In 2020, browsing the web has changed dramatically, and nothing compares to what it was ten years ago. While web notifications are the new way to stay up to date on a new mail, message, or update, it can quickly get boring and distracting. You would be surprised at how many notifications from websites can bother you in an hour, as well as pop-ups in the Google Chrome browser.
To take a step back, grab the laptop or tablet your mom or dad uses and you’ll notice the barrage of notifications they get on their devices. Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser, has added ways to declutter the browsing experience.
By making changes in the settings and taking the appropriate actions, you can completely disable or allow only relevant notifications from the Google Chrome browser.
This article will explain how to disable and manage Google Chrome notifications on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.
Block notifications from various websites
Every time you install an app on your phone, it asks you for various permissions to work properly. Usually, you give him access to everything. And that’s how websites exploit the same psychology and trick users into allowing unnecessary permissions.
There are two ways to turn off these notifications on the Google Chrome desktop.
Disable address bar notifications
You can turn off the notification individually from the address bar. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Visit the relevant website and tap the tiny lock icon in the address bar.
2nd step: Here you will find the Notification menu. Tap on it and block notifications.
Step 3: If you don’t see the notification option, dive into site settings from the same menu.
Step 4: It will open the site settings menu, scroll to the notification option, and turn off notifications for the website.
You can visit all websites individually and turn off notifications for them. If you want to block them all at once, use the Google Chrome Settings menu.
Block system notifications
Windows and Mac also provide a way to completely turn off 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.
2nd step: Go to the Notifications menu.
Step 3: Select Google Chrome from the left sidebar.
Step 4: Disable notifications for the browser.
Note: Google Chrome does not use native Windows 10 notifications to send alerts. That’s why you won’t see the name of the app in the Notifications menu in Windows settings.
The notification situation is even worse on Android because notifications from websites can quickly fill the notification area. On mobile, you can receive content suggestion notifications based on your usage. Follow the steps below to turn off Chrome notifications on Android phones.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome browser and tap on the three-dot menu above.
2nd step: Dive into Settings> Notifications and it will open the system notification panel to adjust it.
Step 3: You can turn off the content suggestion notification.
Step 4: Scroll down to the site notification menu.
Step 5: Here you will see the list of websites that are sending you notifications.
Step 6: You can turn off the category completely or turn off notifications for individual websites.
Note: There are no such issues on the Chrome iOS app. Apple does not allow third-party web browsers to send notifications to users.
Block notifications from the Google Chrome settings menu
Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Google Chrome and tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner and select Settings.
2nd step: Go to Privacy & Security and select Permissions> Notifications from the side menu.
Step 3: First, you will see the list of sites with blocked notifications. Scroll down and you will see the list of websites with notifications enabled.
Step 4: Tap the three-dot icon and delete them (it will ask you for the notification permission again when you visit the website). Use the Block option to completely block these notifications.
Use Chrome guest mode or the profile selector
If you use Google Chrome on one PC and share it with other family members, you may receive notifications from Google Drive, Google Docs, etc., profiles of other users.
For example, if another family member is using the Chrome browser to edit Google Docs or Google Sheets, you may receive notification from those services. In such cases, it is not advisable to completely block notifications from Google Chrome.
In such cases, you can opt for Google Chrome’s guest mode or the profile selector.
You can tap the profile icon in the search bar and use Google Chrome as a guest. If you plan to use it regularly, select add> write account name, select the appropriate image. 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 you are using your profile to surf to avoid notifications from other profiles.
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Enjoy a distraction-free Chrome experience
Now that you know how to turn off notifications, you can fully enjoy browsing Google Chrome. While you’re at it, don’t forget to exclude notifications for messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Messenger.
Google Chrome offers tons of customization options. Read the article below to learn more about the top eight ways to customize Google Chrome on Windows and Mac.
Last updated on Dec 1, 2020
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