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 types of advisories. These notices can be sent to your computer or portable device, even when the browser and related applications are not active. Most push notifications provide the ability to control which sites and web apps are allowed to reach you in this fashion by utilizing 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 Chrome OS, Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

For Android

To manage push notifications on an Android phone or tablet:

  1. On your Android device, 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 a respective site. Next, tap Notifications and select either Allow or Block.

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

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

  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 to the bottom of the screen 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 Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows:

  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. Whenever 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 also provides the ability to block notifications altogether, including any related permission requests. To disable this functionality, 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 your new settings to take effect.

Microsoft Edge

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

  1. Open Edge, and select the Settings menu in the upper-right corner. The icon is three horizontal dots.

    Settings icon in Microsoft Edge
  2. With the menu open, 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 will see a list of websites that you granted special permissions to. Under each one, Edge lists the permissions that it's been granted. Notifications is listed on sites you've 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

Opera

To manage push notifications in the Opera web browser on a Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows 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. Whichever you choose will be Opera's default behavior whenever a site 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.

Safari

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, along with the level of permission that you granted them, are stored and listed on this screen. Accompanying each site are two choices, Allow or Deny. Select the desired option for each site, or leave them as is.

    Notifications settings in Safari with the Allow/Block pulldown menu highlighted
  5. At the bottom of the Notifications, there is 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 will prompt you for action the next time it attempts to send a notification via the Safari browser.

    Remove button in Notifications settings in Safari