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Web browsers ignore annoying notification windows

Web browsers ignore annoying notification windows

«This website wants to show notifications!» It’s been an annoying part of the web for years. Many websites have abused a well-intentioned feature to annoy users, and now browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have been removed.

Why did the browser make them so annoying?

Old Google Chrome notification message

Notification capabilities were just one part of transforming the web into a better application platform. Web applications should be able to send you notifications of new messages and emails if you wish. And these notifications should come even if you have your site closed. What about the options?

Well, web browsers presented these notification requests in a rather annoying way. When you visit a website, even if it’s the only time you read an article, a message can be hard to ignore. More and more websites are starting to add notification requests. For example, a news site might send new articles to its subscribers through web browser notifications.

The problem is not the notification option itself. It is how aggressive the request for notification is. Web browsers should have come across these pop-up windows years ago.

Mozilla Firefox was the first to take action

A quieter notification request in Firefox

Mozilla was the first browser developer to remake these boring notifications. The change took place in Firefox 72, released on January 7, 2020.

Now, instead of a large request message that appears as soon as you visit a website, you’ll see a small balloon in the address bar to the left of the web page address. It will move a little as the web page loads.

You can still enable notifications for a website by clicking the balloon and then clicking «Allow notifications.» If you don’t want the bubble to move, you can click «Never allow» or go to Firefox and turn off notification requests completely.

However, you will not see pop-ups as soon as you open a webpage. Say Mozilla which «found during testing that approximately 99% of notifications are not accepted and 48% are rejected by the user.»

Google Chrome 80 also reduces annoying messages

Notifications blocked by default in Chrome

Google is following suit in Google Chrome 80, which was released on February 4, 2020. This change won’t be activated immediately for everyone, but Google says it intends to automatically enable it for people who repeatedly refuse notifications to websites. . where very few people accept notifications.

To activate manually, you can change «Use calmer messages» flag. To access this, log in chrome: // flags / # quiet-notification-prompts in the Chrome address bar and press Enter.

The quietest Google Chrome 80 notification prompt

Once you’ve done that, you can access your Chrome notification settings: Click menu> Settings> Advanced> Site settings> Notifications, and turn on ‘Use quieter messages (block notifications from interrupting you’).

Turn on the quieter Google Chrome messaging option for notifications in Settings.

When this feature is turned on in Chrome, you’ll see a bell-shaped notification icon on the right side of the Chrome All-In-One Box, also known as the address bar. Hover your mouse over it and you’ll see the message «Normally block notifications. To be notified by this site, click here. «

As in Firefox, you can enable notifications if you want. Websites simply can’t annoy you repeatedly with notification pop-ups that interrupt your web browsing.

What about Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge?

The new version of Microsoft Edge is now based on the Chromium code that powers Google Chrome. In other words, expect Microsoft Edge to limit web notifications just like Google Chrome.

Apple has not yet announced plans to silence these annoying notification requests in the Safari web browser. However, you can still disable notification messages in Safari settings. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple did the same thing and also made these notification requests less annoying.

Upgrade Apple changed Safari notifications in 2019, although it did not make them «quieter» as Firefox and Chrome did. Websites cannot display push notification requests when a webpage is loaded. It should request notification permissions in response to the user interaction on the page.