How To Stop Desktop Notifications In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera


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Desktop notifications from websites in your browser can be useful, or an annoyance. Most browsers let you turn off notifications for an individual site, but what if that box popping up asking you if you want to receive notifications is something you never want to see again? Here's how to turn off desktop notifications in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

Remove Desktop Notifications in Firefox
Firefox has two ways to prevent desktop (push) notifications from being seen. The first option revokes permissions for all desktop notifications and the second completely disables desktop notifications.

Revoke Desktop Notification Permissions in Firefox:

  • Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options
  • Select Privacy & Security
  • Scroll down to the Permissions
  • Next to Notifications, select Settings
  • Select either the Remove Website or Remove All Websites if any are listed
  • Tick the box next to Block new requests asking to allow notifications
  • Select Save Changes

Completely Disable Desktop Notifications in Firefox:

  • In the address bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I accept the risk to continue to the about:config page.
  • Search for the dom.webnotifications.enabled preference.
  • Double-click on the search result to change the value from true to false.
  • Search for the dom.push.enabled preference.
  • Double-click on the search result to change the value from true to false.

Remove Desktop Notifications in Google Chrome:

  • Click or tap the menu in the upper right corner (three vertical dots known as “Customize and control Google Chrome”)
  • Go to Settings
  • Scroll down to Advanced and click on the arrow to expand the menu
  • Scroll to Privacy and Security
  • Select Content Settings
  • Scroll to Notifications and click to open
  • Move the slider from Ask before sending to Blocked

Remove Desktop Notifications in Opera

  • Click on the "O" menu in the upper left
  • Choose Settings
  • Choose Websites from the menu on the left
  • Scroll down to Notifications
  • Select the button next to Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications

That should prevent any more desktop notifications from appearing when you visit a website that has push notifications from displaying the ask permission box.

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"Revoke Desktop Notification Permissions in Firefox:
Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Options"
Instead of "options", in ffox, it's "preferences".

I'd like to know how to block the pop out notification on THIS site. It always links to the article/page I'm currently on. It's useless and just in the way.

Pop-outs and notifications (mentioned in this article), are different.

About pop-up on this site, when you arrive on the site and scroll down on the page , just close the pop-up, and it shouldn't pop-up again on other pages.

I KNOW that I can "just close the pop-up". That's not the point. At least put a link there that isn't to the page I'm already on. It's an irritation and just makes the site feel like it was sloppily slapped together.

Totally agree. In fact I was just about to post the same comment when I saw etim had got there before me. The pop-up serves no purpose except to cause exasperation.

I've known about the Chrome setting. Too bad it doesn't block all notifications.

This is fine as far as it goes. But I would love to find a way to block the extremely annoying and wholly unnecessary notifications that appear at the bottom left of the viewing window while streaming videos: "waiting for..." Is there a way to permanently remove these?

I don't have the bandwidth or the connection speed to stream videos so I'm not sure what you're talking about. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyone else know?

The popup I find most annoying is the one on this site that pops up and notifies me about the article I'm reading. It was not blocked by the steps in this article. I guess the popup is not what you mean by "notification"

These are the notices that pop up asking you if you want to receive notifications from a website, with options to allow, not allow, or never let the notification appear again for that site.
If you agree, the notifications usually appear as a pop up or other noticeable change in your browser, sometimes accompanied by a sound, usually when there's new content added to a page. For example, if you visit a website about weather forecasts, you might get a notice asking if you want to allow notifications. If you agree, you'll likely see notifications appear in your browser when a weather alert or breaking weather news is issued.
I'm not sure the kind of pop up you mention that notifies you of an article you're reading.

I find the "This site uses cookies...." pop-up equally annoying and ad blockers will generally not deal with that one. I had to go through my bookmarks individually (aprox 1200) and remove that website element manually.

Most sites have to have that warning in order to be in compliance with privacy laws. There's an add-on for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Pale Moon that blocks that element. 

I don't care about cookies 2.8.7

The SITE CONTACT FORM mentioned here does not work:

Other people are using the contact form without issue. Please make sure you do not have a browser add-on or security software settings interfering with this process. MC - Site Manager.

Ms. rhiannon,
are you using an outdated version of Firefox?
I have version 61.0.1. on Windows 10 Home.
You write "Click the Choose... button". I don't see a button like that and from here on the rest of your text for FF does not apply anymore to what I see and can do.
But thanks anyway, your article helped because I discovered a setting new to me.

Great info rhiannon.
Thank you!

You're quite welcome, I'm glad you found it useful. :)