If this constant buzz from website push notifications overwhelms you, or you didn’t even want these updates in the first place — this guide is for you! We’ll methodically go through the UX of blocking push sending on your desktop to make sure you’re tuned and receive only what you want.
Since the very first push notifications sent to the BlackBerry smartphones (let’s give Research In Motion some credit for that), these instant updates became a part of our lives. Starting with mobile apps, a few years ago they came to the web, and today every second tech or design blog (not to mention eCommerce websites) ask you to allow push notifications via browser to stay in touch.
And the way it works renders accident subscriptions all the time! It’s almost a kung-fu master skill to click block instead of allowing on the pop-up requesting to permit notification!
Naturally, some people want to get their updates instantly, right when the content goes live — I receive notifications from a dozen web resources because I’m in it and it’s a part of the job. But what if this constant buzz overwhelms you? Or you didn’t even want these notifications in the first place. Then this guide is for you! We’ll methodically go through the UX of blocking push sending on your desktop and even mobile browsers to make sure you’re tuned and receive only what you want.
The main problem when you’re subscribed accidentally, you don’t even know where to set or turn off these notifications from websites. It’s not a part of your OS, so you should go to your browser settings.
If you’re on Chrome (which is quite probably, since Chrome’s share is about 60% give or take):
Here is how you allow or block notifications from all sites:
- Choose Chrome > Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows) *
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Under Privacy and security, click Content settings.
- Click Notifications.
- Choose to block or allow notifications:
- Block all: Turn off Ask before sending.
- Block a site: Next to “Block,” click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
- Allow a site: Next to “Allow,” click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
* — The path may vary depending on your operating system, but the idea is the same, get to the browser settings
When you have it done in one browser, you’re ready to face any other settings page. Here’s how it goes in Safari:
- Choose Safari > Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows).
- Сlick Websites.
- Then click Notifications.
- Find the website on the list, and select Deny.
It’s just as easy for Firefox:
- Choose Firefox > Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows).
- Select the Privacy & Security panel and go down to the Permissions section.
- Click the Settings button next to Notifications.
- Select the website.
- Select Block option or hit Remove website.
- Click More button in the top-right corner of the window and pick Settings.
- Choose Advanced settings.
- Find Website Permissions setting and click Manage button beneath it.
- Now, just turn off unwanted notifications from the websites you don’t want to hear from.
- Choose Preferences (Mac)/ Settings (Windows).
- Open Websites tab and scroll to the Notifications section.
- Click on the Manage Exceptions button to see the websites whose notification are already Allowed or Denied.
- Select an unwanted source and select Block (or click the X) next to Allow (or click the X to remove it from the list completely).
- Finish by hitting Done.
Feels Better, Right?
I hope this little how-to article was useful to you, and you managed to set website notifications in your browser exactly how you want them. Or disable them permanently. Whatever keeps you happy and focused! And hey, feel free to let me know your thoughts on the whole thing with browser push notifications, and managing them for better productivity.