Disable Desktop Notification Requests

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So, real quick, here’s how to turn off desktop notification requests in most browsers. Because if you’re like me, you find them extremely annoying. Few things are more obnoxious than a website throwing an unsolicited desktop notification at you.

Update: Yeah, browsers keep updating, so a lot of the steps given below are out of date. I’ll update this post soon.

No desktop notifications

Chrome

  1. Go to chrome://settings/content/notifications in the address bar.
  2. Toggle “Ask before sending (recommended)” to “Blocked”.
Disable desktop notifications in Chrome

Firefox

  1. Go to about:config in the address bar.
  2. Click “I’ll be careful, I promise”.
  3. Search for “dom.webnotifications.enabled”.
  4. Double click the row to toggle “true” to “false”.
Disable desktop notifications in Firefox

Opera

  1. Go to opera://settings/ in the address bar.
  2. Click “Websites” on the left.
  3. Scroll down to “Notifications” and select “Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications”.
Disable desktop notifications in Opera

Safari

  1. In the menu bar, go to Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click “Websites” along the top, then “Notifications” on the left.
  3. Uncheck “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications”.
Disable desktop notifications in Safari

Edge

Unfortunately, there’s no way to turn off desktop notifications in Edge. The best you can do is say no to the request to block a site going forward.

Internet Explorer

Good news, kind of! IE (any version) does not support desktop notifications.

Don’t Be Annoying

Maybe disabling desktop notifications altogether is somewhat of a nuclear option. I actually appreciate desktop notifications for some things (Google Calendar, for example). I just wish more sites would try to earn my trust first instead of throwing a desktop notification request at me before I’ve even had a chance to read a single word on the page. It’s like proposing on the first date.

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