How to Setup Website Permissions in Google Chrome?

Whenever you visit a website, it needs many permissions to use the features that you need. For example, showing advertisements, using camera and using the clipboard on your computer – all needs permission from the browser. This is essential to protect your privacy and inform you what kind of information a website access on your computer. Google Chrome has a settings page where you can customize the permission of the websites. In this article, we will explain how to setup website permissions in Google Chrome and customize as per your need.

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Setup Website Permissions in Google Chrome

There are multiple ways you can setup website permissions in Google Chrome and manage them.

  • Setup global permissions for all websites
  • Managing previously viewed website’s permission
  • Manage individual site permission from address bar
  • Add website for allowing or blocking permissions

Let us explain all options in detail and you can use the convenient method for you.

1. Setup Browser Level Permissions

You can setup the global or browser level permissions from Chrome settings page. Chrome will apply the preferences on the settings page to all the websites you visit on the browser.

  • Access the settings page by clicking on the three dots button on the top right corner saying “Customize and control Google Chrome” and choosing “Settings” option. Alternatively, go to “chrome://settings/” command URL on the address bar to open settings page.
  • Google will show lots of basic and advanced options on the settings page. Go to “Privacy and security” section and click on “Site Settings” option.
Access Site Settings in Chrome
Access Site Settings in Chrome
  • The “Site Settings” section will show two sections – “All sites” and “Permissions”
  • Under the “Permissions” section, you can choose how the websites should behave on your browser.
View All Website Permissions in Chrome
View All Website Permissions in Chrome
  • For example, click on the “Microphone” option. The default permission in Chrome for Microphone access is “Ask before accessing”. This will force all websites to show you a prompt before using the microphone on your computer. You can decide to allow or block the website depending on your need.
  • You can also turn off the slider to permanently block the microphone access for all websites on Chrome.
View and Setup Website Permissions in Chrome
View and Setup Website Permissions in Chrome

Similarly, you can setup permissions at browser level for advertisements, pop-ups, notifications, etc.

2. Allow or Block Individual Website Permissions

Chrome also allows you to block specific websites from accessing your private data. When you are in the above permissions section, you will see “Block” and “Allow” subsections for each permission.

  • Click on the “Add” button against allow or block option to setup individual website’s permission for that option.
  • You can add wildcard domain to block or allow all subdomains of that site with single entry.
  • Remember, not all permissions are relevant for allowing or blocking. For example, “Zoom Levels” will show the zoom percentage you setup for the specific websites. You have the option to delete the zoom level which makes the website to show with the default browser’s zoom setting.

3. Go to Website Permissions from Address Bar

Allowing or blocking individual websites under corresponding sections of “Site Settings” is a tedious task. You have to choose the permissions one by one and add websites manually. When you want to control the permissions of specific websites, you can directly setup the options for that site from the address bar.

  • Open the website you want to setup permission in Google Chrome browser.
  • Chrome will show an icon left side of the URL. For a secured site, it will show a pad lock and for a non-secured site, it will show an information icon with “Not Secure” message.
  • Click on the lock or information icon and choose “Site settings” option to open content settings for that site.
Open Site Settings in Chrome
Open Site Settings in Chrome
  • You can enable or disable site-specific settings from the list. Chrome will automatically add your permissions to the settings page.
Website Settings in Chrome

In this manner, you can setup all the permissions for a website on a single page without navigating front and back.

Related: How to protect your privacy in Google Chrome?

4. Managing Previously Viewed Website’s Permissions

Many websites show pop-ups and push notifications when you visit. Over the period, you may forget the preference you have chosen for the website. Fortunately, Chrome stores all permissions granted to previously viewed websites under the settings page. This is available locally on your computer that helps you to analyze the permission data without internet connection.

  • When you are in “Site Settings” page, click on the “View permissions and data stored across sites” under “All sites” section.
  • Here you can view the permissions granted to all the websites. You can sort and use the search box to filter specific websites.
Sort and Search Site Permissions in Chrome
Sort and Search Site Permissions in Chrome
  • Chrome stores website permission under each domain, you can click on it to view all the subdomains related data.
  • Click on the site you want to view the permission data.
  • Similar to browser level settings, here you can choose to allow or block the permission for the specific website you have selected.
View and Manage Individual Site Permission
View and Manage Individual Site Permission

If you are not sure the previously provided permission, click on the “Reset permissions” button to reset all the permissions similar to your global settings page. In addition, you can also click on the “Clear data” button to delete all cookies stored by that site on Chrome.

What Website Permissions You Can Setup in Chrome?

Below is the list of permissions you can setup in Google Chrome for any website. The “Allow” and “Block” columns indicate whether you can setup the permission from the settings page for individual website. If it is not allowed, the website will follow the global permissions and you can only provide exemptions when the site prompts you on the browser.

PermissionDescriptionAllowBlock
Cookies and site dataAllow websites to save and read cookie data on the browserYesYes
LocationAccess and share the locationNoNo
CameraAccess computer’s cameraNoNo
MicrophoneAccess microphone on your computerNoNo
Motion sensorsAllow sites to use motion sensorsNoNo
NotificationsWebsites can send push notificationsYesYes
JavaScriptEnable or disable JavaScript on the siteYesYes
FlashBlock sites from running FlashNoNo
ImagesBlock or show imagesYesYes
Pop-ups and redirectsAllow pop-ups and redirectsYesYes
AdsBlock intrusive adsNoNo
Background syncAllow recently closed sites to finish sending and receiving dataYesYes
SoundAllow sites to play soundYesYes
Automatic downloadsAllow sites to download files automatically after asking first fileYesYes
Unsandboxed plugin accessAccess computer using pluginYesYes
HandlersAllow sites to become default handlers for protocolsNoNo
MIDI devicesUse system exclusive messages to access MIDI devicesNoNo
Zoom levelsZoom level for websiteNoNo
USB devicesSite can access USB devicesNoNo
Serial portsSite can access serial portsNoNo
File editingAllow sites to edit files and folders on your computerNoNo
PDF documentsDownload PDF instead of opening in ChromeNoNo
Protected contentAllow sites to play protected contentNoNo
ClipboardAllow sites to access computer’c clipboardYesYes
Payment HandlersAllow to install payment handlersYesYes
Insecure contentShow insecure contentYesYes

If the above permissions are not sufficient for you, check out the Chrome Web Store for extensions to improve your privacy.

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