Browser notifications can be useful. Sometimes.
They can also be a frustrating imposition.
Google Chrome has a notification system that allows you to receive automatic notifications from websites whenever you are online. Even when you're not on that website.
Unlike standard web notifications, the website does not have to be open in your browser to receive them. And unlike app notifications, the app doesn't need to be open to receive them. While online, you will receive the notification.
Websites have to ask if you want to receive notifications, and they need your registration to send them to you.
You have probably seen one of these requests:
They look the same regardless of which website you send them to because they are a standard feature provided by Chrome.
Click "Allow" and you will get one (or more) of these:
Click "Close" and the notification will disappear. Click the notification and you will be directed to the URL that the notification refers to.
Some sites flood you with these notifications, making it difficult to focus, disrupting work and leisure alike with your demands for care. Some sites become aggressive enough to feel like spam and malware.
As a direct line of communication in real time with users, they are popular with marketers. But users, beset by notifications from dozens of different websites, often feel differently.
For years, I manually rejected each of these notification requests.
But what if I told you that you could disable requests permanently?
It is true. You can disable them all directly Chrome itself. You will never receive another notification request again.
How to turn off Chrome Notifications on desktop
These instructions should work on all operating systems (except Chrome OS – instructions for that below). Whether you are using Mac, Window or Linux, Chrome desktop is configured in the same way and these steps should prevent you from receiving notification requests.
First, go to Chrome> Settings.
Scroll to the bottom and click "Advanced," then choose "Site Settings" under "Privacy and Security." Click "Notifications" and select how you want notifications to work. You can:
- Block them all by deactivating "Ask before sending".
- Block a site by clicking "Add" next to "Block", entering the site and clicking "Add" again.
- Allow a site. Next to "Allow," click "Add," log in to the site and click "Add."
How to turn off Chrome Notifications on Android
Android allows you to block all notifications directly in Chrome, as well as block websites individually if you prefer.
Block Chrome Notifications on Android from all sites:
- Go Chrome> More> Settings and Touchez "Site Settings".
- Touchez "Notifications" and turn it off.
To block only some notifications:
- Go to the website you want to block and touch More> Information.
- Touchez Site settings> Notifications. If these settings are not displayed, the website cannot send you notifications. If displayed, you can set it to Block and notifications from that website will be blocked.
How to turn off Chrome Notifications on iOS
Chrome Notifications don't work on iOS devices. So there is no need to manage or disable them – if you are an iOS user, you will not get Chrome Notifications at all.
There's an irony here in that Apple He pioneered in-app notifications on iOS, but the reason is quite simple: Apple You don't like the security issues that notifications cause (more on that later).
How to turn off Chrome Notifications on Chromebooks
Next to the clock, click the notification. It looks like an app or extension icon with a number next to it.
- To dismiss a single notification, click the "Delete" cross icon.
- To dismiss all notifications on your Chromebook, click on the "Clear All" icon.
- To stop future notifications, click "Settings." You will see a list of sites, applications, and extensions that can send you notifications. Uncheck the box next to the ones you want to block. Unfortunately, there is no master switch to uncheck them all.
Will this stop? Chrome spam notifications?
Chrome Notifications allow websites to speak to you whenever they want. Most sites will use the channel to say “Hello! Watch this! "Annoying if you don't want to, but legitimate on your own terms. Others will use the channel for things like spam and in an effort to sell you dubious software and services.
You cannot receive malware directly to your computer through Chrome Notifications: The content of the messages is provided by the website, but the message itself is sent by Chrome, so it cannot be used as a direct infection channel. What it can be used for is for malware sales messages, like these:
These are notifications intended to lure users to websites that will attempt to download compromised versions of common software or totally unrelated malware.
The good news is that these notifications do not come from a source that "lives" on your computer. There's nothing to uninstall, and you don't need to get an anti-malware tool to do the root channel job of your hard drive and make sure there's nothing nasty lurking in your directories yet. All you have to do is disable Chrome Notifications
All Chrome Notifications come with the URL of the website that sent them, so you can either match that to a site in your "Allow" list and block it, or you can disable notifications entirely. And needless to say, don't click on notifications like these and definitely download anything.
Chrome Notifications and security
Chrome Notifications cannot be used to directly infect or spy on your computer with malware.
But they can be used as an infection channel for malware, through phishing and social engineering, which sometimes starts with registration.
In this case, a video website has told visitors that they have to click "Allow" to view the video.
In fact, if they do, they will be taken somewhere else, and they may be asked to do everything again. Meanwhile, they are giving dubious sites they don't know very well to contact them at will.
In most cases, you can block the site by sending the notifications, or all notifications if you prefer. If you've been tricked into clicking spam notifications already, you may need an anti-malware tool to scan your computer, or Time Machine before visiting the website for the first time. To find out when that was, go to Chrome: // history / and enter the site URL in the search bar.
Chrome Notifications: the future
Chrome Notifications can be automatically blocked in the future. In new Chrome builds for Android, the flag # quiet-notify-promptpts It allows users to manage their notifications in a more sophisticated way.
Most of the flags in Chrome can only be enabled or disabled, but some like # quiet-notify-promptpts, you have more options. On Android, this flag has three Activate options: the first allows you to "Activate" to allow Chrome to send a silent push notification to your device to inform you that a notification sending request has been blocked. Then there is an option "Enabled (warning notifications)" that makes the notification request appear on your screen as a warning notice. In both options, the notification comes with a "Manage" button that takes you to the site settings page for the relevant website, where you can manually unblock the notifications.
A third option, "On (mini-info bars)," displays an info bar at the bottom of the screen with a short message informing you that Chrome blocked the notification request and offered the same "Manage" button as the other two options.
Desktop versions of Chrome have this flag too:
On the desktop, it works slightly differently, with both options planned showing an icon in the address bar to be used to indicate when Chrome has blocked a notification request. The main difference is that a version will have a sliding animation and will briefly show the message “Notifications blocked”; In this version, clicking on the icon will bring up a bubble that explains that Chrome automatically blocks notification requests and offers users the option to allow notifications for that particular site.
Most importantly for Chrome on the desktop, Chrome can automatically switch to blocking notifications for some people, depending on how often they reject notification requests. If you are a user who frequently declines notification requests, you may see a message that new requests have been "automatically blocked because you rejected notifications multiple times."
Automatically blocking notification requests may be the future of Chrome, but for now, you still need to manage notifications yourself.