How to allow or block desktop notifications in Google Chrome
Websites are capable of pushing notifications to our desktop with the help of a web browser. When you subscribe to the notifications sent by a website, it can push them to your desktop even when you are not visiting the site. That can be useful if you want to always be in the loop with the latest news. However, it can also be annoying if you clicked on "Allow notifications" by mistake, and you are bombarded with shady notifications that you do not want. Fortunately, if you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, managing or blocking push notifications from websites is easy as pie. Here is how to allow or block notifications in Google Chrome:
How to allow or deny notifications from a website, when you first visit it
If a website that you are visiting wants to send push notifications, when you load it in Google Chrome, it asks about it. When that happens, you should see a dialog box beneath the address bar, similar to the one in the screenshot below:
If you want to receive notifications from that website, click or tap the Allow button. If you want to block notifications from that site, press Block or close the dialog box without answering.
Then, when the website sends you a notification, it is displayed on your desktop, above the system tray, like this:
If it happens that you are getting more than one notification at a time, they are displayed on your desktop, each one on top of the others.
How to manage notifications from websites individually, for each site
Unfortunately, sometimes you might approve notifications from websites that you do not like. Maybe you did not read carefully what the dialog box asked you, or maybe you changed your mind and no longer want to get notifications from a website that disappointed you. Or… maybe it is the other way around, and you decide that you want to receive notifications from a website which you initially blocked.
If you want to manage the push notifications you receive from a particular website, launch Google Chrome and visit the website in question. Then, click or tap the "Secure" button on the left side of the address bar.
This opens up a fly-out where, among other information such as the cookies used by the website, you can see whether the website is allowed to send you notifications.
Click or tap the drop-down list to the right of Notifications, to see all the options available:
- By default, if you did not configure the website that you are visiting, the Notifications are set to Ask (default). That means that the website asks if you want to receive notifications each time you visit it.
- If you Allow notifications, that website can push notifications to your desktop anytime it wants.
- If you choose to Block notifications, the website cannot push notifications to your desktop, and it will never ask about it.
Choose the setting you prefer for that website, and repeat the process for each website that you want to configure.
How to block or allow push notifications from all the websites you visit
If you want to manage all the push notifications, meaning to allow, block or make Google Chrome ask you about each website's notifications permissions, you can do that too. First, open Google Chrome and click or tap the "Customize and control Google Chrome" button. Its icon looks like three vertical dots, and you can find it in the top-right corner.
In the menu that opens up, go to Settings.
Google Chrome opens its Settings tab. In it, scroll down until you see a link called "Advanced," and click or tap on it.
Scroll further down and, in the Privacy section, click or tap on the "Content settings" button.
Click or tap on "Notifications."
Then, in the Notifications sub-section, the first thing you should see is a switch. By default it is set to "Ask before sending (recommended)," and it means that each website that wants to push notifications to your desktop first has to ask you.
If you do not want to let any website to push notifications to your desktop, turn off the switch. This blocks all the push notifications, from all websites.
How to manage push notifications from websites, individually (for each site) from Google Chrome's Settings
Additionally, under the notifications allow/block switch, you can also see all the permissions you gave for individual push notifications in Google Chrome up until now. All the websites for which you denied push notifications are shown in the list called Blocked, and all the ones for which you allowed notifications are shown in the list called Allowed.
If you want to change the notifications permissions for a specific website in the Allowed list, on its right-side, there is a small button that looks like three vertical dots. Click or tap on it and select what you prefer: Block, Edit or Remove.
If you want to change the notifications permissions for a specific website in the Blocked list, on its right-side, there is a small button that looks like three vertical dots. Click or tap on it and select what you prefer: Allow, Edit or Remove.
While the Block and Allow options are self-explanatory, the Edit and Remove might raise questions. You should know that
- The Remove option deletes the website from the list, so Google Chrome no longer keeps your previous preference.
- The Edit option opens a text field in which you can change the address of that website to include or exclude pages from the same domain. Furthermore, you can also use wildcards to define the website addresses that are allowed or denied from pushing notifications to your desktop.
As you have seen, managing push notifications from websites in Google Chrome is easy and straightforward, regardless of whether you want to manage them individually, for each website, or if you want to allow or block all of them at once. We are curious: did you choose to block all the notifications, or do you prefer to receive some notifications from certain websites? Use the comments section below to share your choice, and let's discuss.