How to Turn Off Annoying Website Notifications

Turn Off Annoying Website Push Notifications

How to Stop Annoying Website Browser Notifications Chrome

Website push notifications are the small, annoying alert boxes that appear near the address bar at the top of a web browser window. By default, Google Chrome alerts users whenever a website, app, or extension wants to send notifications. It seems like every website quickly prompts readers to agree to receive more future annoying notifications just seconds after they landed on a web page. If the reader consents to them, future pop-up notifications will interrupt you with alerts announcing each new post or other activity that occurs on the site.

Chrome introduced website notifications to Chrome in 2015. As a result, most browsers including Firefox and Safari, followed along and incorporated website push notifications in their web browser too. This led to information overload. Now it seems like every website you visit, wants asks for permission to send notifications.

Website Push Notification Alert

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How Website Notifications Work

Web browser notifications are also called Website push notifications. They are similar to app notifications but as the name says, web browser notifications come from a web browser. Web browser notifications are by a website or a web app but can received on any device – laptop, smartphone, tablet even when the user is not on the website. Notifications arrive in real-time and recipient can click on the alerts to be taken to the sending website.

When using Chrome Incognito mode, users do not receive notifications. Truly private web browsers like Tor Browser do not allow websites to ask to send notifications because cookie tracking is blocked.

Websites must explicitly prompt for and receive permission from the users to send push notifications from a specific web browser. For example, if you use Firefox and opt to receive notifications, then that permission is not explicitly applied to Chrome.

How to Get Rid of Web Browser Notifications

By default, Chrome alerts you whenever a website, app, or extension wants to send notifications which can lead to unwanted alerts, basically Google Chrome notifications spam. If you don’t want to be notified each time there is a new update. Users can change these settings at any time, but they will have to change for each website they agreed to allow or shut off notifications completely.
Permission can be revoked easily. Users can right click on any push notification and block further notifications from that website.

Screenshot Chrome Notification
Screenshot Chrome Notification

How to stop websites from displaying that annoying notification prompt in Chrome

Allow or block notifications from all sites – Chrome Web Browser App

  1. Open Chrome web browser app on your phone, or tablet
  2. At the top right, tap the three vertical dots
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under Advanced select Site settings
  5. Select Notifications
  6. Toggle Notifications to off to block all web browser push notifications

Allow or block notifications from all sites – Chrome Web Browser Desktop

  1. Open Chrome web browser on your laptop
  2. At the top right, tap the three vertical dots
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under Privacy and Security select Site settings
  5. Select Notifications
  6. Toggle Notifications to off to block all web browser push notifications

NOTE: When this is set to off, Chrome will no longer prompt you with an alert box for any website.

Stop Notifications from a Specific Website

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app
  2. Go to the website you don’t want to receive notifications from
  3. In the upper right corner, tap the three dots
  4. Tap the Info icon
  5. You will see your notifications and sound settings here
  6. Tap Site Settings
  7. Tap Notifications
  8. Toggle the notifications permission to off