When you are working on your computer with focus, a push notification can distract your calm and focused mind. There is no doubt push notifications are a great utility; that’s why they are present in all the operating systems; whether it’s the macOS, Windows, or Android, you will find push notifications being turned on by default. If you don’t know what a push notification is, let us take an example; when you order something online from Amazon.com, you get notifications when your order is confirmed, shipped, out for delivery, and delivered from the Amazon app itself. This is what you call a push notification.
Well, in case you are annoyed by them and can’t focus on your work because of them, it’s time to turn them off and resume your work with no disturbance. Today we are going to show you all the methods which you can use to turn off the push notifications on your computer, laptop, and smartphone.
What are Push Notifications?
Technically speaking, a push notification is a clickable pop-up that will appear on a user’s browser irrespective of the device he/she is using to open the website or app. The main objective of push notification is to provide a quick communication channel enabling companies to convey messages to the users about the offers and special deals they are offering. The user need not open the app or browser to get these notifications, these push notifications pop up as and when the offers or deals are announced by the company.
History of Push Notifications
The very first push notification was introduced by Apple to its iOS devices in 2009. Later on, Google too introduced it on its Android devices. Today, it has become the most popular digital marketing channel for companies to generate lots of inbound traffic and see an increase in sales figures. In the past few years, we have seen more significant momentum in the deployment of push notifications. But still, there is a lot to be discovered as far as its strategic implementation is concerned. Talented web marketers are exploring new uses for push notifications.
How Do Push Notifications Work?
In order to understand the working of push notifications, you first need to know about these terminologies.
Client App: The app which is used to receive the notification on the user’s device.
App Server: To send the push notification to the application user, you first need to make the user install the application on their device from your app server. The app server will be sending the message to the GCM, which will transmit the same message to the specific client’s application.
When it comes to setting the application server for sending the push campaign, the things you have to take care of are segmentation, triggered messaging, workflow set-up, etc. It would drain all your tech resources if you think about making them from scratch. But the app servers can be bought online, and their services can be used as per your requirements.
How Push Notifications Differ from SMS & Emails?
A push notification is a bit different from the traditional method of sending SMS messages to clients. The probability of a user opening up the message which is sent via SMS is pretty low if many messages are being bombarded to the client. One of the significant drawbacks of using SMS is the lack of customization. On the other hand, with email, there is no guarantee that a recipient would open and read it instantly. Thus, the primary purpose of sending the prompt notification will not be fulfilled. Some of the other differences are explained below:
When it comes to receiving a receipt for SMS communication, a recipient needs to send a specific phrase to a number. When the user sends the particular phrase, it means he/she has officially opted to use the service which the company is providing. This particular method is known as text marketing campaigns and promotions. It is an excellent tool for mass texting when you are trying to build a high-value text marketing list.
On the other hand, to receive push notifications, a recipient only needs to download the application and allow push notifications to be seen.
If you send a text message to a user, it will arrive in their inbox. A recipient doesn’t have to download a specific application to receive it. Moreover, the recipients are free to view the message whenever they want.
Whereas a push notification is delivered to the recipient’s desktop or mobile devices, no matter if the application is being opened by the user or not. Sometimes push notifications can come in huge numbers. As a result, the communication might be missed or ignored by the recipient.
When a user receives a message, they can even see it from their lock screen. A recent study proves that most of the messages received by customers are seen within a few minutes of sending (source).
On the contrary, when you are sending a message to a customer via push notification, that communication might not be seen immediately by the receiver, or it could also be missed due to the high number of push notifications.
User Gets to Decide
One of the best things about push notifications is that the users have the flexibility to turn them off if they do not want to receive them on their devices. Thus, it will be a good business practice to ensure that the right amount of push notifications are sent to your potential clients to retain them.
Around 50% of the application users right now find push notifications to be annoying, but some of the users still find them helpful as they can see the latest updates on their topics of interest (source). Likewise, around 20% of the total user population has said push notifications helped them in enhancing their productivity.
Thus, push notifications are valuable if sent in small numbers, so that the users don’t get annoyed or find them to be distracting. Therefore, if you are running an online business or own an application, you have to opt for push notifications sooner or later.
Steps to Turn Off the Push Notifications
So now you know all about push notifications, how they work, and how they can be helpful to you. Now let’s move to the main quest of this article which is to know about the different methods to turn off push notifications.
Turning Off Push Notifications on Windows PC
On Windows PC, notifications are received through the browsers that are used for Internet surfing. Also, many malware can add advertisements to your Windows PC. Therefore, it is always recommended to take a backup of your important data so that you don’t lose it in case of any eventuality. It is also recommended to use any trusted anti-malware on your Windows PC to protect your data.
Steps to turn off Push Notifications on Google Chrome:
- Click on the three dots button on the top right corner of the address bar.
- From the displayed list of options, click on the Settings option, and then scroll to the bottom of the settings.
- At the bottom, you will find Show Advanced Settings. Click on it.
- Under the Privacy section, you need to click on Content Settings.
- Scroll to the Notifications section, and then click on the option which says Manage Exceptions.
- This will open up all the websites which are trying to send you push notifications.
- From here you can select which ones to deny and which ones to keep.
Note: Google Chrome is compatible with Mac and Linux operating systems, so this method is applicable on those devices also that are running these operating systems.
Disabling Push Notifications on Firefox
- Open the Firefox browser and locate the three-line icon, which is located on the right side of the address bar where you type in the domain address or website.
- Now click on the three-line, and go to the Preferences option.
- From the Preferences section, open Content.
- A small sub-menu will open, which will have the option to Choose.
- Once you click on the Choose option, all the websites that are sending you push notifications from the Firefox browser are displayed.
- Now all you have to do is remove those websites which you don’t need by clicking on Remove site, and you are done.
Note: The same method works for all the other operating systems as well, and you can easily follow it to remove push notifications from Firefox.
Disabling Notifications on Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge and look for the three dots which open up the menu. This three-dot icon is located on the right of the address bar.
- Click on the three dots, to open up Settings of Microsoft Edge.
- Now find the Advanced Settings option and click on it.
- Go to Manage. This will display a list of all the websites that are sending you push notifications.
- Now, you need to select the sites that can send you push notifications and remove other sites.
Note: You rarely use Microsoft Edge on an operating system other than Windows, but in case you prefer it on your Linux or macOS-powered system, you can use the same method to remove undesired push notifications.
Disabling Notifications from Safari on Mac PC
Safari is only available for Mac users, so if you are using Windows or Linux machines, you can skip this one.
- Find the Menu bar located in Safari.
- Once the Menu Bar opens, you need to find Preferences under the settings.
- Open up Preferences, and then click on Notifications.
- By clicking on Notifications, you will get a list of all the websites that are using Safari to send you push notifications.
- You can deny the websites which you think are no longer needed and keep the helpful ones.
Disabling Push Notifications from Opera
- Open up Preferences from the Opera’s setting option.
- After that, click on the Websites, and it will take you to the Notifications.
- Find the button which has the label Manage Exceptions.
- Click on Behavior, and a list of all the websites which are sending you notifications via Opera will be displayed. Here you can click on the Block button to turn off the incoming notifications from those websites.
Turning Off Push Notifications on Android & iOS-Based Devices
Smartphones are like mini-computers in your pocket. Thus, you will get push notifications from browsers installed on your smartphones as well. However, it’s not only the browser installed on your smartphone that sends you push notifications, but the installed apps can also do the same. The browsers that we have discussed above in this article will require the same steps to remove the push notifications on both Android and iOS devices.
Besides this, to remove push notifications sent by applications on your Android & iOS device, you need to follow these steps.
- Go to the Settings of your smartphone.
- Now, go all the way to the bottom, or if you have a search bar, type Apps on it.
- Once you locate the Apps in Settings, open it up.
- A list of all the apps installed on your smartphone will be displayed.
- Choose the app from which you want to remove the notifications and click on it.
- You will see many settings and options for that particular app.
- Here you need to click on Notifications and Turn Off the Allow Notifications option.
You need to follow the same method for each application installed on your smartphone.
These were some of the methods that will surely help you to get rid of push notifications from your device. However, before following these steps, you need to weigh the benefits and the usefulness of the notifications. If you are using Amazon’s mobile app quite often, then by turning off its push notification you will miss important notifications related to your purchased product(s) shipment and delivery.
This was just an example, but if you feel the need to stop the notification, then follow the above-discussed methods to save your time and keep yourself focused.
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