Turn off Google Chrome's "Chrome - Notifications" icon in Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 22, 2013
Updated • Jul 25, 2014
Google Chrome

Google Chrome for some time now has displayed a notification icon in the system tray area that users could not remove at all. I'm not talking about the notifications that you could remove after disabling the option to run background apps, but the "Chrome - Notifications icon that when right-clicked only displayed options to set it to quiet mode.

If you are wondering why there are different notification designs and settings available: this depends largely on the Chrome version that you are running. You can check out our guide to blocking Chrome from running in the background after the browser has been closed to find out how to remove the "older" notification icon from the system and close down the browser for good when you exit it.

Below is a screenshot of the Chrome Notifications icon that you can't remove by disabling background apps from running on the system when you close the web browser.

quiet mode

Google seems to have added a new feature to the browser recently that enables you to remove the notification icon from it. I can't really say for how long that has been the case as I just stumbled upon it today while browsing the experimental flags in the browser to see if anything was new in the browser after the most recent update.

Here is what you need to do to disable notifications and Chrome from running in the system tray after you exit the browser:

  • Type chrome://flags in to the browser's address bar and hit the enter key.
  • This opens experimental features of the browser that you can use to enable or disable features that are not ready yet for prime time.
  • Search for Enable Rich Notifications. This is best done with a tap on F3 to bring up the search form, and pasting the preference name in to it.
  • Change the setting from default to disabled to turn it off.
  • Restart the browser.

chrome disable notifications

You should notice that the notification icon is no longer displayed when you close the browser after that first restart of it.  You can use the setting to prevent Chrome from running in the background after you close it. Note that you won't receive any notifications when you disable the feature.


chrome hide notification icon

Google has removed the "Enable Rich Notifications" option in Chrome 35. There is hope though, as I have found two additional options on how to deal with the icon in the Windows System Tray.

  1. The icon is displayed if you have apps installed in Chrome. You can check chrome://extensions/ to see if that is the case. If you do not want to use apps, uninstall them, and the notification icon should go away after the next restart automatically.
  2. If you need those applications, do the following to hide the notification icon in Windows. Click on the small arrow next to the time in the Windows Task Bar, and select customize. This opens the Notification Area Icons control panel item. Scroll down until you find Google Chrome listed here, and select hide icon and notifications from the menu next to it. This blocks Chrome from showing the icon on the system even if you have apps installed.

Update 2:

notifications setting

Google has made changes in regards to notifications in the Chrome browser. Here are a few additional tips on how to get rid of the notification bell in the system tray.

  1. Open chrome://settings/content in Chrome's address bar.
  2. Scroll down until you find Notifications.
  3. Switch the preference to "Do not allow any site to show desktop notifications".
  4. Click Manage exceptions and make sure to remove any site listed here.

After you are done, do the following afterwards:

  1. Load the chrome://flags page in the browser.
  2. Tap on the F3 key, and enter notification to find all preferences related to that.
  3. Set every entry to disabled.
  4. This includes: Enable Synced Notifications and Device Discovery Notifications first and foremost.
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  1. uygar said on July 13, 2014 at 1:07 am

    it’s like the 10th time i am disabling the damn thing but it keeps coming back again and again. once more and i will uninstall chrome for good!

  2. Hector M. said on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I thought I got rid of the bell the last time after spending about an hour searching for a way to remove it. Google went ahead and took out the “Enable rich Notifications” in Flags to keep people from disabling it. Just another way they want to know all you doing, when and where. I had enough. I just un-installed the Chrome. Fu*K you Chrome. How dare you keep installing things in my PC, updating when you want to without asking me and adding “Auto updates” to my Start up???
    BTW, hit run, type MSCONFIG and go to start up tab… See google update there????
    Byeeee chrome!! #stopusingchrome

  3. stopusingchrome said on June 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Dexter’s comment is astute but unfortunately still doesn’t completely disable the notification icon. Try going to YouTube and watching a video in full screen for 10 seconds… when you exit full screen you’ll notice that cursed bell waiting for you again despite your best efforts. To me the answer is obvious: stop using Chrome browser! There are plenty of other browsers that are quite good, including Opera, and Maxthon. Another option is to stick with Chrome v. 34.0.1847.131 and disable updates entirely until they fix this bug–and yes I called this a bug, which is still better than admitting Google is knowingly invading your screen space with a “feature” for which a great many people have zero-use yet no one can actually turn off. #stopusingchrome

  4. Ruth said on June 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I can’t get it to go away. No apps installed in chrome, the “control panel-notification area icons” setting turned to “hide icon and notifications”, EVERY single option for “notifications” in the chrome://flags set to disable. And that dammed little bell is still there!

    1. Hector M. said on June 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I would not bother with this anymore since it will just keep coming back after each update (which they do automatically without your permission). I had enough and decided to delete Chrome all together. If everyone did this they would stop this intrusive and abuse. #stopusingchrome

  5. knightwolf153 said on May 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    ^^^ You sir are a legend.. ^^^

  6. Dexter said on May 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Also look for ‘Google Now’ in the chrome://flags area. Disabling that is what finally remove the notifications for me

  7. John Doe said on May 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

    It’s still in flags but under a different name chrome://flags/#enable-sync-synced-notifications

  8. Luk Koťátkovej said on May 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    thanks :)

  9. Haroon said on May 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    How to turn of Chrome Notifications on Mac?

  10. Scott M. Garzon said on May 3, 2014 at 6:30 am

    If you can find “enable rich notification” you probably using the latest BETA version of Google Chrome but you can still fix it watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edIWkCYNQkc

  11. Alex said on April 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm


  12. Nik said on April 19, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Found another one: it is for the Google Now notifications and has finally rid me of the pesky icon.
    Find it in flags as follows:
    Google Now Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
    Enable Google Now notifications support. #enable-google-now

  13. Yngve said on April 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    They removed the option in Chrome 35.0.1916.47 beta-m. The icon is stuck there forever, can’t remove it now.

  14. Steve said on April 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks, that was very annoying. Also, I don’t understand the comment from Janne, after you hit Relaunch all your tabs open right back up to where you were, nothing lost. Thanks again

  15. Roy said on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    u r a legend !!! . thanx guys !!!!

  16. Dorte said on April 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    You are brilliant!!! Thank you SO much for this. :)

  17. Jura said on April 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks man a lot lot lot!!

  18. ZA said on April 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you!! I was looking for this.

  19. S said on April 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    thanks a lot

  20. Aldo said on April 4, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Thanks, great advice. Google seems to have no boundaries in bothering users with rubbish like this.

  21. Jeff said on April 3, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Follow the instructions above.
    After doing so, be sure the click the “Relaunch Now” button at the bottom left side for the changes to take effect.
    (Just closing the browser will not remove the icon).

  22. Aaron said on April 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    It covers up the sound icon on the taskbar, so I can’t adjust the volume

  23. specter said on April 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks man works for me

  24. nikolais said on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you very much indeed! This stupid icon disappear!

  25. Janne said on March 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Nope, the icon is still there…. Maybe it’s time to go back to IE ;)
    Can’t restart the browser at the moment – in fact, I don’t want to restart it. I just want that annoying icon to disappear – NOW !!

    1. Ayb said on March 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      You didn’t restart the browser? Still you say “nope”? You don’t follow the instructions but still want it to work?

  26. Isidro said on March 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks, man! That icon was soooooo anoying.

  27. Watcher said on March 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I find your complains humorous. You all bitch that Google does this, yet happily suck Facebook’s tits when they do things just as intrusive all over the web and/or mobile devices. Hypocrites.

    1. Zob said on June 24, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Just because you suckle at Facebook’s teat doesn’t mean the rest of us do.

      We use 3rd party apps to take control of our Facebook pages. Get educated and get a clue, Troll.

    2. Roger said on March 10, 2014 at 1:39 am

      What makes you think that people love the crap that facebook smears all over their devices? I, for one, spend as much time trying to remove facebook crap as I do google crap. I think that you’re jumping to some unsupported conclusions here. Not that it matters, you’ll just find something else to complain about.

      1. Peter said on May 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        He is an idiot…. leave him alone!

  28. Sean said on March 6, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate it. Worked like a charm.

  29. Todd P said on March 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks! This was easy, and it actually worked! :-)

  30. limbo said on March 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm


  31. GH said on February 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks! the notification icon was really annoying me and this helped me

  32. NS said on February 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    THANK YOU!! This was really P*****G me off. I’m on a call and suddenly the notification goes off and I’m scrambling to hit mute.

  33. Yahya said on February 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you very much.

  34. Desirea said on February 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Oh man thank you so much! I have been trying for over an hour to figure out how to get rid of that stupid thing.

  35. Porchland said on January 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks. That tray icon was annoying.

  36. Tim said on December 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you!!!, Fucking really irritates when programs put stupid shit in my system tray without my permission.

  37. Jesse said on October 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Is shame of google that they are doing all this.

  38. Jesse said on October 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you! this was very helpful. Not sure why google is sneaking into our computers so much. They should be stopped from doing all this.

  39. Faisal said on May 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    How to Turn off Google Chrome’s “Chrome – Notifications” icon in Windows ??

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