Notifications in Google Chrome are basically dead … at least the ones the browser generates itself. Some time ago, the company tried to link its notifications to the user’s operating system notification center. Depending on how you set this up (or not), this can be more annoying. Fortunately, there is a way to get around this nonsense!
What kind of nonsense am I talking about? Well, we can only confirm the use of Windows, but primarily these are the tedious jingles. Second, each notification will show up individually, which is great when you have a whole stack of them in a row. And then there’s this crazy hitbox where the notification takes up more space than it seems (see image above).
What Microsoft should really be doing is fixing these issues. Until then, however, you can toggle those notifications back to Chrome by opening a window and typing chrome: // flags in the address bar. You can do the same optimization for your Chromium-based browser by replacing “chrome” in chrome: // flags with the name of your alternative.
Professionals just go straight to it chrome: // flags / # enable-native-notifications
The specific flag you want to look for in the extensive list is “Enable native notifications” to turn it off.
That’s all! Chrome is now responsible for delivering notifications from your most important and popular websites again.
There are some doubts about the longevity of this workaround after the flag was turned off for the M85 version of Chrome, but it was brought back in M86 and should be there at least M90.