How to stop websites from asking to show notifications on Chrome

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These days, nearly every website will prompt you to enable desktop notifications when you visit them. And if you’re like me, you’d probably dismiss these notifications most, if not all of the time.

After a certain point of time, these notifications feel more of a distraction rather than anything useful. In this article, we’ll explain how you can stop these annoying notifications from popping up every time, as well as tweaking the settings to allow them for selected websites.

Stop websites from showing notification access prompts

If you’re tired of random and rarely visited websites greeting you with notification access prompts, you could disable them all together in Chrome with the following steps:

Stop websites from asking to show notifications on Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your Mac or Windows computer.
  2. Open the Chrome menu from the top-right corner and choose Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced.
  4. Scroll down and click on Content Settings >> Notifications (chrome://settings/content/notifications).
  5. Turn off “Ask before sending (recommended)”.

Notification popups will now be blocked for all websites.

Note: This option will not prevent websites from sending you notifications, which already have desktop notifications enabled. If you’d like to turn off all desktop notifications in Chrome, you can manually remove websites from the allowed section of the Notifications settings screen.

  1. Open the Chrome menu from the top-right corner and choose Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and click on Content Settings >> Notifications.
  4. Under the Allow section, click on the three dots adjacent to the website listing, and select Remove.

Notifications will be disabled for the particular website. Do this for all the websites for which you want to stop receiving desktop notifications.

How to selectively enable notifications for particular websites

If you’ve followed along with all the steps mentioned in the article, you’ve successfully disabled notification prompts from websites and turned off notifications for all websites.

But what if now you come across a particular website for which you want to enable desktop notifications. For this, you have to manually enable them for the website. The easiest way to achieve this is by following the steps below.

  1. Open the particular website for which you want to enable notifications, in Chrome.
  2. Click on the padlock icon located on the leftmost edge of the Omnibox (address bar).
  3. Select Site settings.
  4. Click on the drop-down adjacent to Notifications and select “Allow”.

Desktop notifications would now be enabled for the particular website in Chrome.

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