How to Manage Push Notifications in Your Web Browser

Manage push notifications in your favorite web browser

Push notifications allow apps, websites, and some browser extensions to send you alerts, personal messages, and other advisories. These notices can be sent to your computer or portable device, even when the browser and related applications aren't active.

Most push notifications provide a way to control which sites and web apps are allowed to reach you in this fashion by using the Push API or a related standard. Here's how to modify these settings in the popular desktop and mobile browsers.

Google Chrome Push Notifications

The method to manage push notifications for Chrome on an Android device is different than other operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Chrome OS.

For Android

To manage push notifications on an Android phone or tablet:

  1. Select the Chrome menu, denoted by three vertically-placed dots and located in the upper-right corner of the browser window.

  2. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

  3. In the Chrome Settings, select Site Settings.

    Site Settings option
  4. In the Site Settings screen, scroll down and select Notifications.

  5. The following two settings are offered by toggling the switch on and off:

    • Ask first: The default option. Requires your permission to allow a site to send a push notification.
    • Blocked: Restricts all sites from sending push notifications through Chrome.
    Managing notifications in Chrome
  6. To permit or deny notifications from individual sites, select the lock icon that appears on the left side of the Chrome address bar when you visit the site. Next, tap Notifications and select either Allow or Block.

For Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS

To allow or block push notifications on Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, and Linux:

  1. Select the Chrome menu, located in the upper-right corner of the browser window and denoted by three stacked dots.

    A webpage in Chrome with the Settings icon highlighted
  2. In the drop-down menu, select Settings. Or, go to the Chrome address bar and enter chrome://settings.

    Chrome settings
  3. In the Chrome Settings screen, scroll down and select Advanced.

    Chrome Settings with the Advanced option highlighted
  4. In the Privacy and security section, select Content settings.

    Content Settings option in Chrome Advanced Settings
  5. In the Chrome Content settings ​screen, scroll down and select Notifications.

    Content Settings in Chrome with Notifications highlighted
  6. Under the Notifications settings, turn on the Ask before sending toggle switch to instruct Chrome to prompt you for a response each time a site attempts to push a notification to the browser. This is the default and recommended setting.

    Notifications settings in Chrome
  7. Below that are two sections: Block and Allow. Use these to affect push notifications from certain sites.

Push notifications are not sent while browsing in Incognito Mode.

Mozilla Firefox

Here's how to manage push notifications in Mozilla Firefox for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux:

  1. Go to the Firefox address bar, type about:preferences, and press Enter.

  2. In the Firefox Preferences screen, select Privacy & Security, located in the left menu pane.

    Privacy & Security options in Firefox preferences
  3. Scroll down to the Permissions section and, to the right of Notifications, select Settings.

    Notifications Settings button in Privacy & Security
  4. When a website requests your permission to send notifications using the Firefox Web Push feature, the sites you allow are stored in this table. Use the drop-down menu in the Status column to either Allow or Block a site.

    Notifications Permissions in Firefox with the Status column highlighted
  5. Firefox provides the ability to block notifications altogether, including related permission requests. To disable this function, select the Block new requests asking to allow notifications check box.

    Notification Permissions in Firefox with the Block New Requests checkbox highlighted
  6. Select Save Changes to make your settings permanent.

    Notification Permissions in Firefox with the Save Changes button highlighted
  7. You may need to restart Firefox for the new settings to take effect.

Microsoft Edge

To manage push notifications for Microsoft Edge on a Windows computer:

  1. Select the Settings menu in the upper-right corner. The icon is three horizontal dots.

    Settings icon in Microsoft Edge
  2. Choose Settings.

    Settings in Microsoft Edge
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced settings section and select View advanced settings.

    View Advanced Settings in Microsoft Edge
  4. In the Website permissions section, and select Manage.

    Manage button in Edge preferences
  5. You'll see a list of websites that you granted special permissions to. Under each one, Edge lists the permissions that it was granted. Notifications is listed on sites you allowed to send you notifications. Select a site.

    Microsoft Edge site permissions
  6. Under that site, turn the toggle switch On or Off. Select Clear permissions (below the switch) to remove all permissions granted to a site.

    Notifications switch in Edge


To manage push notifications in the Opera web browser on a Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux computer:

  1. Go to the Opera address bar, type opera://settings, and press Enter.

  2. In the Opera Settings screen, scroll down and select Advanced.

    Advanced settings in Opera
  3. In the Privacy and security section, select Content settings.

    Content Settings option in Opera's Privacy and Security settings
  4. Choose Notifications.

    Notifications in Opera's Content Settings
  5. Move the toggle switch to flip between Ask before sending and Block. The one you choose is Opera's default behavior for a site that supports push notifications.

    Notifications settings in Opera
  6. Use the Block and Allow lists to manually add sites to tell Opera to always either block or allow certain websites.


To manage push notification in Safari on Mac OS X:

  1. From the Safari menu, select Preferences.

    The keyboard shortcut is Command+, (comma).

    Safari on a Mac with the Preferences menu item highlighted
  2. Select Websites, located along the top row.

    Safari preferences with the Websites tab highlighted
  3. In the left pane, select Notifications.

    Website preferences in Safari with Notifications highlighted
  4. By default, Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications is enabled. These sites are stored and listed on this screen, along with the level of permission you granted. Accompanying each site are two choices, Allow or Deny. Select the desired option for each site, or leave it as is.

    Notifications settings in Safari with the Allow/Block pulldown menu highlighted
  5. At the bottom of the Notifications, there's an additional option, Remove, which allows you to delete saved preferences for one or more sites. When an individual site's setting is deleted, that site prompts you for action the next time it attempts to send a notification.

    Remove button in Notifications settings in Safari
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