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How to Disable Chrome Notifications on Mac and Windows

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Mac Users Can Disable The Feature Easily

With each successive release, the Chrome Notification Center improves. In fact, I dare not imagine how my productivity might suffer without it!

From Gmail alerts to Google Now cards, the Chrome notifications helps me to stay on top of things.

And yet, on the flip side, I am not everyone.

Many Chrome users find the extra notification features an annoyance, and inserting unwanted clutter in an otherwise ordered system tray.

But Should You Turn It Off?

Designed to be a one-stop drop-down shade for housing app alerts, e-mail notifications and (for now) cards from Google Now, the Chrome Notification Centre is a useful tool if you’re heavily invested in the Google ecosystem or reliant on alerts from certain apps and websites you have installed.

But if you aren’t you may be asking how to disable Chrome notifications entirely

The short answer is you can’t, at least not outright. You can, however turn off notifications toasts (the rectangular alerts that appear on screen) for most sites and apps and ‘hide’ the bell icon (the notification center that store these toasts) from view.

How to Disable Chrome Notifications

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Choose Which Notifications You See — All, Some Or None!

Before we hide the notification center itself we need to use it to turn off notifications for Chrome apps, websites and services.

Be sure that you want to do this before continuing.

To turn off Chrome notifications:

  1. Open the notification center by clicking the bell icon
  2. Click the ‘cog wheel’ (Settings) icon 
  3. Uncheck/deselect apps/websites as required

For many of you this step along may be the perfect solution. You can pick and choose which notifications you get.

You may still receive some Chrome notifications going forward, i.e. after installing a new app, but it should help you filter the noise.

How To Hide Chrome Notification Icon

Having disabled notification toasts you may also want to hide the notification center icon used to stores them.

On Mac OS X this takes no more than a couple of clicks:

  1. Click the ‘Chrome’ menu in the Menu Bar
  2. Select the ‘Hide Notifications Icon’ entry
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For Windows 7 and 8 users, hiding the bell icon from system tray is a little less obvious:

  1. Click the overflow arrow in the lower-right System Tray
  2. Click on the ‘Customise’ link
  3. Find and change the Google Chrome icon behavior to “Hide icon and notifications”

Alternatively, if you want to see notification toasts as they arrive but don’t want the notification center they get stored in, select the “Show Notifications but Hide Icon” behavior.

How to Re-Enable Chrome Notifications

To re-enable notification center and app/websites alerts you need to repeat the steps above in reverse order. First set the bell icon to show, then use the settings menu inside to toggle on notifications you previously de-selected.

  • xdigi

    Google just needs to stop being lazy and use, you know, the NOTIFICATION CENTER THAT IS BUILT IN TO THE MAC.

    • How could they possible be lazy? They designed their own notification center. ‘-‘

  • How turn-off Blink notifications and turn-on native notifications from Chrome in OS X?

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  • 乃宏周

    I’m now disable it totally, I can NOT even see it in settings of notifications in windows. How can I re-enable it ?

    • Gary Johnson

      I see the same, or I do not see the setting. I would rather see these on my phone. I am having problems with my desktop machine not sleeping or going into sleep, so I would really like to turn these off.

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  • In Chrome 37, the “Hide Notifications Icon” menu item is no longer there.

    • blisterpeanuts

      On the Mac, it’s now under Chrome->Preferences->Privacy->Content Settings->Notifications
      Less convenient but still works.

      • Red

        thank you !!!

  • Jim Thompson

    This is driving me CRAZY! I have spent 2 hours searching for an answer as to where the Notifications setting has gone with Chrome v50+ on Mac OS. Not in chrome://flags, not in the Chrome menu, nothing Google or Chrome related appears in the native Mac notification settings. HELP! :) I need to temporarily disable these notifications while I am giving sales presentations.

  • These Notifications wanabee must be removed from Chrome

    The developers who wrote this notification system are badly outdated, as outlined and confirmed by this article:
    – any OS needs notifications that work, are immediately seen or heard, AND don’t get in the way of the other activities going on.
    – notifications in Chrome do get in the way in an inacceptable manner. To not see this you need to be particularly blind or outdated or a small and partial user of Chrome.
    – what confirms what you can guess from using Chrome is the phrase above: « the Chrome Notification Centre is a useful tool if you’re heavily invested in the Google ecosystem or reliant on alerts from certain apps and websites you have installed » (sic – please don’t laugh)
    As many of Chrome users I generally have 50 to 200 Chrome tabs open concurrently (Windows 7 64bit pro, Chrome 54), displayed on 2 monitors (my old small laptop 1280×800px and an external VGA-connected 21.5in 1920×1080px).
    I have developed for decades, including for 15 years large programs and OS parts (e.g. a file system) in sci-eng domains (high-speed infrastructure layout, 2D and 3D modeling and meshing, with all the lower modules required as numerical analysis, time and date handling).
    What happens in Chrome is this: one day while I am editing a document, suddenly my mouse or keyboard input doesn’t register; each try produces just a one-strike bell, strengthening my impression that this is my keyboard or mouse failing. I try again, I try to explore the reasons why my kbd fails, I try Control Panel, everything. Only after wasting my time and nerves do I find, hidden stuck under the top of one tab in one of the Chrome windows on one of the monitors, a tiny windowlet, that is purely regular text onto regular white background with a regular 1px black border; IOW, all is done to make it unnoticed, which, for a notification, is rather counter-intuitive.

    The problem is that this unbelievable design flaw has lasted for a very long time (from Chrome 50 IIRC) with no correction at all, perhaps more than a year. So it is probable that, as in all numerous Chrome shortcomings, no correction will happen for a very long and inacceptable time. So I search for a way to disable Notifications, which lands me on this page… that is totally blind to the problem and makes all they can to NOT recognize or admit or cure that flaw; Google will obviously never understand the problem let alone fix it.

    If ever Google developers could take this as seriously as required…

    Versailles, Tue 25 Oct 2016 08:30:40 +0200