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Rich desktop notifications have been available in Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac for some time now, provided you were on the Canary channel where Google hosts early and unstable alpha releases of its browser. The normals, however, had to wait until desktop notifications for the Now cards made their way into the stable Chrome channel.

According to Google itself, that day is today – people on stable Chrome releases should start seeing Google Now alerts being pushed to their Macs and PCs. The handy alerts are nested right inside the browser’s notification center that sits in your Mac’s status bar (bottom-right if you’re using Windows)…

According to Google, enabling the feature is a simple matter of singing in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on the search firm’s free Search app for the iPhone and iPad.

Once both mobile and desktop Chrome are using the same Google Account, you should start seeing certain Now cards on your Mac, stuff like weather, sports scores, commute traffic and event reminders cards.

As per Google’s help document, Google Now on Chrome shows a subset of the Now cards you see on your mobile device and some of the cards may be based on the location of your mobile device.

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Here’s are Now cards in Chrome for Windows.

As a result, you’ll only see location-based Now cards on your Mac for devices that have Location Reporting turned on. As a reminder, Google keeps on checking for your mobile location even when Chrome is not running.

To turn off Google Now cards in Chrome, click the Chrome Notifications icon in your Mac’s status bar, hit the gear icon and uncheck the box next to ‘Google Now’. Note you won’t see the icon in your Mac’s menu bar unless there are some alerts to show.

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It’s a staggered release: Google Now notifications have begun rolling out today and will be gradually enabled for everyone over the course of the next few weeks.

Google Now is pretty awesome and having these cards pop up as timely alerts on my Mac is even better, even more so for those who use Chrome on both their mobile and desktop devices and entrust Google with management of their personal information like contacts, calendars and more.

Will you be giving Google Now notifications on the Mac a try?

  • HaakonHoelB

    My question is: how can I get this to work with Safari?

    • Thanh

      What?

    • Marcus

      *Facepalms*

      • Thanh

        wow
        much doge
        such face 2 hand

      • Marcus

        Correction:
        much doge
        such face 2 hand
        wow

      • Thanh

        wow
        such correction
        such wow
        many wow
        wow

  • Fede777

    I have no use for the mobile app, is there a way to use this without it?

  • Lucifer

    What is google now?

    • Marcus

      You must’ve been living in the deepest of caves this past year or something if you don’t know what Google Now is.

      • Lucifer

        HAHAHAHA! You’re pathetic. I can care less of the garbageware that stupid company makes

      • katiepea

        You can care less. So you admit to caring some. OK. It has nothing to do with Google+, which by the way, is hugely successful for Google. Though I personally do not use it.

  • Piyush

    Can’t access google now on Chrome Version 33.0.1750.152

  • Phil Randle

    Stopped using Google Chrome a long time ago, for reasons just like this, its a resource hog, they add to much to the browser and its clogs up resources on your mac that you can distribute elsewhere, Safari uses nowhere near the same amount of resources, Safari has caught up in speed nowadays anyway, so no need to go back to Chrome ever.

    • Palmer Paul

      If you really don’t want to clog out resources, check out Opera!

  • katiepea

    this is the final straw with me. been trying to figure out how to turn this off for about 24 hours now. I’m just going to quit using chrome altogether I suppose. Google is now just making bloatware that’s difficult to disable via dozens of menus within menus. Opera here I come.

    • Enter chrome://flags/ in Chrome where you’d normally type an address and do a search for “google now” in the page that turns up. You’re looking for “Enable Google Now notifications support” – and then disable the option. There are a couple of other notifications options you might want to disable as well for completeness.

      • ApK

        Thanks! Been looking for that. I can’t say I’m too pleased with Google’s recent habit of being so intrusive and bloated. I’ve been happily drinking their mighty tasty kool-aid for years, but this kind of stuff gives me pause.

  • NYCyclist

    Some of Google Now may be useful. However, it’s begun feeding me realtime sports scores that are complete spoilers for the games I’m recording on my DVR. How do I control the topics it reports on, without turning it off completely?