Mac users have reported an issue of unwanted notifications from multiple applications, including Facebook. There is a possibility to configure macOS Sierra and High Sierra Notifications preferences to stop annoying pop-ups from showing up on the desktop.
Notifications System Preferences Settings
It is possible to control how specific applications show notifications, as well as specify whether or not you wish to get alerts from particular programs. For this, users need to tweak the macOS Notification Center settings. Follow these simple steps:
- In the Apple menu, go to System Preferences.
- Click Notifications to choose an app in the left pane.
- In the right pane, view or change the needed settings.
Other notification style settings:
- None – no alerts appear on the screen.
- Banners – alerts show up for some time and disappear.
- Alerts – notifications persist until the user quits them.
Mac users can choose how to view and react to the received notifications.
- To get details of a specific notification, click Show or the alert itself.
- To send a reply to an email/text message, click Reply.
- To save an AirDrop attachment to the desktop, just drag it from the notification. By default, AirDrop items save to the Downloads folder.
- To answer a call, click Accept or Decline. If you want to respond via the Messages application, click the disclosure triangle next to Decline ->select Reply with Messages.
- To reschedule the software updates, click Later, then pick the needed time.
- To make notifications reappear, click Snooze. The alert will pop up 15 minutes later. It is possible to reschedule when the alerts reappear.
There is a possibility to pause or stop getting notifications.
To switch off notifications for a specific app:
- Go to Notifications preferences->choose the app from the list in the left pane.
- Select None for the alert style in the right pane.
This setting will turn all the application notifications off for good.
To stop getting notifications in specific hours:
- Go to Notifications preferences.
- Choose ‘Do Not Disturb’ option in the left pane.
- Set options for a specific application.
Use ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to stop getting alerts during a specified time span. For instance, when your Mac’s display is in a sleeping mode. It is possible to set exceptions and get call notifications when Do Not Disturb is switched on.
Note: To make quick ‘Do Not Disturb’ settings, click the Notification Center icon in the menu bar.
Mac users can make settings to stop receiving push notifications in web browsers.
- In Safari browser, go to Preferences (Command-Comma keyboard shortcut).
- Access the Notifications tab to make the following settings:
– Disable/enable alerts from specific websites;
– Quit all notifications;
– Change system-wide Notification Preferences.
- In the list select a website to stop getting alerts.
- Click ‘Deny’ to disable.
- To delete a specific website from the list, click ‘Remove.’
- To purge the list, click ‘Remove All.’
- Click the burger menu button and select Options.
- Access the Privacy & Security panel, go to the Permissions section.
- Scroll down to locate Notifications and click the Settings button to the right.
- Choose the URL from the list and click Remove.
- Click Save Changes to confirm.
- In the new Google Chrome tab, type chrome://settings/content.
- In the pop-up with content settings, scroll down to
It is possible to:
– Allow/disable notifications from websites;
– Ask for permission to show notifications;
- To make settings for a specific website, click Manage Exceptions.
- Pick the URL from the list to allow, block or completely remove a website.
- Click Done to confirm.