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This article was published on November 26, 2021

How to turn off those damn ‘allow site notifications?’ pop-ups in every browser

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How to turn off those damn ‘allow site notifications?’ pop-ups in every browser
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

There’s practically no need to allow websites to send you notifications, and there’s certainly no need for your web browser to ask if that’d be okay. If you’ve never found any use for these, I want to show you how to fix it once and for all, in whichever browser you use.

Google Chrome (desktop)

  • Click on the three dots button near the top right corner of the browser, and select Settings.
  • Head to ‘Privacy and security,’ and then click on Site Settings. Alternatively, simply type ‘notifications’ in the ‘Search settings’ query box on this page.
  • Under ‘Permissions’, look for Notifications and click on it.
  • Under Default behavior, select Don’t allow sites to send notifications.
Turning off notifications in Chrome
Turning off notifications in Chrome

Google Chrome (mobile)

  • Tap the three dots button near the top right corner of the browser, and select Settings.
  • Tap Site settings, then select Notifications.
  • On the next screen, set the toggle to off.
Turning off notifications in Chrome (Android)
Turning off notifications in Chrome (Android)

Microsoft Edge

  • Click on the three dots button near the top right corner of the browser, and select Settings.
  • Click on Cookies and site permissions in the left sidebar.
  • Under ‘Site permissions’ > ‘All permissions’, look for Notifications, and click on that section. Alternatively, simply type ‘notifications’ in the ‘Search settings’ query box on the Settings page.
  • Set the ‘Ask before sending (recommended)’ toggle to off.
Turning off notifications in Edge
Turning off notifications in Edge

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on the three lines (hamburger) button near the top right corner of the browser, and select Settings.
  • Click on Privacy & Security in the left sidebar. Under ‘Permissions’ on that page, find ‘Notifications’ and click the Settings… button alongside it.
  • In the pop-up that appears, check the box labeled ‘Block new requests asking to allow notifications.’ Click Save Changes to confirm this.
Turning off notifications in Firefox
Turning off notifications in Firefox

Safari (desktop)

  • Click Safari in the top left corner of the screen, and then Preferences.
  • Then navigate to General and choose Notifications.
  • There you’ll see a box marked ‘Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications’ — just toggle it off and you’re good to go.
Turning off site notifications in Safari (desktop)
Turning off site notifications in Safari (desktop)

And that’s it. If you’re using a browser that isn’t listed here, you should generally be able to locate the option to turn notifications off simply by searching for it in the Settings menu.

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