Notifi cations are a quick and easy way of seeing exactly what’s going on in your Android apps. With a recent update to the Chrome app, Google are expanding notifications to the World Wide Web. A new push notifi cation feature will gives online services the power to send alerts to your device about updates to their websites. For example, a shopping website might use notifi cations to give you a head’s up about any sales that are coming up.
If this sounds like a good way to swamp yourdevice with notifications from all corners of the web, don’t worry – this is strictly an opt-in service, so you’ll only receive notifi cations from the websites that you have explicitly approved.
While it’s still early days for browser push notifications, popular websites including eBay, Facebook and Pinterest have announced they’ll be supporting push notifications, so this is the perfect time to get to grips with this new feature.
Check your Chrome app
Ensure you have at least version 42 of the Google Chrome app installed. To check, launch your Chrome app and tap the menu icon in the top-right corner. Select Settings>About Chrome.
The version number is under Application version.
Open Site settings
Currently notifications for Chrome are not automatic, so you will need to opt in. To check that notifications are enabled for your Android device, open Chrome’s menu and then select Settings>Site settings.
Enable push notifications
Make sure Notifications is set to Ask first. If it’s set to Blocked, tap this option and push the slider into the on position. Note, if you ever want to disable all website push notifi cations, return to this screen and push the slider back into the off position.
Agree to notifications
Once notifi cations have been enabled, whenever you visit a website that supports them you will be asked if you want to receive updates. Tap Allow and you’ll get notifications on your
lockscreen and notification drawer.
Clear and Reset
To double-check which websites can send push notifications, open Chrome’s menu and select Settings>Site settings>Notifi cations. You’ll see a list of all your websites. To remove one, tap
and select Clear & Reset.
Add to homescreen
Another Chrome feature to help you keep track of your favourite websites, is creating a shortcut and then placing it on your homescreen. To do this, launch Chrome, go to the website, open
Chrome’s menu and select Add to Home screen.