from AndroidHeadlines.com will be allowed through