Chrome Flags

I’ll admit it. I’m pretty wishy-washy when it comes to the web browser. I had my longest stint with Safari over the past nine months, but now I’m unceremoniously back with Chrome.

A lot has changed with Chrome since I was regular user. There’s the “new” Chrome notifications menu bar icon that never seems to want to go away. In fact, Google has made it nearly impossible for the average user to disable the icon.

Thankfully, disabling the Chrome notifications menu bar is pretty easy if you know where to look. I’ll show you how to just that via our video walkthrough inside.

Step 1: open Chrome and type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags

Step 2: Press ⌘+F to open the Find box and type “Notification Center behavior Mac” without the quotes. In fact, just copy and paste that directly from here to make it easy on yourself

Step 3: Change the value of the drop-down box to Never show or Only show if there are outstanding notifications

Step 4: Click the Relaunch Now button in the bottom left-hand corner of the Chrome browser

That’s all there is to it. Once you relaunch Chrome, you should see its ugly menu bar icon disappear.

Simple, no?

  • James Gunaca

    Did this a long time ago on my personal Mac. Only use Chrome for work now because we’re on Google Apps. Took awhile to track down that flag.

    Bartender was helpful, though, for hiding other Menu Bar apps.

  • Blackman

    Mine randomly popped back up today so this article was perfect timing.

  • If you have Bartender to also hide other app icons, you can use that too. But for those without that app, this is a great tweak.

  • Ara Rezaee

    I hate that thing!

  • Bam

    I have Chrome Canary. I can’t find “Notification Center behavior Mac”

  • Danibal59

    thank you, been trying to figure out how to get rid of this!

  • Anthony Antunez

    I really like Chrome but I recently tried it on my MacBook Air and it drained battery a lot faster than Safari. Oh well I still love Safari so I’m good.

  • Alu Zeros

    i like it, like google services on mac os/ios platform

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  • NicholB

    for me this flag is at chrome://flags/#enable-sync-synced-notifications

  • Gah – notifications are back. The latest update to Chrome changed the prefs enough to make the notification menu bar icon come back! There is no longer a “Notification Center behavior Mac” but there is a “Enable Synced Notifications Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS” which is the only notification-related pref that I could find. I switched it to Disabled, so hoping that does the trick.