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How to turn off Google Chrome notifications (Step-by-step)

How to turn off Google Chrome notifications

Google Chrome is no doubt one of the most efficient internet browsers. It has a built-in set of features and functionalities that helps to improve users’ experience. 

Not only is it popular with more than 10 billion downloads on Google Play Store only, but it’s also very much deserving of all the fame it has received over decades.

As Google loves keeping its popular browser updated, so all the best and most useful features to help enhance your experience are regularly integrated into the browser.

Nevertheless, not every piece of feature or functionality on Google Chrome is valuable or productive to every user.

There are also times when Google Chrome can be rather annoying than helpful—for instance when Google Chrome starts using so much RAM bogging down your computer, or the Timed-out error on Chrome

This is why we need to always check what feature or functionality is useful to us and which one should be disabled. For instance, some websites may start sending you annoying notifications that you don’t even need.

In such a case, you need to know how to turn off Google Chrome notifications so that you can go back to browsing without interruptions. 

We’ve provided this guide to show users how they can adjust this notification setting to help them smoothly use the browser on their devices. So let’s cut to the chase and dive right in.

What are notifications in Google Chrome?

Notifications in Google Chrome are pop-ups that usually appear on your computer. They are usually smaller in size, and they show up in the specialized notification area or on the interface of your device’s status bar. 

Now, notifications don’t just pop out of nowhere. They are often sent out by different websites you visited on your browser (Google Chrome). And sending out notifications helps to pull in traffic to the website. How? It’s simple. 

When you’re interested in a notification, you click on it. This automatically redirects you to the site. The same goes for other Google Chrome users. 

Also, notification is a means of providing you with the latest updates on a site. With this, those following the site can stay updated on trends and news across the niche that the website focuses on. 

While this notification feature comes with advantages as we’ve discussed above, there are times when these pop-ups can be annoying to users. 

Imagine if you start getting notifications you don’t want and didn’t sign up for in the first place.

This is why you must know how to control these interrupting features. In addition, your privacy may be at risk when you allow too many websites to send you notifications. 

Let’s see how you can prevent these occurrences by turning off Google Chrome notifications.

2 Best ways to disable notifications in Google Chrome

Fortunately, there are two different ways to disable or turn off notifications in Google Chrome. Both methods are effective and pretty easy to apply. 

Now, let’s see how both methods work and how you can apply each one step-by-step.

Disable notifications on your browser completely 

A fast and easy way to prevent notifications in Google Chrome is by disabling them completely (browser-wide). 

This way, websites won’t be able to send you any notifications–all we have to do is change the settings in your Google Chrome browser. 

This new setting will also apply to sites where you’ve personally enabled their notifications. Simply follow the steps outlined below.

  • First, you have to open the Chrome browser and go to its “Settings” from the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button. This should be pretty easy to do even if you’re new to the browser.
  • Then it’ll take you to a new tab on the browser. Here, simply focus on the panel on the left and click on “Privacy and security.”
  • The next step is to select “Site Settings” after it takes you to a new section within your browser’s settings.
  • Now, after you’ve selected the “Site Settings,” it’ll navigate you to a different section in your Chrome browser. Scroll down to find the “Notifications” option, then click on it.
  • Finally, you have to select the “Don’t allow sites to send notifications” button under the “Default behaviour” section to turn off notifications in Chrome. Clicking on this prompt will ensure that you won’t be receiving any notifications on your PC any longer.

Now you see it’s pretty easy to disable notifications on your Chrome browser-wide.

And that’s all about the first method. Let’s see another effective method to disable notifications in Google Chrome.

Disable notifications on Chrome for specific websites

Unlike the first method we discussed that completely disables notifications on your Chrome browser, you can tweak your settings to only block notifications from specific websites. 

There are times when we want to keep getting notifications from certain sites, and blocking notifications browser-wide can be a disaster. 

With this method, you can only allow your preferred content to appear on the screen, and not some random notifications you probably won’t like or have anything to do with.

When you get to the last part in the first method we discussed, where you disable sites from sending you notifications, just scroll down a little to the “Customized behaviours” area.

This is where you can disallow some websites from sending you random notifications and irritating pop-ups.

When you scroll down to the “Allowed to send notifications” area, you can see those websites are actively sending you notifications.

If there’s a website you don’t want to get notifications from, click on the three vertical dots to bring up an “Options” submenu. Then click on “Block.”

And that’s it for the second method. In case you only want to disable notifications for certain websites, and not browser-wide on your device, you now know how.


The bottom line

No doubt, Google Chrome is an exceptionally fast, reliable, and simple browser to use. It also comes with different features to enhance your experience. 

However, there are times when we just want to stop, remove or disable functionality to avoid annoying interruptions.

This is the case with Google Chrome’s notification, especially when it allows automatic alerts from different websites. Nevertheless, you can easily adjust these notification settings to your preference (either browser-wide or for specific websites) and go back to enjoying your browser.