In 2020, web browsing has changed drastically, and nothing like what it was a decade ago. While web notifications are the novel way to stay updated about a new mail, message, or update, it can quickly get annoying and distracting. You'd be surprised how many notifications from websites can bother you in an hour, along with pop-ups in the Google Chrome browser.
To get a bit of perspective, pick up the laptop or tablet used by your mother or father and you'll notice the barrage of notifications they receive on their devices. Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser, did add ways to declutter the browsing experience.
By making some changes in Settings and taking appropriate measurements, you can completely turn off or allow only the relevant notifications from the Google Chrome browser.
This post will talk about how to turn off and manage Google Chrome notifications on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.
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Block Notifications From Various Websites
Whenever you install an app on your phone, it asks you for various permissions to functions properly. Usually, you'd permit it to access everything. And that's how websites exploit the same psychology and loop users into allowing unnecessary permissions.
There are two ways to disable these notifications on the Google Chrome desktop.
Disable Notifications From the Address Bar
You can individually disable the notification from the address bar. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Visit the relevant website and tap on the tiny lock icon in the address bar.
Step 2: Here, you will find the Notification menu. Tap on it and Block the notifications.
Step 3: If you don’t see the notification option, then dive into Site Settings from the same menu.
Step 4: It will open the site settings menu, scroll down to the notification option, and disable notifications for the website.
You can visit all the websites individually and turn off notifications for them. If you wish to block all of them at once, then use the Google Chrome Settings menu.
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Block Notifications From System
Windows and Mac also offer a way to completely disable notifications from installed apps. Follow the steps below to turn off Chrome notifications on Mac.
Block Notifications on Mac
Step 1: Open the System Preferences menu on Mac.
Step 2: Go to the Notifications menu.
Step 3: Select Google Chrome from the left sidebar.
Step 4: Disable notifications for the browser.
Note: Google Chrome doesn’t use the native Windows 10 notifications to send alerts. That’s why you won’t see the app name in the Notifications menu in the Windows Settings.
The notification situation is even worse on Android as notifications from websites can quickly fill up the notification area. On mobile, you might get Content suggestion notifications based on your usage. Follow the steps below to turn off the Chrome notifications on Android phones.
Step 1: Open the Google Chrome browser and tap on the three-dot menu above.
Step 2: Dive into Settings > Notifications and it will open the system notification panel to adjust.
Step 3: You can disable the Content Suggestion notification.
Step 4: Scroll down to the site notification menu.
Step 5: Here, you will see the list of websites sending you notifications.
Step 6: You can completely disable the category or disable notifications for individual websites.
Note: There are no such issues on the Chrome iOS app. Apple doesn’t allow third-party web browsers to send notifications to users.
Block Notifications From Google Chrome Settings Menu
Follow through the steps below.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome and tap on the three-dot menu at the upper right corner and select Settings.
Step 2: Go to Privacy and security and select Permissions > Notifications from the side menu.
Step 3: First, you will see the list of sites with notifications blocked. Scroll down, and you will see the list of websites with notifications enabled.
Step 4: Tap on the three-dot icon and remove them (It will again ask for notification permission when you visit the website). Use the Block option to block such notifications completely.
Use Chrome Guest Mode or Profile Switcher
If you are using Google Chrome on a single PC and share it with other family members, you might receive notifications from Google Drive, Google Docs, etc., from other users’ profiles.
For example, if another family member uses the Chrome browser to edit Google Docs or Google Sheets, you might get a notification from those services. In such cases, it’s not advisable to completely block notifications from Google Chrome.
You can tap on the profile icon in the search bar and use Google Chrome as Guest. If you are planning to use it regularly, then select add > write account name, select relevant picture. It will open a separate Google Chrome profile and ask you to sign in using Google account credentials.
The next time you open the web browser, make sure that you are using your profile for surfing to avoid notifications from other profiles.
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Enjoy a Distract-Free Chrome Experience
Now that you know how to switch off notifications, you can enjoy browsing on Google Chrome blissfully. While you are at it, don’t forget to exclude notifications for messaging services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Messenger.
Google Chrome offers tons of customization options. Read the post below to learn about the top eight ways to customize Google Chrome on Windows and Mac.
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