Desktop notifications

Stay on top of activity in channels and direct messages with desktop notifications. You can choose which messages notify you based on activity that matters to you.

After you've set your Slack notification preferences, you may need to adjust your operating system's notification settings to make sure that you get the alerts that you need. 


Turn on desktop notifications

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Choose Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. Under Notify me about, choose which activity Slack notifies you of: 

    🛎  All new messages
    You'll be notified for every new message.

    💬  Direct messages, mentions & keywords
    You'll be notified when a teammate mentions you, sends you a direct message, or uses one of your keywords.

    🚫 Nothing
    You won't receive notifications from Slack. Note: you will still see badges () within Slack.

    📑 Notify me about replies to threads I'm following
    Check this box to receive a notification when someone replies to a thread you're following.

Note: By default, your desktop preferences apply to your mobile app. To change this, check the box next to Use different settings for my mobile devicesRead more about notifications for your mobile app.

Adjust sound and appearance

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Choose Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Notifications.
  4. Under Sound & appearance, choose how notifications look, sound, and behave. Here are some tips:

    🔉  Make notifications audible
    Check the box next to Play a sound when receiving a notification. Click change to choose the sound you hear for all desktop notifications. 

    🔇  Mute notifications 
    Check the box next to Mute all sounds from Slack.

    🙈  Turn on message previews
    Check the box next to Include a preview of the message in each notification. Turn it off for extra privacy. 

Using Slack for Windows? Follow the instructions above to choose whether to Deliver Notifications via Slack's built-in notifications (Windows 7) or the Windows Action Center (Windows 10). 

Note: If you're using Windows 10 and notification sounds stop working, check the setting for Windows Quiet Hours. If enabled, notification sounds for active apps are suppressed, including Slack. 


Manage your OS notifications

Once you’ve set your Slack preferences, you may need to adjust notification settings for your operating system. This will ensure you get the alerts you need.



  1. From your desktop, open System Preferences.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. From the list of apps, select Slack.
  4. Choose your Slack alert style and check the preferred boxes.

If you choose to allow Slack to deliver notifications via the Action Center, you can manage your preferences from your Windows settings:

  1. Click the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Click System.
  3. Select Notifications & actions.
  4. From the list of apps, select Slack.
  5. Choose how and when you'd like to receive notifications from Slack.

Tip: Looking to turn off notifications temporarily? Just click the  bell icon next to your workspace name and choose how long you'd like to snooze notifications.

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