Surfing the Internet on a desktop computer can sometimes feel like a carefully crafted mental health test. It displays ads and automatically playing videos on the left and right, and even shows pop-ups from websites asking for permission to send more popups in the form of notifications. It's enough to drive someone crazy.
I do not know about you, but I almost never want a website to send me notifications – not while I'm actively looking around and certainly not while it's closed. Fortunately, a minute or two of simple tweaking can prevent your browser from ever allowing such invasive invitations to harass you.
We've included instructions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Just follow the steps below. Your reason will thank you.
Stop notifications in Chrome
- Click the three-dot menu icon in the upper-right corner of the browser and choose Preferences.
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Advanced, then click the Site Settings option under the heading "Privacy and Security."
- Click "Notifications" on the next screen.
- Click the button next to "Ask before sending (recommended)". "This changes the toggle from blue to gray and the text to" locked ".
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- Click the "Add" button next to the word "Allow".
- Enter the URL of the website for which you want to create a whitelist Format: twitter.com / * – or le for another example: mail.google.com/mail*
The asterisks serve as placeholders and instruct Chrome to allow notifications from each site from with the path you entered.
Stop notifications in Firefox
- Click the three-line menu icon in the top-right corner of the browser and choose Options.
- Click "Privacy and Security" on the left side of the menu.
- Scroll down to the Permissions section and click the Settings button next to Notifications.
- Select the check box next to "Block new requests to allow notifications."
- If you want to remove sites that you have already authorized to deliver notifications, click them in the list on the same screen, and then click the Remove Site button. You can also click the "Remove All Sites" button to remove all whitelisted sites at once. (If you do not see any websites in the list and the buttons are dimmed, you did not give any website the green light to notify you.)
Firefox does not provide a way to add sites as there are exceptions in Preferences. So, if you want to whitelist websites, you need to leave the notification permission turned on and then visit these sites individually to ask you to do so. You can then individually approve the requests and go back and then to disable the notification privilege once you're done.
Stop notifications in Safari
- From the top menu bar, go to Safari> Preferences.
- Click Notifications in the left menu.
- All sites that have requested permission to view notifications are listed. You can go through the list and approve or reject any or all.
- You can also clear the "Allow sites to ask for permission to send push notifications" check box at the bottom of the window.
You can also mute all notifications from Safari (and other apps) by clicking the notification Mac Center:
- Go to your system settings …
- Click Notifications
- Find Safari in the list on the left and select it.
- Under "Safari notification style:", select "None." This only affects the banners that are displayed when you receive a notification.
- Disable any (or all) of the following options: "Show notifications on the lock screen," "Show in notifications center," "Badge app icon," and "Play" sound for notifications.
If you want to temporarily mute your system, you can choose Do Not Disturb at the top of the left list and then enter the time or circumstances when you want to mute all notifications.
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