How to Disable Push Notification Requests in Safari for Mac OS X
Push Notifications sent to Safari in Mac OS X are generally thought of as really great or really annoying, depending on user opinion. If you’re in the latter crowd that finds Safari Push Notifications to be a nuisance, you can now set Safari in Mac OS X to never allow websites to ask for permission to send your Mac Push Notification alerts, effectively disabling the nagging feature that pops up a request on some websites. If you’re unfamiliar with what these Safari requests look like, here’s an example push alert request from NYTimes that pops up when visiting the home page:
Effectively, this walkthrough will stop alerts like that from showing up anywhere in Safari. Do note this is different from stopping notifications from websites that you’ve already accepted, in that it doesn’t turn off the notification feature, it simply turns off new permissions requests when visiting sites that want to push alerts to you. If you like the push notification feature of Safari, you should leave this enabled so that you can continue to receive new alerts from new websites.
How to Prevent All Websites from Asking to Send a Mac Push Notifications in Safari
- Open Safari and pull down the “Safari” menu and choose “Preferences”
- Click on the “Notifications” tab
- Uncheck the box at the bottom of this screen for “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications” to disable the popup requests in Safari
- OPTIONAL: Selectively choose “Deny” for websites in the push list that you no longer want to receive alerts for in Mac OS X
Don’t see the checkbox for opting out of push permission requests? You probably need to update Safari to a newer version. Currently, in order to have this universal push opt-out / ignore option available to you, users must have at least Safari 7.0.3 installed or newer, which arrived along with OS X Security Update 2014-002 1.0. If you haven’t installed that update yet, you should do so not only to receive this new feature option for Safari, but also to gain additional security fixes for your Mac. In other words, all modern versions of Safari and Mac OS offer the ability to disable all push notification requests.
Again, this is different from disabling Notifications from websites. In fact, you can keep the requests disabled while still allowing pushes to come through for existing websites that have been allowed, though new sites that either use or implement the feature will no longer be able to ask to send them to you. Thus a better option for many is to simply disable the feature for sites they don’t want the alerts coming in from, or to simply temporarily turn off the Mac Notification Center if you’re trying to focus and limit the incoming alert popups.