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What do I have to set up in Trello in order to get pop-up notifications through Google Chrome?

There's a bug on the Trello development board about strange desktop notification behavior, but I haven't seen any documentation or way to set these up in Google Chrome. Based on the comments on the card, there must be at least a few people who have gotten it to work.

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Unfortunately, this is a little bit hidden in the current UI. Here's how you enable desktop notifications:

  1. Go to a board
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the "Activity" widget (lower right)
  3. Click "Allow Notifications"

Trello activity feed

This setting is per-browser (so you'll need to re-enable it if you use a different computer), and only works in Chrome.

If you don't see that link, check the Notifications section of chrome://settings/content to see what your notifications settings are (they may be set to "Do not allow"), and chrome://settings/contentExceptions#notifications to see which sites you're currently allowing/preventing notifications on.

Notes

  • You'll only get notifications when someone @mentions you in a comment (e.g. when they say "Hey @Derek, what do you think?")
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    Turns out I already had Trello cleared to show notifications, but I had been expecting to get popups for general activity, not just mentions. – derekerdmann Feb 9 '12 at 3:38
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    Looks like this has moved to the Notifications menu (the bell in the upper-right corner). There’s an item called “Allow Desktop Notifications”. – Nate Jan 31 '14 at 18:29

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