Change site settings permissions

You can set permissions for a site without changing your default settings.

Manage site permissions

You can easily allow or deny site permissions. You can also grant one-time permissions for specific features.

When a site asks permission to use features like camera, location, and microphone, you can:

  • Allow this time: The site will be able to use the requested feature only during your current visit. However, the site will need to ask again on future visits.
  • Allow on every visit: The site will be able to use the requested feature during your current visit as well as during future visits.
  • Don't allow: The site can't use the requested feature.

Change settings for all sites

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Site settings.
  4. Select the setting you want to update.

To change permissions and data storage on all sites you’ve visited, you can also select View permissions and data stored across sites

Learn about permissions that can be changed
  • Third-party cookies: A site you visit can embed content from other sites, for example, images, ads, and text. Cookies set by these other sites are called third-party cookies. Learn how to manage cookies.
  • Images: Sites usually show images to provide illustration, like photos for online stores or news articles.
  • JavaScript: Sites usually use JavaScript to display interactive features, like video games or web forms. Learn more about JavaScript.
  • Protocol Handlers: Sites can handle tasks when you click certain links, like create a message in your email client or add events to your calendar.
  • Pop-ups and redirects: Sites might send pop-ups to show ads, or use redirects to lead you to sites you may want to avoid. Learn more about pop-ups and redirects.
  • Intrusive Ads: Sites usually show ads so they can provide content or services at no charge. However, some sites are known to show intrusive or misleading ads. Learn more about ads.
  • Location: Sites usually use your location for relevant features or info, like local news or nearby shops. Learn how to share your location.
  • Notifications: Sites usually send notifications to let you know about breaking news or chat messages. Learn more about notifications.
  • Camera and microphone: Sites usually use your video camera and microphone for communication features like video calls. Learn more about cameras and microphones.
  • Unsandboxed plugin access: Some sites need plugins so they can let you do tasks like stream video or install software. By default, Chrome asks you if a site's plug-in can bypass Chrome's sandbox to access your computer.
  • Automatic downloads: Sites might automatically download related files together to save you time. Learn more about downloads.
  • MIDI device control & reprogram: Sites usually ask to control and reprogram Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) devices to create and edit music or update device firmware. Learn more about MIDI devices and permissions.
  • Bluetooth devices: Sites usually connect to Bluetooth devices to allow a site to record and show information about the device. Learn more about Bluetooth device connection.
  • Background sync: After you leave a site, it can sync to finish tasks, like upload photos or send a chat message.
  • Fonts: Sites can ask to use fonts that are installed on your local device.
  • Zoom levels: You can set how much you zoom in or out on certain sites. Learn how to zoom in or out.
  • PDF documents: Sites sometimes publish PDFs, like documents, contracts, and forms. Learn more about PDF documents.
  • Protected Content IDs: When a site plays content protected by copyright, it might ask to recognize your device. Learn more about protected content.
  • Motion sensors: Sites often use your device's motion sensors for features like virtual reality or fitness tracking.
  • Serial ports: Sites usually connect to serial ports for data transfer features, like network setup. Learn how to connect a site to a Serial device.
  • File editing: Sites usually access files and folders on your device for features like to automatically save your work.
  • Clipboard: Sites usually read your clipboard for features like save the format of your copied texts.
  • Payment handlers: Sites usually install payment handlers for features like easier checkout.
  • Augmented reality: Sites usually track your camera position for AR features, like games.
  • Virtual reality: Sites often use your virtual reality devices and data to let you enter VR sessions.
  • Embedded content: Sites you visit can embed content from other sites, for example images, ads, and text. These other sites can ask for permission to use info they've saved about you as you browse the site. Learn more about embedded content.
  • Insecure content: Secure sites might embed content like images or web frames that aren't secure. By default, secure sites block insecure content. You can specify which sites can display insecure content. Learn more about site content and security.
  • Your device use: Sites usually detect when you actively use your device to set your availability on chat apps.
  • Sounds: Sites might play sound to provide audio for music, videos, and other media. Learn more about sounds.
  • HID devices: Sites usually connect to HID devices for features that use uncommon keyboards, game controllers, and other devices. Learn how to connect a site to an HID.
  • USB devices: Sites usually connect to USB devices for features like printing a document or saving to a storage device. Learn how to connect a site to a USB device.
  • Third-party sign in: Sites can show sign-in prompts from identity services. Change third-party sign-in permissions.
  • On-device site data: Sites you visit can save info about your activity to make your experience better— for example, to keep you signed in to a site or to save items in your shopping cart. Learn about on-device site data.

Change settings for a specific site

You can allow or block permissions for a specific site. The site will use its settings instead of the default settings. You can also delete data for a site.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to a site.
  3. To the left of the web address, click View site information Default (Secure).
  4. Click Site settings.
  5. Change a permission setting.


  • Your changes save automatically.
  • After you click the icon next to the web address, previously saved site settings open. You can change them without going to the “Site settings” menu in Chrome.
  • If the Reset permissions button is available, you can click the button to reset your changed preferences.
  • To protect your data, Chrome removes permissions from sites you haven't used recently.

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