Desktop notifications

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Email notifications

We offer a notification feature that allows you to receive desktop notifications while you are logged in to your Proton Mail account.

How to enable desktop notifications

The first time you log in to Proton Mail, you will see a banner at the top of the Proton Mail screen asking for your permission to enable desktop notifications. If you dismiss this banner (click X to the right of the banner), it will disappear, and we won’t ask again.

Banner asking permission to enable desktop notifications

Once you allow desktop notifications, the next time you receive a new message, the notification will be shown by your operating system’s default notification manager.

Windows

Windows desktop notification

macOS

macOS desktop notification

Similar system notifications are shown in Linux and Chrome OS.

To check if you have allowed the notifications:

Firefox

Click on the permissions icon to the left of your address bar (next to the padlock icon).

Firefox notification permissions

Chrome, Brave, and Edge Chromium

Click on the View site information icon (the padlock) to the left of your address bar.

How to check notification status in Chrome

Safari works a little differently. Go to the menu barSafari →  PreferencesWebsites tab → Notifications.

 How to check notifications are enabled in Safari

Proton Mail also supports email notifications. Click on the link to find out more.


How to disable desktop notifications

You can disable notifications for individual websites using the instructions above. If you want to prevent all notifications from your browser:

Firefox

Go to ≡ → SettingsPrivacy & SecurityPermissionsNotificationsSettings

Notification settings in Firefox

Here you can see and block all websites that have notifications permissions, remove all permissions, and even block all websites from asking if they can send you notifications.

Chrome

Go to the three-dot Customize and Control Google Chrome icon Settings Privacy and security Site settings scroll down to Permissions Notifications.

Notification settings in Chrome

You will see a list of Allowed and Blocked sites. Click the three-dot icon to the far right of the site to change its notification permissions. You can also block all notifications from this screen or select Use quieter messaging (this blocks notification prompts from interrupting you).

Brave

Go to Settings Privacy and security Site and shield settings scroll down to Permissions Notifications.

Notification settings in Brave

You will see a list of Allowed and Blocked sites. Click the three-dot icon to the far right of the site to change its notification permissions. You can also block all notifications from this screen or select Use quieter messaging (this blocks notification prompts from interrupting you).

Edge

Go to the three-dot Settings and more icon Settings Cookies and site permissions Notifications.

You will see a list of Allowed and Blocked sites. Click the three-dot icon to the far right of the site to change its notification permissions. You can also block all notifications from this screen or select Use quieter messaging (this blocks notification prompts from interrupting you).

Safari

Changing notification permissions in Safari is described above. Note that there is an option to disable websites from asking permission to send notifications.

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