How can I block the "Switch to Chrome" notification on Google's home page?

Google really, really wants you to make Chrome your default browser. Apparently, Google's opinion is that if you use its search engine, you should be using its browser, too, because the following notification appears every single time you visit Google's home page in a browser that isn't Chrome:


The annoying "Switch to Chrome" notification


Clicking "NO THANKS" won't save you. Google ignores whatever internal setting that selection should trigger, and goes right on asking you to switch to Chrome. One of the two methods below should help:



Use AdBlock

To keep the "Switch to Chrome" notification from appearing every time you visit google.com in a browser other than Chrome:

  1. Click the AdBlock toolbar icon and click on the gear symbol.
  2. On the Customize tab, click Edit.
  3. Paste the following text in the box, just as it appears here:
    ##.gb_fa, .gb_g
  4. Click Save.

If custom filter above doesn't work for you, we also found a few suggestions in a Google Search help forum post



Turn Off Ads, Pop-ups and Redirects in Edge

Edge may be part of the problem by allowing Google to advertise for Chrome. We found this on a Microsoft Community forum post:


  1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots from top right corner.
  2. Select Settings from the dropdown.
  3. Click on Cookies and Site permission from the left pane.
  4. Select the arrow beside Pop-ups and redirects.
  5. Under Block add the Google website.
  6. Go back to Site permission and select the arrow beside Ads.
  7. Toggle the switch to On.



Turn Off Windows 10 Tips

You can also try turning off these "helpful" tips, like this:

  1. Press the Windows key + i or enter Settings in the search box in the Windows taskbar to open the Windows Settings app.
  2. Start typing "notifications" (without the quotation marks), and then select Notifications & actions settings.
  3. Scroll down to Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows and slide the switch to the "Off" position.



That didn't help. Now what?

You may want to provide feedback about this notification directly to Google's product team: 

Report a problem with Google Search


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