Do you have notifications on your computer screen from random sites, Google Now or various apps? Do they feel invasive and unwanted – or do you want to make more use of it? Either way, we have the guide you need.
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How to deal with Chrome's intrusive notifications
What are these Chrome notifications? You know if you get them, because they appear in the corner of your computer screen, often accompanied by a warning sound. That can get annoying quickly, which is why many users want a way to get rid of it or at least check what is causing the notifications, which can be random. Google plans to change some notification options, but for now it is uncertain when and how much.
Here's how the birth of a report is currently happening. You open something new, a web page, an extension, or a nice looking website button that you decide to click. If the thing you open is compatible with Chrome notifications, it can push several updates to a corner of your screen at any time. That new thing usually asks for permission before turning part of your computer into its personal social media page. Still, you may not notice this small consent window, or you may say OK without realizing it.
Google notifications also work with a variety of Google services, including certain Gmail features, Google Now and other tools you may use. The result is the same, with small windows appearing intermittently. Here's how to stop these notifications or only enable them for certain features that you want updates for.
Disable or Enable All Website Notifications
Notification buttons vary depending on the system you are using. If you have a Windows computer or a Mac, start by opening Chrome and click on the Chrome menu located in the top right corner that looks like three vertical dots.
Select the Settings icon and click Privacy & Security then Site Settings and scroll down to Notifications in the pop-up window that appears. From there, you can toggle a switch that turns on or off website notification notifications.
If you're using a Chromebook, don't worry about opening the browser. Instead, go to the status area in Chrome OS, where your account icon is. Then click the notification next to the clock that is showing again. It can look like an app or extension that looks like a bell in the bottom right corner next to the clock. All pending notifications will appear and if not, you will see a message that says No Notifications .
Select the icon Settings that looks like a gear in the pop-up window, then find the app or notification in the list and uncheck the box next to it. If updates are needed for an extension or app, the input remains, but the box is unchecked. User permission is required for the first time the new version of the program is loaded.
Manage Settings for Individual Website Notifications
Any notifications you have already allowed can also be managed. Changing the settings is easy, and any website that can send notifications is listed here. Select the three dots in a website item to change the setting for each listed site, choose Block or Allow .
You can also click the X on an item to remove a site and return to the default general settings. Web site exceptions can also be added to the list Allow or the list Block . but doing this will overwrite any global settings you have. Select the button Add on the right side of the page and use the text box to enter the web address.
Enter an asterisk or * before the domain name. It should look like this *. Digitaltrends.com but doing so will affect your access to the website. It should be noted that you can also use an IP address or an IPv6 address instead of a host name. Instead of the default settings, every visit to a particular website postpones the blocking and allow list entries for notifications.
Change Settings for a Specific Site
When you allow or block permissions for certain sites, these settings are used instead of the default settings ̵
How to turn off and on specific notifications
This does not help if there are already activated sites that push notifications to you. In this case, there are some useful solutions for Google's own properties, Android and Chrome OS. If you have an Android device, go to a website and you will see a lock icon next to the address bar. When you open that, you'll see a dropdown menu for notifications, with options for Allow or Block . Block that site to stop notifications.
On Chromebook, the process is even easier. When notifications are queued, you will see number icons in the bottom right corner of your screen. Click on the icon Settings with those numbers, which looks like a gear. This will display a list of all apps, extensions and websites that are currently pushing notifications. Uncheck everything you don't want to see.
Do you use Windows or a Mac? You can still manage specific notifications, but it's more difficult. Remember when you were in the Notifications menu in Chrome? Go back there and click the button Manage Exceptions . This will display a funny looking window with all notification exceptions that will still send you updates. You can immediately block this or . To control a specific site, enter the host name pattern in the hold bar and change the Behavior to Block . When you are done, click Done .