How to Turn off Notifications on Chrome in Windows 10

Disable Chrome notifications when you need a break

Although useful in certain instances, Google Chrome notifications can often get in the way of what you’re doing and become a bothersome feature of an otherwise solid web browser. Here's how to turn off notifications on Chrome in Windows 10.

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Windows 10 operating system.

How to Disable Chrome Notifications

If you’re tired of seeing alerts popping up on your PC, follow these steps to disable them.

All Chrome notifications are automatically hidden when browsing in Incognito Mode.

  1. Open your Chrome browser.

  2. Select the Menu, represented by three vertically-aligned dots and located in the upper right corner of the browser window.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings. You can also enter the following in Chrome's address bar in lieu of selecting this menu item: chrome://settings

    Chrome menu showing Settings location
  4. Chrome's Settings interface isdisplayed in a new tab. Scroll down and select Advanced.

    Chrome showing location of Advanced settings
  5. Scroll down again and select the Privacy and security section. Then, select Site Settings.

    Chrome Privacy and Security settings
  6. Select Notifications in the Permissions section.

    Chrome location of Notifications settings
  7. In Chrome's Notifications settings interface, enter a partial or full URL in the Search box to see if notifications for that particular site are allowed or blocked. These designations are stored whenever you select a particular option from a pop-up notification generated by that respective website.

  8. Directly below the Search box, you can select the Ask before sending toggle. Enabled by default, this setting controls whether or not Chrome asks you for permission whenever a particular site wants to send push notifications to your browser.

    Chrome Notifications settings

    It's recommended you leave this setting as is, so you're prompted whenever a website not on your Allow or Block list attempts to send a push notification to Chrome.

  9. The Block section contains a list of web addresses that are not allowed to send notifications to your browser. To delete a site from the Block list, first select More actions, found to the far right of its name and represented by three vertically aligned dots, and then select Remove.

    Chrome showing Notifications block list

    When an entry is removed from the Block list, you are once again prompted to either allow or deny push notifications from that site through Chrome. If you'd simply like to allow notifications from this site without being asked for permission each time, select Allow.

  10. You also have noticed a third option in the pop-out menu. Select Edit to modify the individual site's URL. Select Save after you've made any changes.

    Chrome edit site URL screen in Notifications settings
  11. Next to the More actions icon is a right-facing arrow, which shows the individual permissions for the website in question when selected. Select each permission one at a time and select an option for it from the menu to its right.

    In addition to basic notification settings, you can also configure a number of other options for each website, such as whether or not they can access your camera and microphone, or if you'd like to allow automatic downloads originating from their domain.

    Chrome settings showing permission for individual websites

    Be very careful when modifying individual site permissions, especially those that involve access to your payment methods or the ability to execute Flash or JavaScript code. If you'd like to use the default permissions, which are typically the safest, simply select Reset permissions.

  12. Returning to the main Notifications settings screen, there's also a section labeled Allow. Any website listed under the Allow header is configured to send push notifications to Chrome without having to ask for your permission beforehand. Much like the Block section, you can choose to edit or remove any of these entries, or add them to the Block section. You can also modify other permissions for each site by selecting the right-facing arrow, as described in the previous step.

    URLs are added to both the Block and Allow sections when you choose the corresponding option within an individual push notification. However, you can select Add in the upper right corner of each section to proactively include sites in either list.