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How to Disable Chrome Browser Notifications on Windows

Disable browser notifications in Chrome via GPO
Disable browser notifications in Chrome via GPO

Chrome notifications have become a ubiquitous part of the web browsing experience, with many websites sending notifications to keep users engaged and informed. However, while notifications can be a useful tool, they can also become distracting, invasive, and even harmful to our privacy. First, notifications can be incredibly distracting, constantly pulling us away from the task at hand and disrupting our focus. This can lead to decreased productivity, and even cause stress and anxiety. Second, some notifications may even be used to spread malware or phishing scams. Finally, having too many notifications enabled can slow down the browser, making it more difficult to use and navigate. In this guide, you will learn how to Disable Chrome Browser Notifications on Windows via GPO and Windows Registry.

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In light of these concerns, it may be a good idea to disable Chrome notifications. In this article, we will go through the steps to disable notifications in Chrome on Windows. By disabling chrome notifications, you can take back control of your browsing experience and enjoy a more productive, focused, and secure web browsing experience.

Steps on How to Disable Browser Notifications in Chrome

If your system is not managed via group policy, you can take advantage of this Chrome policy on-site notification to effectively disable all notifications on your browser by default, with the exception of those explicitly whitelisted.

How to Disable Browser Notification using via Registry

To disable site notifications on Chrome via the registry, follow the steps below.

Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu, search for regedit and click Run as administrator. Enter the User Account Control (UAC) details if prompted.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Open Registry Editor
Open Registry Editor

In the Registry, navigate to the following path:

 Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome.
Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Chrome registry path
Chrome registry path

Click the Chrome key, right-click on the empty space on the right side and select New > DWORD(32-bit) Value, and then name it as DefaultNotificationsSetting.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Create a DWORD 32 Value in the Chrome Key
Create a DWORD 32 Value in the Chrome Key

Double-click the DefaultNotificationsSetting, and enter 2 as the Value data. Click OK to apply your change.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Set the value data for the DWORD 32
Set the value data for the DWORD 32

Below are the Value data and their functions:

  • 1 = Allow sites to show desktop notifications
  • 2 = Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications
  • 3 = Ask every time a site wants to show desktop notifications

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Disable Browser Notification using Chrome Policy via GPO

For Group Policy, you can control the notification settings using the Chrome ADMX templates. The templates show you which registry keys you can use to customize Chrome and what values are allowed. Chrome determines how to operate based on the values specified in these registry settings.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Chrome ADMX templates
Chrome ADMX templates

You must copy the ADM and ADMX files to your PolicyDefinitions folder (c:\windows\policydefinitions). You simply need to transfer the two ADMX files and the language folder.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: ADMX files
ADMX files

Press the Windows key and R key to open Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.

Run utility
Run utility

Add the Chrome.adm template

Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates. Right-click Administrative Templates, and select Add/Remove Templates.

Disable browser notifications in Chrome: Click on Add/Remove Templates to add the ADMX templates
Click on Add/Remove Templates to add the ADMX templates

Add the chrome.adm template via the dialog.

Add the Chrome.adm template
Add the Chrome.adm template

Once it’s done, a Google/Google Chrome folder will show up under Administrative Templates. If you added the ADM template to Windows 10 or 11, it will show up under Classic Administrative Templates/Google/Google Chrome.

ADM template with Google Chrome folder
ADM template with Google Chrome folder

To modify the notifications policies, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Google > Google Chrome > Content Settings.

Click on Default notification setting
Click on Default notification setting

Double-click on Default notification settings on the right and set it to Enabled. Under the Options section, select “Do not allow any sites to show desktop notifications.

Disable notifications
Disable notifications

Allo Specific Sites via Group Policy

To allow some specific sites to show notifications, double-click on Allow notifications on these sites.

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Click on Allow notifications on these sites
Click on Allow notifications on these sites

Set it to Enabled. Under the Options section, click the show button and enter the URL of the sites you want to add.

Allow notification for specific sites
Allow notification for specific sites

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I hope you find this post helpful on how to Disable browser notifications in Chrome via GPO in Windows. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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Matt
Matt
4 months ago

You have the policy settings labeled as registry

Last edited 4 months ago by Matt
Christian
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

Thank you Matt for the feedback!

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