Guide to Slack notifications

Slack can let you know about messages, mentions, or other unread items that need your attention. Whether you're sitting at your desktop or on the go, you can choose how often Slack notifies you. 🔔


How Slack notifications work

Slack notifies you of activity in the channels you’ve joined. If you're mentioned in a channel you haven't joined, the sender can choose to notify you of their message via Slackbot.

If you're active in Slack on your desktop, we won't notify you on mobile. But, if you're away from your desktop, you can stay in the loop with mobile notifications. 

You can choose what’s right for you on both desktop and mobile: 

  • All new messages: You’ll be notified for every new message. (Recommended for workspaces with only a few members.)
  • Direct messages, mentions, & keywords: You’ll be notified when you receive a direct message, when someone mentions you, or uses any of your keywords.
  • Nothing: You won’t receive any notifications from Slack.

By default, we'll send email notifications if you're mentioned in Slack or sent a direct message. Like all your notification settings, you can change this at any time from your Preferences in the Slack desktop app.

Note: Badges, like this one 1, appear in your channel list whenever you're mentioned by a teammate. 


Set up notifications

Visit these articles to learn how to control all of your Slack notifications.

Desktop: Manage pop-up notifications on your computer

Mobile: Decide when to send updates to your iOS or Android device

Email: Receive notice of mentions and direct messages in your inbox

Trouble receiving emails from Slack: General tips and troubleshooting

You can further customize how Slack notifies you with these options.

App icon: Manage activity badges on your desktop app icon

Keywords: Set alerts for important words and phrases

Channel preferences: Adjust notifications for specific channels

Mute a channel: Turn off alerts for all activity in a channel

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