Learn how disable push messages in your browser.

As news providers, we appreciate push notifications at MacSources. We feel like it’s a good method to make sure our audiences receive the most up-to-date information as it’s released. Apple made this just a bit easier for us when they incorporated push notification subscriptions into Safari that offer updates like news sites. Google followed this trend not too long after with Chrome. As a result, when users visit a website, you will see a pop-up prompt in the middle of the screen that looks like this.

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If you click ‘Allow’, you will begin to receive push notifications when articles are published to that site. In the past few weeks, we have received a lot of questions from people asking us about how to disable this. See, some people just click ‘yes’ blindly not knowing what they are agreeing to and then they start receiving these notifications. Even though we see these notifications as useful, we understand that it might become an annoyance to some, so we have create this How-To for disabling the pop-ups.

Safari

  1. Open Safari and click on the Safari menu.
  2. Select Preferences. How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 4
  3. Then, click on the Notifications tab. From here, you can pick what sites you want to allow notifications for and which ones you want to turn off.How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 5

Google Chrome – Mac

  1. Click on the Bell icon in your menu bar.How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 5
  2. Then, click the gear icon. From here, you can uncheck any sites you don’t wish to receive notifications from. How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 6

Google Chrome – PC

  1. Click on the menu icon in the top right hand corner.
  2. Select Settings.How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 7
  3. Click on Advanced Settings at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Scroll down until you see Privacy and click on Content Settings.How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 8
  5. Scroll down until you see Notifications. Here you are given the option to allow all sites, ask when a site wants to show notifications, or do not allow any notifications from any sites. Select your preference.How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 9
  6. To turn off any notifications that have already been allowed, click on the Manage Exceptions button. You should see an ‘X’ next to the items in the list. To turn off the notification, simply click on the ‘X’ to delete it. How-To: Manage Web Browser Notifications 10

It’s very much like an RSS feed for sites. Apple and Google both started this as a convenience, but didn’t think about the annoyance of having too many notifications set. And, when a site posts many times per day, well, it can get overwhelming. If you found this How-To helpful let us know in the comments below.