Stop Websites From Asking to Send Notifications on Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari

show notifications prompt in chrome

“Show Notifications” Prompt on Chrome

While browsing, you must have come across websites that prompt you to show notifications. These notifications prompts are certainly annoying as they appear frequently, regardless of the browser you’re using. Though one can always allow or block a website from sending push notifications. However, the push notification prompt will still appear the next time you visit any other site with such an integration. That said, you won’t get notifications while you’re browsing in Incognito Mode on Chrome.

If the notification requests seriously bother you, then you can stop any websites from requesting permission to show notifications. Yes, you can do this by simply turning off a particular setting that you will find in all the modern browsers. It’s highly likely that you might not be aware of this great feature as it’s hidden deep inside the browser settings.

How to Stop “Show notifications’ prompt in your browser

Without further ado, follow the step-by-step instructions to stop websites from asking to send notifications. We’ve included the steps for Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge (Chromium) and Safari.

In Chrome (On the desktop)

  1. Click the menu button (3-dot icon) at the top right and select “Settings”.
  2. In the sidebar on left, go to Advanced > Privacy and security and click on “Site settings”. chrome site settings
  3. Under Permissions, click on the “Notifications” tab. chrome notifications setting
  4. Turn off the toggle button next to “Ask before sending (recommended)”. chrome Ask before sending (recommended)
  5. You will see “Blocked” after disabling the setting. chrome stop show notifications popup

Tip: You can whitelist specific websites such as Gmail and Twitter so that you can still receive notifications from them. For this, click the “Add” button next to “Allow” on the same screen. Enter the URL of the site that you want to whitelist and click “Add”.

chrome whitelist sites to allow notification

It’s worth noting that any sites listed under the Allow section will continue to send you notifications, irrespective of the default setting. In case you want to block or remove a site from the whitelisted sites then click the 3-dot menu next to them and choose the desired option.

In Chrome for Android

  1. Open Chrome and tap the 3-dots from the top-right corner.
  2. Select “Settings” and go to “Site settings” under Advanced. chrome android site settings
  3. Tap the “Notifications” option. chrome for android notifications setting
  4. Turn off the toggle next to “Notifications – Ask before allowing sites to send notifications”. It should then read “Blocked”. block notifications on chrome for android

ALSO READ: How to turn off Google News alerts on Android

In Firefox

sent notifications popup in firefox

Since the release of Firefox 59, Mozilla has added this much-needed setting as well. Similar to Chrome, you can allow certain websites to send you notifications while blocking new requests asking to send notifications. Here’s how to block notification requests by default in Firefox.

  1. Click the menu (hamburger icon) from the top-right and select “Content Blocking”. firefox content blocking
  2. Scroll down to the Permissions category.
  3. Click the “Settings” button shown next to the “Notifications”. notifications setting in firefox
  4. Check the box next to “Block new requests asking to allow notifications” and hit “Save Changes”. Block new requests asking to allow notifications on firefox

In case you’ve already allowed any websites to show notifications, you can remove them from the list. To do so, select the desired website(s) and click either “Remove Website” or “Remove All Websites”.

In Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based)

  1. Click the 3-horizontal dots from the upper-right corner and open “Settings”.
  2. Select “Site Permissions” from the left pane and go to “Notifications”. notifications setting in microsoft edge
  3. Disable the slider next to “Ask before sending (recommended)”. Doing so will turn the toggle button colour from blue to white. block notifications on edge browser

Just like Chrome, you can add your favourite websites to the Allow list in Edge, such as to whitelist them.

In Safari on macOS

  1. Navigate to Safari > Preferences from the menu bar at the top. safari browser preferences
  2. Click on “Websites” and then “Notifications” from the left-side column.
  3. Uncheck the box that says “Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications”. block notifications popups in safari

Note: Websites that have already asked for permission to show alerts will be listed right above. You can either block them (if allowed before) or select and remove them from the list if you don’t wish to get notifications from them, anymore.

If you wish to allow push notifications in the future, you can always revert back to the original setting.

Hat Tip via [Owen Williams]


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

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