Mobile push notifications

For messages you'd like to see ASAP, Slack can send mobile push notifications to your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device.

While the Slack app is open and you're active, we'll keep notifications silent — you're already using the app, so we won't bug you.🐛  But when you're busy or on the go, and the Slack app is closed, we'll notify you about any messages that are important to you.


Set up push notifications

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Download and install a Slack app for your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Visit the Notifications page: my.slack.com/account/notifications.
  3. Under the Mobile Push Notifications section, choose when you’d like to receive push notifications:
  1. Swipe left to open the right sidebar.
  2. Tap Settings. 
  3. Tap Push Notifications. 
  4. Choose your notification preference.
  1. Tap the  More actions icon.
  2. Tap Settings. 
  3. Tap Notifications.  
  4. Tap Push notifications. 
  5. Tap Send me push notifications for to change which messages trigger notifications.
  1. Tap the  More actions icon at the top right.
  2. Tap Settings. 
  3. Choose your notification preferences. Select from a list of push notification options under Push Notifications. 

Choose to receive push notifications for:

  • Activity of any kind
    Slack will send you a push notification for every message in all your joined channels and direct messages.
  • Only Direct Messages & Highlight Words
    Receive push notifications for every mention of your name or one of your highlight words, and for every one-to-one direct message with someone on your team. 
  • Only Highlight Words
    Receive push notifications for mentions of your name or one of your highlight words only. You will not receive push notifications for direct messages.
  • Only Direct Messages
    Receive push notifications for every new direct message you receive from anyone on your team. You will not receive any other push notifications.
  • Nothing (push notifications off)
    Turns off push notifications entirely.

Note: Changing your notification settings for a specific channel can be done in the channel notification preferences.

 

Change your notification sound

You can select a new notification sound on the Notifications page — just select a sound and click Preview to try it out. The option you choose will apply to all your push notifications.

Mobile push timing

Slack sends you push notifications when you’re away or idle on your desktop. This can be customized by choosing new push timing on the Notifications page.

If you choose a specific idle timeout, as seen above, you will not receive push notifications until you've been idle on your computer for that specific amount of time. However, Slack will always send push notifications immediately if you are completely offline, away from the app.