How to Turn off Notifications on Chrome in Windows 10

Disable Chrome notifications when you need a break

What to Know

  • Click the menu icon (three vertical dots) > Settings > Privacy and security > Site Settings > Notifications > enter a URL in the search box.
  • If the URL is on the allow list, click the menu icon next to it, and select Remove.

This article explains how to turn off Chrome notifications in Windows 10.

How to Disable Chrome Notifications

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

  1. Open the Chrome browser.

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

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

    Chrome menu showing Settings location
  4. On the left pane, select Privacy and security.

    Chrome Privacy and Security settings
  5. In the middle pane, select Site Settings.

    Site Settings in Google Chrome.
  6. Select Notifications in the Permissions section.

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

    Searching for a URL in Google Chrome.
  8. Below the Search box, select the Sites can ask to send notifications toggle. Enabled by default, this setting controls whether Chrome asks you for permission when a site wants to send push notifications to the browser.

    Chrome Notifications settings

    It's recommended you leave this setting as is, so you're prompted when a website that's 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 cannot send notifications to the browser. To delete a site from the Block list, select More actions, found to the right of its name and represented by three vertically-aligned dots, and then select Remove.

    Chrome showing Notifications block list

    When you remove a URL from the Block list, you will get a prompt to allow notifications when you next visit the site. To enable notifications right away, select Allow.

  10. There's a third option in the pop-out menu. Select Edit to modify the site's URL. Select Save after you make the changes.

    Chrome edit site URL screen in Notifications settings
  11. Next to the More actions icon is a right-facing arrow; click it to see the website's permissions. Select each one, then select an option for it from the menu to its right.

    In addition to basic notification settings, you can also configure other options for each website, such as whether they can access your Camera and Microphone or if you want to allow automatic downloads originating from their domain.

    Chrome settings showing permission for individual websites

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

  12. Return to the main Notifications settings screen. There's a section labeled Allow. Any website listed under the Allow header is configured to send push notifications to Chrome without asking for your permission beforehand.

    Much like the Block section, you can 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.

    Selecting Allow in Notification for Google Chrome.

    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 include sites in either list proactively.

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

How to Disable Notifications in the Windows 10 Settings

With Windows 10, you can control notifications for many applications, not only Chrome. To turn off notifications, do the following:

  1. Go to Start > Settings.

    Selecting Settings within Windows 10 Start Menu.
  2. Select System.

    Selecting system in Windows 10 control panel.
  3. Select Notifications & actions.

    Selecting notifications and actions in Windows 10 Settings.
  4. Under Get notifications from these senders, select the toggle next to Google Chrome.

    Selecting Google Chrome in Notifications and actions in Windows 10.
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