Stupid Simple Mac Tips #100 – Safari is Way Better Without Notifications, So Turn Them Off

by | Sep 5, 2022

This is the second in our series of Safari-focused Simple Stupid Mac Tips to help you get the most from your Mac-supplied browser.

Except, in this installment, I want to help you get less from it. More precisely, less annoyance.

I’m talking about the annoyance you feel when, on some websites you frequent, your Mac displays website notifications. You will see these notifications slide out from the top-right corner like other OS X notifications. They will usually inform you when a website has posted a new article or breaking news. Usually, they disappear within a few seconds, but on busy days, you might get one after another.

You needn’t suffer these interruptions any longer. Here’s how to turn them off, and, if desired, on again. It’s very simple and can be accomplished in just a few key presses.

Just turn off notification popups. This first option will turn them off for ALL websites.

Here’s how.

1. Open Safari.

2. On the menu bar, find “Preferences.”

3. Select the “Websites” tab.

4. Click “Notifications” (it’s on the left).

5. Find the option that says: “Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications.”

6. Uncheck that option.

Tips for Safari on Way Better Without Notification

Do these six steps one time, and from then on, you’ll see no more notifications from any of the websites and blogs you visit.

However, if you’d like to turn off notifications from only select websites and blogs but not others, here’s what to do:

1. Go to your website list.

2. Click the dropdown box to the right of the listed site from which you want no more notifications.

3. Click “Deny.”

Turn Off Popups

Later, if you think to yourself, “Gee, I really miss having those popups disrupt my reading,” you can always go back and unclick the “Deny” option.

The point is that Safari is a great tool that can be easily aligned to your preferences for efficient and happy internet browsing.