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Block website push notification requests on Safari, Chrome and Firefox

Regardless of whether you’re a Chrome, Safari, or Firefox fan, all web browsers are changing, all the time.

You may have noticed that when you visit certain websites, you encounter a popup asking whether that website can send you notifications. If you click ‘Allow’ then this website will gain the power to push notifications to your browser, typically when new content is published on that website.

These website push notifications can help keep you informed about the content that matters to you. However, if you’re not a fan of this new feature, then it can become frustrating to have to constantly tell websites that you don’t want to receive push notifications.

If you’re confident that you don’t want to receive push notifications from any website, then in this article I’m going to show you how to disable this feature across all the major web browsers. Follow the instructions in this article, and you’ll never encounter another push notification popup again!


To block the push notification prompt on Apple Safari:

  • Select ‘Safari > Preferences…’ from the Safari menu bar.
  • Select the ‘Websites’ tab.
  • In the left-hand menu, choose ‘Notifications.’
  • Deselect the ‘Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications’ checkbox.

Even with this option disabled, you’ll still receive notifications from any websites that you previously granted push notification privileges. While you have this menu open, you may want to review the list of websites that are permitted to send you push notifications. If you spot a website that you no longer want to receive notifications from, then select it and then click the ‘Remove’ button.

Google Chrome

To block these notifications on Google Chrome:

  • Click the little dotted icon in Chrome’s upper-right corner, and then select ‘Settings.’
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page, then select ‘Advanced.’
  • In the ‘Privacy and security’ section, select ‘Content settings.’
  • Click ‘Notifications.’
  • Push the ‘Ask before sending’ slider to the ‘Off’ position.

In this menu, you can also review a list of all the websites that currently have permission to send you push notifications. To remove a website’s push notification privileges, click its accompanying three-dotted icon and then select ‘Remove.’

Mozilla Firefox

If you’re a Firefox fan, then you can only toggle push notifications on and off for all websites. Even if you’ve previously granted push notification permission to a particular website, as soon as you disable push notifications you’ll no longer receive notifications from this website.

To ensure you never see any kind of push notification alert:

  • Enter ‘about:config’ into the Firebox address bar.
  • Read the warning, and if you’re happy to proceed then click ‘I accept the risk.’
  • Type ‘webnotifications’ into the search bar.
  • Find ‘dom.webnotifications.enabled.’ If its value is set to ‘true,’ then you’ll see a push notification popup every time you visit a website that supports this feature.
  • To disable push notifications, Control-click ‘dom.webnotifications.enabled,’ and then select ‘Toggle.’ This should turn the ‘true’ to ‘false.’

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I've been a passionate evangelist for Apple and the Macintosh throughout my working life, my first love was a Quadra 605 working with a small creative agency in the south of Norfolk UK in the mid 1990's, I later progressed to other roles in other Macintosh dominated industries, first as a Senior graphic designer at a small printing company and then a production manager at Guardian Media Group. As the publishing and printing sector wained I moved into Internet Marketing and in 2006 co-founded which grew to become one the top 200 visited sites in the US (according to Quantcast), at its peak receiving over 15 million visits per month. For the last ten years I have worked as an Affiliate and Consultant to many different business and start ups, my key skill set being online marketing, on page monetisation, landing page optimisation and traffic generation, if you would like to hire me or discuss your current project please reach out to me here.

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