Managing app and website notifications on your Chromebook

The way you manage notifications on your Chromebook has changed compared to how it was done a couple of years ago. Notifications can be really useful, but they can also be frustrating if you don’t know how to manage them.

In this article, I’ll show you how to manage both app and website notifications on your Chromebook. Notifications from apps are usually set by default when you install the app, but you may want to change the default setting.

Turn off notifications with Do Not Disturb

Many of us now work from home and this means we make plenty of video calls. The last thing you want when you’re busy on a video call is a notification from Facebook or a game you like to play when you have a few spare minutes.

The easiest way to do this is to turn off all notifications using the Do Not Disturb option. This is found in the settings menu, which you can reach by clicking where the time is shown at the bottom right of your ChromeOS desktop.

Do Not Disturb button on ChromeOS
Do Not Disturb option from your ChromeOS Settings menu

When you turn on Do Not Disturb the icon will turn blue, so you know it has been activated. This will stop all notifications on your Chromebook and is the easiest and quickest way to stop notifications. You just need to remember to turn it off afterward if you want to start receiving notifications again.

App Notification settings

All the apps you install on your Chromebook have the ability to push through notifications. Some of these may be useful and others may start to get frustrating. The good news is you can easily change the notification settings for these apps.

To do this simply go to your main settings menu and under apps you’ll see notifications, as highlighted in the image below.

Notifications for apps in your Chromebook settings

You will then see a list of all the apps you have installed on your ChromeOS computer, and next to these a switch. If the switch is turned on, you’ll receive notifications. You can simply scroll through all of your apps and decide, which apps you’re happy to send you notifications. It should look similar to the image below.

Website notifications can be frustrating

If we go back just a couple of years most websites did not ask if they could send you notifications. It was usually larger well known social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Since then many more websites and blogs present you with a pop-up dialogue box asking if it’s ok to send notifications.

There isn’t anything wrong with this, however, I personally would not want to receive notifications from many of the websites I visit. This is mainly because you would be bombarded with too many notifications.

We are so used to seeing a pop-up dialogue box when visiting websites, which used to be in relation to cookie settings. These are required by law for most websites, so I’m sure you’ve seen these when visiting sites for the first time. The issue is it can be easy to assume a notification pop-up is in fact a cookie pop-up, and it’s really easy to say yes to these, and before you know it you’ll be getting notifications from many different websites. The good news is you can manage these notifications.

How to manage website notifications

You have a few more options when dealing with website notifications. It’s much easier to show you how to manage these visually. Therefore, I’ve created a video below, which will go through all of the options you have to manage both app and website notifications on your Chromebook.

Notifications are a great way for apps and websites to keep you informed. They can be frustrating if you don’t manage them. By following this article or watching the video above, you’ll be ensuring you’re in complete control of what notifications you do and do not want to receive on your Chromebook.