How to enable quiet notification requests in the new Microsoft Edge browser

Martin Brinkmann
May 12, 2020
Internet, Microsoft Edge

Users of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser will soon be able to tame web notifications even better than before. Microsoft plans to introduce a feature in the stable version of the browser soon that allows Edge users to turn on quiet notification requests in order to prevent notification requests.

All browsers support notifications and sites have started to make use of the feature more. What started as a way for sites to inform users about news, changes or topics of interest turned into a highly abused feature to spam users with notification requests and to use notifications for advertising or even malicious purposes.

Some web browsers support options to disable notifications altogether; Firefox users may disable notification requests completely in the browser's settings and the same is true for browsers such as Brave, Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) users can turn off notification requests under edge://settings/content/notifications in the browser already. Microsoft plans to introduce a new option to tames notification requests without turning off the feature entirely.


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Quiet Notification Requests is currently available in preview versions of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser. You configure the option on the settings page for Notifications (the same page that you use to turn off notifications entirely). Just toggle the "Quiet Notification Requests" option there to turn the feature on or off.

Notification prompts are suppressed by the web browser when you turn on the feature. Edge displays a Notifications Blocked message in the address bar for a short moment before it is changed into an icon that users may interact with.

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A click on the icon displays options to allow notifications for that particular site, and to manage notifications in the browser. Manage opens the notification settings in Edge; besides enabling or disabling the blocking of all notifications or the quiet notifications feature, it is also the place to add sites to the whitelist or blacklist. Whitelisting makes sense if you want notifications from a particular site, blacklisting only if you allow all notifications but want to disable them for a particular site.

Edge users who want more control could configure the browser to disallow all notifications and enable them for specific sites only if the need arises.

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How to enable quiet notification requests in the new Microsoft Edge browser
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  1. Richard A said on May 12, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I already use the lock icon on Microsoft Edge to adjust the site permissions, which does include notifications. Is this terminology of quiet notifications just to say it is turned off?

    I am sorry Martin, the article was not very clear in what the difference is.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 12, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Richard, sorry that the article did not make it clear:

      Quiet notifications — Notifications remain turned on but prompts are not shown, instead, an icon is displayed in the address bar to allow them if desired.
      Turning ask before sending off — Disables notification prompts and all notifications except whitelisted.
      Default — Notification prompts are shown and notifications are sent.

  2. motang said on May 12, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Microsoft is doing a lot with the new Edge. Kudos to them for differentiate themselves from Chrome. Then again Vivaldi and Brave are also doing their own thing as well. But I am still going to be Firefox user.

      1. Anonymous said on May 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

        Differentiate,I think Edge is just another Chrome clone.Certainly it’ll be grabbing a lot of telemetry and browsing data just as Chrome would.

  3. Yuliya said on May 12, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Always block. This should never exist.

    1. John G. said on May 12, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      I agree. Furthermore, Microsoft should put the hands off from Chromium as soon as possible, and also uninstalling option for Edge should be allowed also as soon as possible.

      1. Yuliya said on May 12, 2020 at 3:35 pm

        It’s either Blink or Trident, and I agree, they should have continued to modernize Trident. IE11 still has the most efficient video decoding capabilities on Windows to this date, but their model seems to be update it once and then just let it self-support, which will never happen, they always were left behind half a year later in terms of standards for every new IE version.

        Web notifications I think should have never been a standard. Period. This and websites running in background after tab close, aka background sync. They are always abused, and I’ve been asked countless times whether I know “where these popups come from” – ofcourse, the aforementioned features were abused to deliver ads.

  4. Dale said on May 12, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    When they stop spying then I’ll look at it, so never. Shame as it does have some nice features.

  5. Anonymous said on May 12, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Remember when we used to call notifications pop ups? Now quiet notifications is no notifications or On is Off? They actually pay people to come up with this dark tech vocabulary crap. I guess most netizens these days have attention deficit issues and need flashy things to stay interested. This is why we can’t have nice things. But hey, whatever blows your hair back.

  6. JohnIL said on May 13, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Edge to me is just another Chrome clone, Microsoft got tired of spending money developing a web completely internally so now they use Chromium and focus on just the features. Honestly, I don’t blame Microsoft and if Edge never gains much on Chrome then so be it. I like what Microsoft is offering in Edge, but I am not convinced it will win over a lot of converts.

  7. Pierre said on May 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Not available yet

  8. Dave said on May 15, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    MS realized the only way to get more data from users was to use a Chromium based they switched and now they collect more info than Google does. lol

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