How To Enable And Disable Web Notifications On Mac OS?

Although, Web notifications or push notifications are useful feature. As it allows the websites and apps to notify users about the latest websites. And I am sure many of us find this feature helpful, as it saves time, to manually open your favorite websites and get the updates or notifications about.

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The Web Notification

The Web notifications mostly appear in the form of pop-ups on your desktop screen, when you are not active on those websites or apps. Besides appearing on the top-right corner of your screen, it will also be in your “Notification Center” of Mac OS X, till you don’t open and read them.

When you click on the particular notification, your default browser redirects you to the website. Nowadays, most of the websites use web notification features, to keep their visitors connected.

How Compromised Sites uses Web Notification Service To display malicious ads?

However, this can be annoying at times too. Particularly when you accidentally click on the “Allow” button on the page you didn’t wish too. It is worthy to make you aware that there are plenty of ad-driven sites that tricks users into enabling the push notification service. After which, it starts to bombard with pop-up ads, banners and useless recommendations that interferes with your activity. These are mostly triggered by scam sites managed by cyber-criminals to conduct various types of scams, frauds and more.

Not only that, they even can put risk to fake clicks, worthless downloads and even malware intrusive.
So, in such cases, you may receive unwanted notifications from unknown sources or which you do not actually need. No wonder, this can also be a sign of Mac infected with adware/potentially unwanted program.

Thus, users may wish to stop or at least manage the web notifications for the websites. And thankfully, you can easily enable and disable the web notifications service using the methods discussed below. Also, you should get rid of the all potentially unwanted program which might be running in the background that mostly triggers the unwanted pop-up ads.

This article will thoroughly help to manage your web notifications on your Mac OS.

Enable and Disable Web Notifications via Web Browsers


Follow the steps carefully, to enable and disable the web notifications (Push notification) for websites:

  • Launch your safari browser by clicking on the “Safari Icon” from your Dock;
  • Now, click on the menu of the Safari that appears on top of the screen.
  • Then, select “Preferences”.
  • In the Preferences window, select the “Websites” tab. From the left sidebar, click on the “Notifications”.
    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Safari Browser

    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Safari Browser

  • Here, you will find the list of websites that are allowed to send push notifications. Each of the websites have a drop-down menu with options “deny”, “allow”. So, you can go through the list to specify your Safari to either send notifications from that particular site or not.
  • If you find the website completely unknown to you, then it is better to simply click on the “Remove” button that is at the bottom.
  • Additionally, you can check or un-check the option that says ‘Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications‘. If you completely don’t want the websites to ask for the permission then you need to remove the check-mark. Read How to Reset Safari Browser

Google Chrome

Similarly, for Chrome browser, you can too manage the push notifications. And enable/ disable the notifications you no longer need.

To manage the web notifications on the Google Chrome Browser, follow these steps:

  • Launch your Chrome browser. Now head to the main menu by clicking on the three-dots appearing on the top-right corner .
  • Next, select “Settings” from the menu that appears. On the settings window, scroll down to the bottom and click on “Advanced”.
  • Then, under the “Privacy & Security” settings, click on “Content/site Settings”. Or type the URL on the address bar “chrome://settings/content/notifications
    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Google Chrome Browser

    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Google Chrome Browser

  • This will open all the list of websites active on the browser with the drop-down menu to choose “edit”, “remove” and “allow”.
  • You can now manage the websites that show you push notifications.

Mozilla Firefox

Like Safari & Chrome, the Mozilla Firefox browser too allows users to manage their web notification permissions.

To access the settings:

  • Click on the three-horizontal lines on the top-right corner.
  • Then select preferences/options from the menu. Or type the URL “about:preferences#privacy”.
  • Now, under the “Privacy & Security” menu, Scroll down to find the “Permissions” section.
  • Click on the “Settings” button next to the Notifications;
    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Mozilla Firefox Browser

    Enable and Disable Web Notifications Mozilla Firefox Browser

  • This will list the websites you have allowed to show push notifications. You will see an option as ‘Block new requests asking to allow notifications‘. By clicking on this option you can now disable the request from the websites that ask for notification service.
  • Click on “Save Changes

Enable and Disable Web Notifications via Notification center of the Mac OS

As mentioned above, the push notifications appear on the screen, and when we do not open them they stay in the “Notification Center” of the Mac OS.

The Notification center utility of the Mac OS allows you to manage the notifications from various applications along with web browsers. Also, it offers various options that help to easily enable/disable notifications from the apps and web browsers.

To do so: 

  • From the Apple menu, choose “System Preferences
  • Click on the “Notifications” panel;
  • Now, from the side menu appearing, click on the apps or web browsers, and in the center, choose/adjust the notification.
  • Click on the Safari and under the “alert style”, you can select “None” to disable the notification;
    Enable and Disable Web Notifications via Notification center of the Mac OS

    Enable and Disable Web Notifications via Notification center of the Mac OS

  • Also, you can uncheck the options “Show notifications on lock screen” and “Show in Notification Center”.
  • These settings will help you to disable the push notifications.
  • Similarly, you can do this for apps you don’t want to receive notifications.

After all these steps, it is very important to remove the potentially unwanted apps or websites that are triggering the annoying pop-ups. This step will clean your Mac and system, so as to permanently remove all traces of harmful programs.

Clean Your Mac with Combo cleaner

As mentioned above, unsafe or deceptive websites use web notification services to deliver pop-up ads. Any clicks made to them or frequent appearance may be a sign of infection. Thus, to ensure complete stop of the annoying web notification you should scan your system to clean all traces of websites. If you don’t known if your Mac is infected with virus, then you must read: how to know if your Mac is infected.

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