Disable Notifications from Chrome

  • 13-04-2022 |
  • Polad Aladi

Whenever a site or application is trying to reach you while you are browsing the web in Chrome, you get a notification that’s specific to this software and typically very annoying. If you are careless enough to agree to receive those from a particular website, you pay the cost of constant information noise. Chrome will keep bombing you with notifications from this resources until you finally decide to disable these. How do you turn them off, though? This short guide describes the steps to take based on what OS you are using. Stick around if you’ve been having trouble with obnoxious Chrome notifications on Android, iOS, or Windows.

Before we delve into how to fix the annoying ads, let’s take a closer look at their principle of operation. Push notifications, which is the tight term for such kind of ads, are an instrument that website use to engage their audiency through regular and lightweight updates. The moment you allow a particular site to send you notifications, you start getting highly personalized content that’s expected to attract you and, eventually, generate profit for the resource. 

If you are getting notifications from this or that website, this means you one chose to do get them. Such choices are typically made via the pop-up window that appears in the top left part of the screen when you are browsing the respective page. It asks you to enable notifications from this website, to which you can respond by allowing or blocking those. This might look like you are being asked for one-time persmission to send a message only. In truth, however, the website gets the required access to give you notifications repeatedly the moment you click Allow. In case you choose Block, nothing happens except such access it denied.

Notifications are not only frustrating; they can also be dangerous. Not all of them are made in good faith; sometimes you’ll see fishy links that you are urged to go to and other things that should raise doubts in you. The safest solution when it comes to unwanted notification is to simply change the settings for the given website so that it can’t send you any more. The exact steps to take depend on the OS on your device.

In Windows, the procedure is as follows:

  1. With Chrome running, find the Settings button in the top right part of the window.

  2. Select Privacy and Security.

  3. Navigate to Site Settings.

  4. Choose Notifications.

  5. Use the Allow/Block All option if you want to disable all Chrome notifications, or make decisions for each site on the list for a more personalized approach.

When doing so, consider also disabling pop-ups under Pop-Ups and Redirects (found in Privacy and Security). Use the Block button to turn pop-ups off for a given site when at it. The instructions are similar for Android mobile device users.

  1. Click Settings on the righ from the address bar.

  2. Tap on the Site Settings option and choose Notifications.

  3. Go to the top part of the screen that opens in order to turn notifications on or off in general.

If you want to block a speciifc website instead, you need to access Site Settings - Notifications when there. It also might be a good idea to disable Pop-ups by turning off Pop-ups and Redirects in the same section of the menu.

iOS is different from the other two operation systems in that it doesn’t give you Chrome notifications. Check your pop-ups settings if you are seeing those on an Apple device. This can be done from the Settings menu by entering Content settings and choosing Block Pop-Ups.

What’s the most ridiculous Chrome notification you’ve ever got? Let’s share in the comments!