07 January 2020
Google Chrome has now released the quieter notifications permissions UI on the web as well as on Mobile to keep you maintain the workflow. While these notifications are helpful in allowing you to receive important updates even when you’re not interacting with a website, their too much indulgence could be annoying.
These notifications start bothering more when they come from the websites we visit for the first time. Google admits that this is a common complaint as the websites fail to offer contextual relevant notifications. So, such “unsolicited” permission requests need to be taken care of and should be blocked completely.
Starting Chrome 80, “under certain conditions,” the quieter notification permission UI will reduce the interruptiveness of notifications permission requests. Users will be able to opt-on to the new UI manually using Settings. Together with this manual help, Google has also rolled out an automatic way which is also great as it takes care of blocking the unwanted notification permissions on its own.
Google mentions the quieter UI will be automatically enabled for users under two conditions – first for the users who typically block notification permission requests and second, on sites with very low opt-in rates, which means if you are visiting a website for the first time with a notification prompt that others typically deny then you will no longer see the prompt either.
Google says this automated enrollment will be enabled gradually after the Chrome 80 release. Google also promised that it will plan to enable additional enforcement against abusive websites using web notifications for ads or malware.
Note that back in August 2019, Google Chrome enabled a flag in the Chrome settings that allowed the users to manually block the permission notifications of the website. It was not available to everyone but ready to make its way to highly unstable Canary build. And, fast forward to now, the feature has now been rolled for everyone with even better functionality accompanied by the automatic block.
Users can enroll for quieter prompts manually, or disable it completely. To enroll, the toggle ‘Sites can ask to send notifications’ must be enabled in Settings > Site Settings > Notifications, then the checkbox ‘Use quieter messaging’ must be checked.
For the best experience, Google recommends the developers to read about the best practices when requesting notifications.