Google Chrome has practically been universallyaccepted as the best browser for desktop and laptop users. If you were around10 years ago, shortly after Chrome’s release, that was still Firefox’s throne.If we go back 10 more years, Internet Explorer was beating out Netscape. Howquickly things change, right?
Turning the clock back, browsers weren’t quiteas “loud” as they are today. Toolbars were around back then, but plugins andextensions are more powerful now than ever. Today, your browser can do a lot ofcool things for you—including notifying you for just about any purpose you canthink of.
However, functionality at this level can oftencreate a “loud” browser. As the lifespan of your browser’s user profile extendsand you visit more websites, your notifications can begin to get a bit hectic.If you’ve ever booted up Google Chrome to a long list of notification eventsthat occurred since you last closed it, you know what I mean!
So, how do we take back our browser and makeit quiet again? In this article, let’s talk about how we can stop a websitefrom sending notifications in Google Chrome. First, though, let’s learn moreabout them.
What are Chrome Notifications?
Occasionally, you’ll come across a websitethat asks for your permission to send notifications.
This prompt appears just beneath the addressbar in Chrome, over top of the bookmarks bar (if enabled). Sometimes, this popsup completely randomly and unsolicited—usually, in this case, it’s best toclose the prompt or block them. However, sometimes you’ll see this request whenyou try to enable a certain feature on a website.
Chrome uses something called “toast” notifications.A toast is a non-modal, unobtrusive window element that displays text beforeautomatically expiring. These have become very popular recently, but beforethem, Windows tooltips were often used.
Chrome’s toast notifications can be veryrobust. They can include an image, text, an icon, action button(s), and more.
An example of a web service that puts Chrome’s notification system to good use is Keepa . Keepa allows you to track the price of products on Amazon and alert you when they reach a certain threshold. In Google Chrome, users can opt to receive a notification when this occurs.
How to Stop a Website fromSending Chrome Notifications
You may find yourself in a situation whereyou’ve enabled notifications for a website that ends up being rather obnoxious.Instead of going to the website and relying on them to have a built-in way foryou to disable their notifications, you can go straight to Google Chrome’ssettings to take control of this.
The first step is to access Google Chrome’ssettings by going into the Settingsmenu.
Scroll to the bottom of this page and click onAdvanced. The first table you shouldsee is labeled Privacy and Security.
In this table, click on the Site Settings row. This will take youto a page with a similar table, and in it, find and click on Notifications.
This is the fifth-row option from the top.
On the following page, you will have a list ofall domains that you’ve allowed or blocked notifications on. To blocknotifications from a website you’ve previously allowed them on, click on thehamburger menu icon and select Block.You can do the same for blocked notifications that you want to allow by insteadselecting Allow.
To the left of the hamburger menu icon for each blocked and allowed domain will be a right-pointing arrow icon. Clicking on it will allow you to clear data from that website, fully reset all permissions, or reset each individual permission. These permissions include preferences for your location, camera, microphone, sound, and allowing Flash in Chrome .
Although it’s hidden deep within Chrome’ssettings, you can finally have your quiet browser back by following this guide!Don’t fret if you ever accidentally allow or block a website from sending younotifications—it can always be undone using these steps.