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Change site permissions

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

Change settings for all sites

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "Privacy and security," click 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

Permissions that can be changed
  • Cookies: Cookies are files created by websites you visit. They make your online experience easier and save browsing information. Learn more about managing 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.
  • Handlers: Sites can handle tasks when you click certain links, like create a message in your email client or add events to your online calendar.
  • Pop-ups and redirects: Sites might send pop-ups to show ads, or use redirects to lead you to websites you may not want to visit. Learn more about pop-ups and redirects
  • Ads: Sites usually show ads so they can provide content or services for free. 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 more about how to share your location.
  • Notifications: Sites usually send notifications to let you know about breaking news or chat messages. Learn more about notifications
  • Microphone: Sites usually use your microphone for communication features like video calls. Learn more about cameras and microphones.
  • Camera: Sites usually use your video camera for communication features like video calls. Learn more about cameras and microphones.
  • Unsandboxed plugin access: Some sites need plug-ins 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 devices: Sites usually connect to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) devices for features for creating and editing music.
  • 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 website to a Bluetooth or USB device.
  • Background sync: After you leave a site, it can sync to finish tasks, like uploading photos or sending a chat message. 
  • Zoom levels: You can set how much you zoom in or out on certain websites. Learn more about how to zoom in or out.
  • PDF documents: Sites sometimes publish PDFs, like documents, contracts, and forms. Learn more about PDF documents.
  • Protected content: 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 setting up your network.
  • 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 keeping your copied text's formatting.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 clear data for a site.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to a website.
  3. To the left of the web address, click the icon you want: 
    • Lock Lock
    • Info View site information
    • Dangerous Dangerous
  4. Click Site settings.
  5. Change a permission setting. 
Tip: Your changes save automatically.

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