When Apple wanted to bring their Notification Center to Mac OS X, I loved the idea. But after using it since its integration in Mountain Lion, it’s been more annoying and distracting than anything. More and more apps incorporate notifications, so I’m constantly getting sound alerts and banners in the top right corner that I don’t want.
To solve the constant barrage of alerts, Do Not Disturb mode can be turned on right from the Notification Center, but it only lasts a day. The Notification Center can also be completely obliterated with a Terminal command, but that’s probably overkill if you still like the Notification Center itself.
To tame the amount of banners, sounds, and alerts you receive, you can go into the Notification Center’s settings and change them one-by-one, app-by-app. But if all you’re looking for is to silence notifications and keep all popups from appearing indefinitely, while still being able to use the Notification Center when you need it, use the following trick to turn on an “eternal” Do Not Disturb mode.
Step 1: Go to System Preferences
Go to the Apple icon in the menu bar, and select System Preferences. Of course, if you prefer, you can use other methods to get to System Preferences such as Spotlight, Launchpad, your Dock, or the Applications folder.
Step 2: Get to the Do Not Disturb Settings
Inside System Preferences, go to the Notifications preference.
Then, select the Do Not Disturb option from the left sidebar.
Step 3: Say Hello to Sleeping Beauty
Under Turn on Do Not Disturb select the From button. Then in the time fields, choose whatever time you want, as long as the first time is one minute ahead of the second time box.
In the example above, I put from 10:01 AM to 10:00 AM. This format is critical in ensuring this trick works. Configured as such, your Notification Center should now be on a perpetual Do Not Disturb mode.
Close out of System Preferences and enjoy the silence.
How to Disable Eternal Do Not Disturb Mode
Of course, if you want to rollback to normal Notification Center behavior, then simply toggle off Do Not Disturb or go back into the settings and change the times to be something else less constricting.
As you see, this trick ensures Do Not Disturb runs almost forever. It ends at 10:00 AM, and starts back up at 10:01 AM. So, there is technically about 59 seconds every day that a in-your-face notification might slip through, but if you change to a time when you’re always sleeping, it shouldn’t be an issue.
The best part about this trick, as declared earlier, is that you still have complete usage possible of the Notification Center!
Now, you can enjoy all the benefits that Notification Center offers without any of the nagging. Enjoy.
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Notifications can be a great way of reminding yourself of tasks you need to complete, or appointments you need to get to. They can also be useful for, say, telling you when an update to an app you use is available. However, they are now used by so many apps and websites for purposes that have little benefit to us, the user, that they are often more of an inconvenience than anything else. Fortunately, the are easy to manage and even disable completely. Here’s how to turn-off annoying Mac notifications.
6 ways to turn off notifications on your Mac
Thank you Universe for inventing “Do Not Disturb.” This feature, if set up correctly, will rid you of 90% of notifications on your Mac. The remaining part is browser-related and requires some extra work. But will get to that. Let’s first explore the Do Not Disturb tool.
1. Turn off notifications temporarily using Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb allows you to temporarily turn off notifications, according to the schedule you have set.
- Click on the three horizontal lines at the right hand side of the menu bar to display Notification Center.
- Choose Notifications.
- Scroll up to reveal the Night Shift and Do Not Disturb toggle switches.
- Set the Do Not Disturb switch to On. Notifications will now be blocked until whenever Do Not Disturb is set to end.
Here’s how to schedule and manage Do Not Disturb.
- Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
- Press on Notifications.
- Select Do Not Disturb.
- Set the time schedule if you want Do Not Disturb to run automatically each day.
- Check the boxes below that correspond to the options you want to choose.
2. Turn off notifications for apps
- Launch System Preferences > Notifications.
- Go through the list of apps on the left, one at a time, clicking on each one to review its settings.
- To switch off notifications altogether for an app, select None for alert type.
- If you don’t want to switch them off altogether, choose Banners or Alerts and then check the boxes below that correspond to your chosen behavior.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for every app in the list.
3. Turn off pop ups on your Mac from hidden apps
When you review apps in the Notifications section of System Preferences, it will show you the apps in your Applications folder. However, not all the processes you run on your Mac are from apps in the Applications folder. Some may be from Launch Agents and other background apps, that don’t show anywhere.
I’ve found that the quickest way to remove their alerts is via CleanMyMac X, by MacPaw. It has a Launch Agents monitor that requires almost no work, compared to the steps we’ve discussed. Follow me:
1. Download the free version of CleanMyMac X (it’s notarized by Apple).
2. Install the app and click on Optimization.
3. Now, select Launch Agents.
Here’s a list of my ‘hidden” Launch Agents found by this app:
I recommend leaving absolute minimum of such background apps on your Mac. You can disable them using toggles.
4. Turn off notifications for websites
One of the most annoying aspects of notifications is that macOS allows individual websites to display them. They must ask permission first, so the easiest way to deal with them is top always say no when they ask. However, websites are persistent and will ask every time you visit. It’s all too easy to accidentally allow them. So, here’s how to turn off Safari website notifications.
- Launch Safari > Safari menu > Preferences.
- Choose the Websites tab.
- Select Notifications on the left hand side.
- Review the list of websites that have requested permission to show notifications.
- Make sure each one is set to to ‘Deny’. If not, click on the drop down menu and choose Deny.
- Uncheck the box at the bottom of the window that says: ‘Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications’.
5. Turn off Chrome notifications
Chrome allows you to turn off site-specific notifications as well as general alerts. Let’s start with basic notifications
- Launch Chrome and type the following into the address bar: chrome://settings
- Choose Privacy & Security menu
- Click on Site Settings and scroll down to find Notifications.
Toggle the slider switch at the top of the page so that it reads “Can’t ask”
What about a particular site? If any site is annoying you with overlays and notifications, there’s one more control. Next to the site address (in the address line) you can see the padlock icon or the (i) tool tip. Click on it to block alerts from that domain.
6. Turn off notifications in Firefox
As of 2020, Firefox has the most elaborated system when it comes to protecting users privacy. In our view, it outmatches Google’s. For example, you can disable ad tracking and cookies detection on many levels. How does it Firefox deal with notifications?
- Launch Firefox and click on the gear icon ⚙︎ (Preferences).
- Choose Privacy & Security.
- Scroll down to the Notifications > Settings.
You will see a list of all the websites you’ve previously given permission to show notifications.
Check the box next to Block all requests asking to allow notifications.
Desktop pop-ups, alerts in your web browser, or other types of notifications are frequently intrusive and annoying. Fortunately, Apple has made it easy to control and block them from apps and websites in macOS. And You can easily stop them in Chrome and Firefox, too. Some pop-ups, however, originate from malware, and to get rid of those you should use an anti-malware tool like the one in CleanMyMac X.
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Notifications are great when you need them, and terrible when you don’t. Here’s how to turn off all notifications temporarily, and configure which apps and websites can show them otherwise.
Disable All Notifications Temporarily with Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb feature prevents you from seeing notifications or receiving phone calls while it’s active. To turn it on, open up the Notification Center by clicking the icon at top-left, then scroll up to reveal two hidden options. Like this:
Toggle the “Do Not Disturb” switch and you won’t see any notifications until tomorrow morning. That was easy, but what if you want to do this automatically most days? You can do that by setting Do Not Disturb to a schedule.
Head to System Preferences > Notifications.
The first thing you’ll see are the Do Not Disturb settings. Select the “From” option, and then set the times you want Do Not Disturb to be active. The default times turn Do Not Disturb on overnight, but you can set any time period you want.
You can set Do Not Disturb to turn on when your display is asleep, or when you’re mirroring to external displays like TVs or projectors. And, you can set your Mac to allow phone calls (or repeated calls from anyone during a three minute period) while Do Not Disturb is on. That way, you’re just disabling notifications.
Disable Banner Notifications For Any App
Maybe you don’t want to disable all notifications, but only those from a specific app. You can do that, too!
Head to System Preferences > Notifications, but this time pay attention to the left panel. Every application that uses notifications is listed here.
Find and select the application for which you’d like to disable notifications. Now, you can use the right panel to can configure how notifications how up. Let’s break this down, first looking at the alert style.
The default alert style for most apps is Banners—these notifications pop-up at the top right of your display, and then disappear after a few seconds. Alerts, meanwhile, stick around until you do something with them. Set the option to “None” and you’ll see no notifications at all for that app.
But there’s more! Below these options you’ll find four check boxes:
The first lets notifications from this app show up when your screen is locked—disabling this can be useful from a security perspective. The second option decides whether the notifications show up in Notification Center, which we showed you how to access earlier. Leave this option enabled so that you can review notifications for app in the Notification Center, even if you’ve disabled alerts for that app.
The third option—“Badge app icon”—lets you disable those red dots that show up on dock icons. And finally, the fourth option lets you disable notification sounds.
You can customize any application to your liking this way, so go ahead and disable notifications for any application you’d rather not see.
Disable Safari Website Notifications
If you’re a Safari user, you’ve probably noticed that some sites ask you if they can show notifications. Maybe you’ve even accidentally allowed a couple, only to regret it. No problem: open Safari, and then click Safari > Preferences in the menu bar. Head to the “Websites” tab, and then click “Notifications” in the left panel.
From here, you can disable notifications for any particular website. You can also stop websites from asking this question by disabling the “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications” check box.
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It’s very easy to get distracted when an app starts sending you annoying notifications. Right after you get an app notification, use the Notification Center on Mac to disable notifications for each app.
Quickly Turn off App Notifications from the Notification Center
You can disable an app’s notification from the notification itself. This works when you see a notification banner or alert in the top-right corner of the screen.
When you see a notification, right-click it and choose the “Turn Off” option. Your Mac will instantly stop notifications from the app.
Alternatively, you can use the Notification Center to do this. Click the Date and Time from the menu bar to show the Notification Center. You can also swipe in from the right edge of the trackpad with two fingers.
Here, you’ll see notifications from installed apps. The notifications will be grouped based on apps.
Right-click a notification and choose the “Turn Off” option to disable the notifications for the app.
Enable App Notifications from System Preferences
If you change your mind, you can enable notifications for an app from System Preferences. Click the Apple icon from the menu bar and choose the “System Preferences” option.
Here, go to the “Notifications” section.
From the sidebar, choose the app for which you want to enable notifications. Then, click the toggle next to “Allow Notifications” to enable notifications for the app.
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Sometimes you need to take a breather from an app’s notifications. Instead of turning off app notifications only to forget about them later, here’s how you can quickly mute or unmute annoying notifications on Mac using the Deliver Quietly feature.
Mac users who are running macOS Big Sur and higher have access to Notification Center features like grouped notifications and notification management options. One of which is the Deliver Quietly feature. The namesake feature from iPhone and iPad works in the same way on your Mac.
When enabled, new notifications from the app will go quietly to the Notification Center, ready for you when you are. You won’t see banners and the notification won’t make a sound.
How to Quickly Mute App Notifications on Mac
You can use the Deliver Quietly feature directly from the Notification Center. When you receive a notification from an app that you want to temporarily (or permanently) mute, right-click the notification and choose the “Deliver Quietly” option.
Now, the app won’t bother you with new notifications.
You can also enable this feature for any app that has notifications in the Notification Center. Click the date and time from the menu bar to open Notification Center.
Find an app you want to mute, right-click the notification, and choose the “Deliver Quietly” feature.
Now, the app’s notifications will directly go to Notification Center and won’t bother you when you’re working on your Mac.
How to Quickly Unmute App Notifications on Mac
Unlike the Do Not Disturb feature, you can’t mute specific app notifications for a couple of hours. But as long as the notification is still in the Notification Center, it’s possible to quickly unmute the app’s notifications using the Deliver Prominently feature.
To do this, open “Notification Center” by clicking the date and time from the menu bar.
Then, find the app where you want to unmute notifications, right-click, and choose the “Deliver Prominently” option.
Now, the notifications will go back to the default setting, with new notifications coming in as banners in the top-right corner of the screen.
How to Unmute App Notifications from System Preferences
You can only unmute app notifications from the Notification Center. But what if you have cleared all notifications? No need to worry, you can unmute app notifications from System Preferences.
Click the “Apple” icon from the menu bar and choose the “System Preferences” option.
Here, go to the “Notifications” section.
Now, from the sidebar, choose the app you want to unmute. You’ll now see notification settings like the screenshot below.
Sadly, there’s no one-click option to unmute the app’s notifications. Instead, you’ll have to do this manually. First, choose the “Banners” option from the “Alert Style” section.
Then, click the checkmark next to the “Show Notifications on Lock Screen” and “Play Sound for Notifications” option to go back to the default behavior.
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Apple has a knack for annoying users until they upgrade to the latest operating system. And they’ve kicked things up a notch recently. Banner notifications for upgrading to High Sierra and Mojave don’t even have a dismiss button! You have to click on the Details button to open the App Store. Needless to say, this gets frustrating very quickly. If you’re in no mood to upgrade to the latest macOS release any time soon, follow the guide below to remove macOS upgrade banner notifications for good!
Two Ways to Stop macOS Upgrade Banner Notifications
Stop MacOS Upgrade Banner Notifications Using Terminal
This is the end all method. Just fire this command in Terminal and you’re set. As this is a sudo command, you’ll need to enter the password first.
Open the Terminal app and paste in the following command.
sudo mv /Library/Bundles/OSXNotification.bundle
/Documents/ && softwareupdate –ignore macOSInstallerNotification_GM
Stop MacOS Upgrade Banner Notifications Using Finder
In another method, we can use the Finder to move the library files responsible for showing the notification. But before doing it, you should first back up your Mac.
Step 1: Open the Finder app on your Mac and click on Go -> Go to Folder.
Step 2: Type the following path and click on Go.
Step 3: Find the file named “OSXNotification.bundle”. Click on it while holding the Command key and drag it to another location like Documents or Downloads. Keep the file around for the future. Don’t delete it.
Step 4: Authenticate your admin account to move the file.
Step 5: The Bundle folder will no longer show the file.
Step 6: Now open Terminal and enter the following command.
softwareupdate –ignore macOSInstallerNotification_GM
Step 7: Hit Enter to execute the command. Exit the terminal.
Now you’ve successfully disabled the macOS upgrade banners.
How to Disable macOS Update Notifications
The process above will take care of the big macOS releases. But what if you’re tired of seeing notifications for new smaller updates to the OS? There’s a way to disable them as well.
By default, macOS checks for new updates and downloads it automatically. If you turn off this feature, it will automatically stop notifying you about new updates.
If you’re using anything macOS Mojave, open System Preferences and select Software Update. Then click on Advanced button and uncheck the Check for Updates option.
If you’re using a version of macOS that’s before macOS Mojave (macOS 10.14), open System Preferences and click on App Store. Here, uncheck the option that says “Automatically check for updates“. If you want, you can just disable the “Download newly available updates in background” option. This will still check for new updates but won’t notify you about them.
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Sometime back, we have dealt with an issue of removing software update download from iPhone/iPad. There were many complaints from users about this, and therefore, we worked around this issue and found solution.
Now, similar problem has cropped up on Apple software update screen on Windows and Mac running on OS X. And this time also we have come up with possible solutions.
Recently, I was pissed off by receiving Apple Software Update pop-up, which frequently appeared on my computer only to tell me that I should update iTunes, QuickTime and iCloud. When I made some efforts to disable this, I didn’t find any workaround. After some attempts, I got to know that the solution was in Scheduled Tasks and not in Start-up folder or the registry.
Here, we offer solution for those who use Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista, and Windows XP.
How to Disable Apple Software Update Screen in Windows PC (Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista)
Step #1. Click the Start menu.
Step #2. Type in Task Scheduler or schedule tasks in the search box and press Enter.
Step #3. Once the Task Scheduler window opens, double-click on Task Scheduler Library from left navigation panel.
A few folders will drop down.
Step #4. Double-click on Apple folder.
Step #5. Right click on AppleSoftwareUpdate.
Step #6. Click on Disable or Delete from the drop-down menu.
How to Turn Off Apple Software Update Screen in Windows PC [Windows XP]
Step #1. Click on Start menu.
Step #2. Then click on Programs.
Step #3. Click on Accessories.
Step #4. Go to System Tools.
Step #5. Open Scheduled Tasks.
Step #6. Right click on AppleSoftwareUpdate.
Step #7. Click on Delete.
Now you will no longer be receiving that irksome update messages for Apple Software.
If you think that only Windows users receive such annoying messages of software update, think again. Mac users are not spared either. But there is a solution for Mac users also. However, unlike Windows, Mac doesn’t offer any permanent solution. The only permanent solution is to update the software; otherwise you can only disable notification center temporarily or hide specific software update for some time. But this is not a final or permanent solution.
How to Stop Software Update from Bugging You in Mac OS X
Temporary Solution #1. Swipe to Ignore the Notification
This is a temporary fix; once you see a notification banner, swipe right on it to ignore it for a few hours. If there an update waiting in the App Store, you need to perform this action once or twice a day. Normally, working professionals don’t have time to go for permanent solution, i.e. update the software. Therefore, this temporary solution will save them from update pop-up when they are working on a serious project.
Temporary Solution #2. Disable Notification Center for the Day
If you want to avoid that Notification reminder for entire day, this is the best solution for you. Whenever you see any software update, just click on “Later” and then choose “Remind Me Tomorrow”. But be prepared to face the same update next day and day after and so on. You can use this solution if you are in hurry to complete a task.
Temporary Solution #3. Do Not Disturb
This again is a temporary fix but the only advantage of this method is that you can stay ahead of notifications. Toggle Do Not Disturb option ON from notification center; this not only hides the update notification but all of them in general. Next day, you have to follow the same procedure to manually turn on to disable notifications. Click on System Preferences → Notifications → Turn On Notifications.
Schedule Do Not Disturb
If you don’t like the idea of enabling Do Not Disturb every day, you can schedule a process. Click on System Preferences, then go to Notifications, where you find Do Not Disturb as first option on left panel. On the right panel, you can see Turn on Do Not Disturb option; enter the time during which you want Do Not Disturb enabled.
This will not show any notification between the time period you have selected. The notifications will appear when Do Not Disturb is OFF.
How to Permanently Disable Software Update Notifications on Mac
If you want to get rid of daily update pop-ups, go for this solution.
Step #1. Go to System Preferences.
Step #2. Click on App Store. Now uncheck the box next to “Automatically check for updates”. To check for updates, now on go to Mac App Store; but this should not be a matter to you as you can save yourself from those irritating software update messages.
This one is the best option that beats all above solutions. This will save your Mac from potential threats of bugs; you can enjoy latest features and facilities of specific software and it gives your Mac a smooth run. Either update all software from the notification center or go to the App Store and update each one by one.
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Few days ago I had come across an article which mentioned that people check their smartphones as much as 150 times a day.
Well this number can broadly go up or down depending on the person, but it is usually higher thanks to the notifications that we keep getting on our smartphones.
While there are some apps that notify you of important stuff there are many other apps on our smartphones that keep pushing annoying notifications what are of no use.
These apps have actually found a way to monitize using push notifications for ads.
but it is really not that tough to disable notifications from such annoying apps. I don’t need any third party app or a lot of learning curve to do it.
How to turn off notifications from specific apps on your Android smartphone.
Here is a video showing you how you can turn off notifications.
The tutorial shows you how to do it on yes xiaomi smartphone, but the process is pretty much the same for all the Android smartphones.
There there are basically two ways you can turn off notifications.
1. You can long press on the app icon on your home screen. (If you don’t not have it on your home screen you can drag it from the app drawer).
Once you are done, you will get an option of app info, tap on heat to reach the app info page what a particular app in the apps manager.
Then scroll down to the permissions section and find a Notification, you can turn off notifications by using the toggle button on the right hand side.
2. Similarly there is another way you can turn off notifications, directly from the notification area.
When you get The annoying notification from the particular app, complete long press on the notification to get the option to turn off the notification for that particular app. (this one actually works on xiaomi smartphones not sure if it falls on others as well will update this article once I confirm it).
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You would like to turn off the pop-up notifications coming from Sophos Home but you cannot find where to disable it.
In the current version of Sophos Home, there is no way to disable pop-up notifications either in the Sophos Home software installed or in the Sophos Home dashboard.
As a workaround, you can turn off the system notifications on your Mac.
- Go to Apple Menu >System Preferences.
- Click Notifications.
- Select Sophos Home and untick all the options for the Sophos Home alert style on the right.
Note: Sophos Home notifications regarding any detected threats will still pop-up.