How to Stop Website Notifications in Google Chrome

Introduction

Getting website notifications in Google Chrome can be great for staying on top of news sites and social media. However, if you’ve turned on notifications for a bunch of sites, or if you have one site that is constantly popping up notifications, they can get overwhelming and make it impossible to focus on anything else. Thankfully, Google makes it easy to turn off and stop website notifications in Chrome. In this video I’ll show you how to both stop website notifications for all websites, or how to stop notifications for a specific website.

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Steps to Stop Website Notifications in Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome web browser, and then click the vertical ellipses at the top corner of the screen to open a menu.
  2. Click “Settings” in this menu. The Settings screen opens.
Open the Google Chrome web browser, click the vertical ellipses at the top corner of the screen to open a menu, and then click Settings.
  1. Click “Privacy and Security” in the menu on the left side of this screen. You’ll see Google Chrome privacy and security options on the right side of the screen.
Click Privacy and Security.
  1. Navigate to the Privacy and Security section, and then click “Site Settings” in this section. The Site Settings screen is displayed.
Click Site Settings.
  1. Scroll down to the Permissions section, and then click “Notifications” in this section. The Notifications screen is shown.
Click Notifications.
  1. If you want to turn off all website notifications, navigate to the Default Behavior section and then click to shade the radio button next to “Don’t Allow Sites to Send Notifications.” By toggling this on you won’t receive website notifications in Google Chrome for any websites.
Select Don't Allow Sites to Send Notifications.

Alternatively, if you just want to turn off the website notifications for a single website, navigate to the Allowed to Send Notifications section and find the website you want to turn off notifications for. Click the vertical ellipses next to that website to open a menu.

Find the specific site you want to stop notifications for in Google Chrome, and then click the vertical ellipses next to that site.

Click “Remove” in that menu.

Click Remove in that menu.

You’ll see that website move into the Not Allowed to Send Notifications section, and you’ll no longer have website notifications pop up in Google Chrome from that website.

You'll see that website move into the Not Allowed to Send Notifications section, and you'll no longer have website notifications pop up in Google Chrome from that website.

Reasons to Stop Website Notifications in Google Chrome

1. Distraction Avoidance

Notifications can pop up at any moment in Google Chrome, disturbing the user. Unimportant or irrelevant notifications can disrupt concentration and workflow. This leads to decreased productivity. They are especially troublesome during important meetings or while working on tasks that require full attention. Hence, disabling these notifications aids in maintaining focus.

2. Privacy Preservation

Receiving notifications that display sensitive information in Google Chrome can be a concern. They may expose personal data to prying eyes. This can happen when using a shared or public computer, or when other people are around. So, disabling such notifications helps ensure privacy and safeguard personal information.

3. Relevance Filtering

Not every notification from websites is relevant or useful. They often include advertisements or information that doesn’t interest the user. It’s like a flood of unnecessary data, cluttering the digital space. Stopping these notifications aids in streamlining information.

4. Overload Management

Handling numerous notifications from different websites in Google Chrome can be overwhelming. It’s like sifting through a haystack to find a needle. This overload of information can make it difficult to distinguish between important and non-important alerts. Hence, halting excessive notifications can enhance user experience.

5. Work Focus Maintenance

For work or study, maintaining focus is crucial. A sudden notification can interrupt a train of thought. This disruption can lead to lower efficiency and a decline in work quality. Therefore, turning off notifications is a practical choice.

6. Annoyance Elimination

Certain notifications can be annoying. They might contain repetitive, irrelevant, or unwanted information. Over time, these annoyances can lead to a negative user experience. Disabling such notifications in Google Chrome can create a more pleasant environment.

7. Site-Specific Issues

Some websites may send out excessive or spammy notifications. Users might have had a negative experience with these sites. Or, they may no longer be interested in the website’s content. Disabling notifications from such sites in Google Chrome can improve the overall digital experience.

8. Bandwidth Issues Mitigation

Frequent notifications can affect internet speed, especially on slower connections. Each notification can consume bandwidth, leading to sluggish performance. By stopping these notifications, users can ensure better internet speed.

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