[SOLVED] This browser does not support desktop notifications

Milan Stanojevic
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Some users have reported that they get an error message saying This browser does not support desktop notification, whenever they try to enable them for Google Chrome on Windows 10.

This issue can be extremely frustrating over-time, as you will not be able to see any notice of new notifications from your Gmail, Google Drive, or any other application.

Here’s how one user described the issue on Google Forums:

For some reason my desktop gmail notifications stopped working. I tried to re-active them through settings but at desktop notification it says that This browser does not support desktop notifications. To enable notifications, upgrade your browser to Google Chrome. I have Google Chrome but still it doesn’t work. How can I fix this problem?

For this reason, in this article, we will explore some of the best methods to solve this issue. Read on to find out more.


What can I do if the browser doesn’t support notifications?

1. Try an alternative browser

Having trouble with the default browser even for some minor actions can be extremely unpleasant, which is why perhaps you should try an alternative solution.

We suggest using a browser that gets constant updates and that comes with less to zero error notifications such as Opera.

switch from chrome to opera

You can download Opera using the button below (it only takes a couple of minutes). You can switch to Opera from the previous browser similarly easy.

Namely, in the Settings area, you can find a Synchronization option that allows you to import bookmarks, pages, and other data from your default browser.

As for notifications, by default, Opera asks you if you’d like a site to send them. You can choose to allow or deny notifications to be displayed. Opera will remember your choice for future visits to that site. 

To manage desktop notifications in Opera, do the following:

  1. Go to Settings and scroll down to Advanced. 
  2. Search for Privacy & security.
  3. Under Privacy and security, click Site settings.set opera site notifications
  4. Click Notifications.
  5. At the top, turn on or off Ask before sending (recommended).
  6. Click the Add button to set site-specific preferences.
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2. Make sure your notification browser settings are set up properly

  1. Open Chrome -> select the three-dot menu at the top-right of your screen –> Settings.
  2. Select Advanced.
  3. In the Privacy and Security tab -> select Site settings.Site settings in Chrome settings - Browser doesn't support desktop notifications
  4. Click on Notifications.Notifications settings in Chrome settings - browser doesn't support desktop notifications
  5. Toggle the button to either Block (blocking all notifications), or Ask before sending notificationsNotifications toggle button - Browser doesn't support desktop notifications

3. Change notification settings

  1. Type Notification settings in the home screen search bar and hit Enter.
  2. Toggle on the option Get notifications from apps and other senders.
  3. Scroll down, and activate the notification button by toggling the buttons for each of the programs you want to allow notifications from.Notifications settings Windows 10 - Browser doesn't support desktop notifications

To conclude, in this guide, we explored the best way to solve the issue caused by an error message saying Your browser doesn’t support desktop notifications.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any other suggestions. We would also love to know if you found this guide helpful. Use the comment section found below to let us know.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and was completely revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.