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How To Enable Facebook Push Notifications Through Chrome

Facebook Notifications on Chrome

You can get Facebook Notifications through Chrome

In this short post we are going to show you how you can enable Facebook notifications on Chrome – both on Android and on the desktop.

You won’t need to add extensions, unearth a hidden setting or use a third-party service,

All you need is the Google Chrome browser on Android, Chrome OS, or a regular desktop.

First, a little recap.

Chrome Push Notifications Will App-ify The Web

Introduced to Google Chrome earlier this year is support for a new Push Notifications API. This feature allows websites that you give permission to the ability to send you notifications and alerts – even when the website isn’t open in a tab.

Web Push works hand-in-hand with other cool features like Service Workers and Web Manifests to help ‘app-ify’ websites on mobile and desktops.

push notifications in chrome

push notifications supported by other sites

Facebook is among the first sites to add support for the feature (Vice News, eBay and Product Hunt are also among those taking advantage), keeping you up to speed with comments, replies and mentions.

Now for the caveat.

Facebook only supports web push notifications on the mobile version of its website. This is not an issue on Android; the Facebook mobile site is a leaner way to use the social network without the storage bloat and data demands of the full Android app.

Desktop users can benefit from Facebook’s support of the web push API standard to get alerts free of the need to keep the site open in a browser tab but clicking these notifications will open the mobile version of the website and not the version most are familiar with.

But even this has it’s pluses.

On my aged Samsung Series 5 (!) Chromebook I added the mobile version of Facebook (m.facebook.com) to my Chrome app shelf because a) it’s more ‘app-y’ b) it loads faster and c) I can “lock” it in the Chrome OS Sidebar.

This gives me a handy way to keep tabs while working on other stuff, like this post.

Facebook Touch in Chrome OS Sidebar

Facebook Touch in Chrome OS Sidebar

Keeping Facebook open all the time is not hugely practical. So I opted to turn on desktop notifications for Facebook through Chrome. This way I keep on top of pointless pressing updates but without the need to keep checking the site itself.

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Clicking on a web push toast from Facebook opens the corresponding page in the mobile version of Facebook in a new tab (or, if you’ve added the website to your app shelf like I have, in a separate window).

I will caution now that on the desktop iteration notifications sometimes never arrive – so don’t rely on this solely.

How To Enable Facebook Notifications in Chrome

Tell Facebook You Want Them

First things first: you may need to enable Mobile Notifications on the Facebook website by going to Facebook > Settings > Notification Settings > Mobile. 

This page also lets you decide which notifications you want to receive alerts for and turn off the notification you don’t want to receive.

Android Instructions:

To enable Facebook notifications on Chrome for Android follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the Facebook website in Chrome for Android
  2. Agree to ‘Allow Notifications’ when prompted

To disable/turn off web push notifications in Chrome for Android:

  1. Go to Chrome > Settings > Site Settings
  2. Select ‘Notifications’
  3. Under ‘Allowed’ section tap ‘Facebook’
  4. Under ‘Permissions’ tap ‘Notifications’
  5. Select ‘Block’

Desktop Instructions:

Enable 'em

Enable ’em

To enable Facebook Notifications in desktop Chrome or on Chrome OS:

Facebook notifications are now live on the non-mobile version of Facebook. You no longer need to use the mobile site.
  1. Visit m.facebook.com in a new tab
  2. Agree to the ‘show notifications’ prompt

To disable/turn off web push notifications in desktop Chrome or on Chrome OS:

  1. Open Chrome notification center
  2. Click on the ‘cog’ icon
  3. Locate ‘m.facebook.com:433’ in the list
  4. Uncheck the box beside it

On desktop Chrome you’ll receive notification toasts infrequently through the Chrome notification centre.

On Android notification appear in the notification shade. Alerts are denoted by a ‘bell’ icon in the status bar (this will shortly be changed to a Chrome icon).

Facebook Notifications

Facebook Notifications delivered via Chrome for Android

Is this a feature you’re already using? Which other sites would you like to see offer push notifications? Let us know your take in the comments space below.

  • Harshit Garg

    I don’t seem to get the pop-up for the ‘allow notifications’ thing.

    • philip formby

      me neither

    • Kevin Roman

      same here, only got it on my android phone.

    • Patrick Mitchell

      same

      • Caro

        Same here

    • Rami Selin

      Same problem. Worked on my my Moto G but not on Toshiba Chromebook.

    • You *may* need to enable Mobile Notifications through Facebook > Settings > Notification Settings > Mobile

    • Salman Abbas

      Worked for me by opening Developer Tools and spoofing as Nexus 6. :)

  • I enabled it. 2 hours later I disabled it after realizing how incredibly distracting it is to have Facebook notifications constantly popping up on my desktop. I definitely use it on Gmail and other productivity apps, but there’s no way I’m keeping it alive for Facebook.

    • Haha, fair enough!

      • FYI – a much easier way to disable notifications. :)
        (Especially in Linux where the Notification Center only shows up when you have a pending notification.)

  • Morten Ulv

    Does this work for messenger?

    • alvaro guzman

      Its supposed to work on it, but i have enabled it, though nothing is notified to me =/

      • MigIzzel

        Same :(

        • Keshav Bhatt

          work with messanger-desktop and whatsapp desktop app i developed in nw.js

  • Boothy

    What version of Skype are you using there Joey?

    • Travis McEndree

      Skype for web

  • Jordana Sinclair

    I loved that i didn’t have to do anything (i don’t remember saying ‘okay’ to anything) and I’ve gotten them. In fact, i was quite surprised when I did!

  • Apurv Jyotirmay

    These features are really nice. BTW what’s the reason that Google is not releasing Chrome OS as an iso for the general public to try?

    • Sebastiaan Franken

      Because Chrome OS isn’t designed to run on generic X86 hardware. It’s just designed to run on a *select* few hardware configurations. If they’d have to support every single X86 variant they’d have a problem. You can download the Chrome OS image from Chrome’s Waterfall and try them, but no guarantees.

      • Apurv Jyotirmay

        But still, it’s running Linux, so shouldn’t the hardware support be good by default?

        • white lightning

          Using a fully functional flavor of Linux would be far more satisfying for most people who are just putting an operating system onto a bare metal computer or server.

          I’d suggest mint or one of the many other user friendly distros.

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  • SonyManiac

    You have to turn push notifications in your facebook mobile page.

  • I let my phone handle notifications and use the Desktop Notifications app and Chrome Extension to push them to my Chromebook. You can edit which notifications are sent, and most notifications come with a link to open the required web page.

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  • Joshua Powers

    How did you get mobile facebook in the side bar like that, I didn’t even know chrome os had a sidebar.

    • Make the Facebook window really narrow and then drag it to the side. You’ll see a snap animation but for a very thin vertical strip. Dock it, and then make the window a bit wider (it will ‘snap’ to the maximum dock width)

      • Joshua Powers

        but how did you get rid of the tab to just have a window like in the picture?

        • Joshua Powers

          never mind I figured out how.

          • Dusten B.

            how did you get rid of the tab bar, then?

          • Rudy

            Go to Facebook settings > notifications >Under desktop and mobile click edit
            There will be a button waiting to turn it off.

      • oubrioko

        How did you get the tab to disappear and get the url to show on the window bar with no tab visible? Is there a setting to turn off tabbed browsing in Chrome/Chrome OS? Thanks.

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  • ilSuperGattoNero

    I think the feature sucks. if i want toast, i’ll go grill some..

  • Varun Srivastava

    I am using Chromium 49 with Windows 10, I have enabled desktop notifications for facebook, but this does not work.

  • Very nice tutorial.Great guide for the guys like me.

  • Paulo Queiroz

    please what is this app “Writer” in the picture?

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  • Cheryl Snelleman

    You didn’t exactly explain WHERE to find the Chrome Notification Center.

  • Riane Holt

    HELP! I love the notifications but now I can’t get past the “Download and install messenger” screen when I go to read messages. It works in Firefox but FF doesn’t give me the notifications I can click and follow. I hate when I click the notification without thinking, go into Chrome and can’t get to what the notification was. Anyone know how to make that stop? There used to be an x in the top right that I could close the “install messenger” screen but now it’s not there. Like I used up all the time I had and now I installing messenger is my only choice through Chrome. GRRR. Annoys me!

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    How to write test this push notification using Selenium?Can someone help me please.