Google Chrome Now Uses Native Windows 10 Notifications

Posted on August 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Google today started rolling out a major update to Chrome on Windows. Starting with Chrome 68, Chrome now makes use of the native Windows 10 notifications and the Action Center. The feature was in testing as early as March of this year, and Google has officially started rolling it out to the public today.

The switch to Windows 10’s native notifications will mean that you will now see all the notifications from Chrome, as well as the websites you subscribe to for notifications, right on the Action Center in Windows 10. Chrome previously had its own notifications, which are still present in older versions of Windows, but the native integration should be much more useful (and consistent) to users.

For one, Chrome using Windows 10’s native notifications means you can now apply Windows 10’s custom notification settings to the browser. You can choose to limit the number of notifications that are displayed, as well as their priority in the action center. And secondly, you can avoid getting distracted when you are in Windows 10’s Focus Assist (Quiet Hours) mode.

The feature is rolling it out slowly, with only 50% of users running Chrome 68 having access to it at this point in time — it’s likely you may not have the feature yet, so just be patient as Google rolls it out to more users.

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Comments (18)

18 responses to “Google Chrome Now Uses Native Windows 10 Notifications”

  1. jimchamplin

    First Microsoft figures out how to do dark mode on a weird, per-app basis, and then Google ships a feature that improves the experience on Windows?


    Will wonders never cease? ?

    • unfalln

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      It's pretty weird that I remember using the system palette to allow users to apply their own Windows colour themes to visual elements of a program in Visual Studio 6, yet they can do a consistent, system-wide dark mode in Windows 10.

  2. rseiler

    I like using Chrome's for Chrome (or whatever Chromium browser I'm using). That way, browser notifications are distinct from all others. Also, Windows Insider routinely breaks notifications, so it was nice using a browser never affected by that.

  3. Martin Pelletier

    Beating Microsoft in his own land ;)

  4. Ben Moore

    How do you get to those Notification settings (if you have them)?

  5. thalter

    Anyone know if they will be using the native OS notifications on the Mac version as well?

  6. NoFlames

    Edge supports native notifications for some time now

    • unfalln

      In reply to NoFlames:

      That's a petty statement. The same could be said about Chrome, where they supported web notifications before Windows 8 had a notification system.


      The fact that Google are integrating with post-XP features of Windows is a somewhat positive sign, at least if only for the Web App ecosystem.

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