Web technologies and websites are gradually evolving with a new set of problems that the vast majority of users face.
Content is no longer limited to text only. Websites that display videos, newsletters, a user’s email lists, track users with cookies, alert readers to new news, and more.
In the meantime, Google continues to add new measures to Chrome to make the web experience simple for the end-user.
Websites may want to send more content to the reader, but sometimes they send a lot and the end-user may be overwhelmed by the irrelevant forced content.
You may have seen websites asking for permission to send push notifications, automatically run videos below, pop-up cookies, notifications from other apps, and more.
Luckily, Google Chrome has added the necessary measures to block annoying pop-ups and ads. In this post, we will guide you on five best ways to block pop-ups in Google Chrome on Windows and Mac.
The best ways to block Google Chrome popups
When you install Google Chrome for the first time, you will be asked for permission to send notifications on Mac. If you mainly use Google Chrome for light, Reddit, and YouTube web browsing, I strongly recommend that you disable notifications from the beginning.
- You can touch “Do not allow” notifications from the beginning to disable Chrome notifications.
Disable pop-ups and redirects on Chrome
When I visit a website, do I see unnecessary help, support, or advertising pop-ups? You can disable the behavior from the browser settings. Google Chrome also allows you to disable redirects from one website to another.
Follow the steps below to disable pop-ups and redirects
- Open Google Chrome on your Mac or Windows.
- Tap the three-button menu at the top and go to Settings.
- Go to Privacy and security> Site settings.
- A Site Settings menu will open, scroll down to the Permissions> Popup, and redirects option.
- Disable the Pop-up and redirects option.
If you wish, you can allow specific sites to allow pop-ups and redirects.
Disable notifications from sites
You must have encountered a situation when a site asks you to send notifications in the future. If you accidentally hit the allow option, you will receive a notification on every post that the website loads and updates. It is definitely not an experience that a user is looking for when browsing the web.
You can respectfully deny permission to notify. You can disable this behavior from the Google Chrome Settings. Follow the steps below to disable site notification requests in the Google Chrome browser.
- Open Google Chrome and touch the three-dot menu at the top.
- Go to Privacy and security> Site settings> Notifications.
- From the side menu, disabling the Sites can ask to send the notification option.
From now on, the sites will not show the pop-up to send you notifications.
Use guest mode or add another account in the Google Chrome browser
I have been faced with this situation so many times. This solution is especially useful for families who use the single PC / Mac among members. I would like to reveal the scenario.
I share my Windows laptop with my brother. Use Google apps like Google Docs and Google Drive on Google Chrome for personal things. When I use Google Chrome on the same PC, I occasionally receive notifications from Docs and Google Drive of Doc’s comments or change authorization notifications. In such cases, it is not recommended to disable notifications from that service.
To avoid such notification pop-ups, you must use guest mode or add another account in the Google Chrome browser. You can touch the profile icon in the search bar and use Google Chrome as a Guest.
- If you are a regular user, select Add> Write account name, select the relevant image. A separate Google Chrome profile will open and ask you to log in using your Google Account credentials.
- Add a new profile in Chrome
- Now, you won’t receive notifications from other users’ Google apps on Chrome.
The best ways to block Google Chrome popups with an ad blocker
You can opt for an ad blocker to limit the appearance of these videos during your web reading experience.
The media rely on advertising revenue to keep the site active. While an ad blocker may improve your browsing experience, I highly recommend blocking only ads from sites that spam ads and videos on the web page.
You can access the Chrome Web Store and download any high-level ad blocker to block videos and pop-up advertisements.
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