How To Avoid Browser Notifications Like The Plague

Recently several blogs I visit have jumped on the browser notifications bandwagon.

You may have seen similar requests that pop up and ask if the website can send you push notifications.

What that means is that they can then send you real time messages that display a pop up on your browser screen.

These messages will appear whether you’re browsing their website or not and can become very irritating.

I get irritated just by the requests I keep getting to turn them on every time I go on their sites. So, I decided to find a way to get rid of them for good.

It seems there are a number of ways to tackle the problem depending on the solution you require.

Potentially you might want to accept notifications from some websites but not from others.

Turn Notifications Off Completely

Each browser will have a different way to turn notifications off completely.

It might seem extreme but if you really don’t want to see any more of those annoying things it’s the way to go.

I’ve resisted the temptation so far because there are a couple of websites (not blogs I might add) where I find browser notifications useful.

I predominantly use Google Chrome on my desktop and this is how to turn them off.

  1. Click on the Chrome menu button. You’ll find it in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. It’s the icon with three dots one above the other.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings. You can also type in the following text into Chrome’s address bar in place of clicking on this menu item: chrome://settings
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Show advanced settings link.
  4. If you then scroll down a bit further you’ll see the Privacy section. Click on the Content settings button.
  5. Chrome’s Content settings should now be visible. Scroll down until you find the Notifications section, which provides the following three options; each accompanied by a radio button.
  6. Allow all sites to show notifications: Lets all websites send push notifications through Chrome without requiring your permission.
    Ask when a site wants to show notifications: Instructs Chrome to prompt you for a response each time a site attempts to push a notification through the browser. This is the default and recommended setting.
    Do not allow any site to show notifications: Restricts apps and sites from sending push notifications.
  7. Also found in the Notifications section is the Manage exceptions button, which allows you to allow or block notifications from individual websites or domains. These exceptions will override the aforementioned settings.

Source: Lifewire

For other devices and browsers check the Lifewire article How To Manage Push Notifications In Your Web Browser for further details.

Block Each Website Individually

I’ve started blocking browser notifications from each site individually at the moment.

From the permission requests you see pop up though it’s not always clear how to do that.

Some show an approve or block button but others just have approve or “no thanks” buttons.

I discovered if you click on the no thanks button it just dismisses the popup.

When you land on that site again, you’ll keep seeing that popup asking for permission.

The only way to get rid of it is to click the allow button. Don’t worry, that won’t immediately allow browser notifications though!

Instead you’ll see the approve or block buttons pop up and from there you can click block.

This might be the best solution unless you’re seeing an excessive amount of permission requests.

Use Private Browsing

If you use the private browsing functionality on any web browser then notifications won’t work.

Great news! Although it can be inconvenient if you want to save cookies so websites remember your preferences the next time you visit.

With Google Chrome you can start a new incognito window in one of two ways:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows) or Command + Shift + N (Mac)
  2. Click on the Chrome menu button. You’ll find it in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. It’s the icon with three dots one above the other. Choose “New incognito window”.

For all other browsers, check out Lifewire’s article Activating Incognito Browsing Mode in Your Browser.

Read Articles Through An RSS Reader

I often use an RSS reader to keep up to date with the latest articles on the blogs I follow.

It means I can more or less visit one site and get my fill of everything new without having to open every single website.

And that way I won’t ever see whether they have browser notifications set up or not. Win win.

It doesn’t always work because some sites only show a summary of their posts in their RSS feed.

Unless the post really interests me I’m less likely to click through to those in any case.

What Do You Think Of Browser Notifications From Blogs?

In certain circumstances getting push notifications can be useful.

But with blog owners now turning to them as another marketing vehicle, they’re becoming as annoying as pop ups.

What do you think of browser notifications? Do you use them on your site? How is working out for you if you do?

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