Block browser notification requests

Using the internet in 2024 is mostly horrible. Even after you've set up a content blocker, you may still find you're annoyed by some intrusive website practices.

You arrive on a website for the first time, having searched something normal like "How to drill holes in your keys". The page loads, but before you've had time to read a single sentence you've been asked to allow notifications — interrupting your precious flow, preventing you from practically bettering your life.

Well, there's an easy fix. You can block pesky browser notification requests. Here's how:

How to block notification requests on Firefox

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Select Privacy & Security from the sidebar
  3. Scroll down to Permissions
  4. Locate Notifications and click the Settings… button. This will open a modal.
  5. Tick the checkbox labeled Block new requests asking to allow notifications. That's it.

In the same modal you can remove permission from sites that already have permission — or allow any sites that you'd like to give permission to.

How to block notification requests on Safari

  1. Open the Safari dropdown from the menu bar and click Settings…. A modal window will open.
  2. From the menu at the top of the modal select the Websites tab
  3. In the sidebar select Notifications
  4. Un-tick the checkbox labeled Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications

How to block notification requests on Google Chrome or Brave

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Select the Privacy and security tab
  3. Click Site settings
  4. Find the Permissions heading and select Notifications
  5. Under the Default behaviour heading select Don't allow sites to send notifications