This bell icon showed up in my menu bar one day and there's no obvious way to disable it. How do I get rid of it?

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edit: The option described below has been removed from Chrome. This should void the question as well as my answer.

Old answer:

In the Chrome Menu Bar under "Chrome -> Hide Notification Icon" you can get rid of the bell without having to go through flags (which doesn't work/exist any more!). It's the Option one from the bottom (I found the information in a comment on osxdaily):

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    This is finally starting to bubble up to the top of google searches. Original post on the product forums: productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/…
    – Spyder
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 21:47
  • I found the chrome://flags solution a while ago, and I was miffed when it stopped working. This works perfectly! Thanks! Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 4:01
  • None of the chrome://flags console worked after upgrade, but your solution sill works fine so far. Great tips.
    – Vincent
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 0:07
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    I disabled it and now cannot enable - the hide notifications option is gone
    – DataGreed
    Commented Dec 27, 2015 at 15:04
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    It's no longer there in Chrome 37. Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 20:51

Google has buried this option in a very hard-to-find location.

  1. Visit chrome://flags/#enable-google-now in Chrome.app
  2. Visit chrome://flags/#notification-center-tray-behavior in Chrome.app
  3. Change both settings to Disabled. (They're probably on Default currently.)

(NOTE: this used to be chrome://flags/#enable-rich-notifications)

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    On Chrome 36, none of these options exist. :( Commented Jul 20, 2014 at 17:38
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    Ah, looks like in Chrome 36 there's a menu item for this! See SebK's answer. Commented Jul 20, 2014 at 17:41

This seems to have changed to


I would make a comment instead of a new answer but I require 50 rep for that.

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    It's fine to provide a new answer explaining how another is outdated. Also, editing the wrong answer is best. Your call. Welcome to Ask Different!
    – bmike
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 19:51

Chrome for OS X v35.0.1916.114, "Enable Rich Notifications Mac, Windows" has changed to "Notification Center behavior Mac" and is still located in chrome://flags


It seems like Google Chrome after v 47.0.2526.73 no longer has the Notification center (bell).
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It worked for me by simply locating the file (mine was in the download folder) and deleting it. The key is to locate the incomplete file.


Some solutions here appear to be outdated.

Good answer is available here:


  • This question was meant not to turn off notifs altogether, but just the bell icon
    – Wolf
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:21

For Chrome (Version 35.0.1916.114), all you have to do is click on the bell to open the dialog box and then simply click on the bell with the line through it to toggle it on and off. It disables the notifications, but doesn't remove the bell, so it solves part of the problem, that you said there was "no easy way to disable it".


It's easy. In Chrome 35.0.1916.153 m:

  1. Go to chrome://flags in the address bar and uncheck the Enable Rich Notifications Windows, Chrome OS and Google Now
  2. Google Updates has to be turned off (search for instructions on how to do this on OS X)
  3. In the firewall block all traffic for Google Updater
  • that path does not exist on a Mac.
    – dwightk
    Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 1:46
  1. Click on the bell icon,
  2. Click on the Settings tab,
  3. Then uncheck "Google Now"

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