Anyone working remotely or in a distributed team knows Slack is a great productivity tool. It allows you to work on projects, communicate, and stay current. But there are moments you want to focus on tasks and need the pings and real-time notifications to stop. Knowing how to mute Slack gives you mastery of this platform and can help you reclaim your focus to meet your goals. Below, we show you how to mute slack, with photos of each step to follow.
Slack is a great platform for collaboration
In the age of instant messaging, it’s easy to become distracted by the various pings and notifications from Slack and other platforms. You can waste precious time on a workday following and responding to numerous threads or having a direct messaging conversation. If the Slack app is active on your phone and not muted, you may also continue getting project-related pings outside working hours.
Even if you are not active on Slack, its popups can break your line of thought while you make headway in an important task. That’s why behavioral science academics and productivity hackers advise using Slack in bursts or muting it to get work done. In short, you need to configure slack to work for you, not the other way around.
A common workaround is to change your Slack setting to mute notifications, audio, and even individual users. Don’t be afraid to take back control and mute Slack, so your work gets done. Read on for the simple steps to mute slack, with photos.
How to mute Slack, with photos
If you need to escape the frenetic activity of your Slack channels and coworkers, here’s how to do it. Use these instructions to:
- Adjust your triggers for Slack notifications
- Adjust the sound of your Slack notifications
- Configure and mute specific conversations
How to change your notification triggers on Slack
Slack notifications are useful as they keep you up to speed with team activity. They are certainly handy when you are away from your desk or on the move. But sometimes, you need to mute Slack, and one way to do this is by changing your notification preferences.
You can change notification settings for the Slack channels in your Slack account and direct messages with three or more participants. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1. Open Slack and click on your profile picture
Your profile picture in the top right-hand corner opens a menu with the main personal options and settings for Slack.
Step 2. Click on Preferences
The Preferences section lets you make key changes and customize your account settings. Click on Preferences to open a window with all your account’s notification settings.
Step 3. Go to Notify me about…
Under Notify me about… you’ll find the main notification settings. You can either be alerted when you have:
- Any new messages
- Direct messages, mentions, or keyword-base notifications
This section also has the setting to switch off all notifications.
Step 4. Click on the radio button that has Nothing next to it
Turn off all notifications by clicking on the third radio button down in the Notify me about… section. This switches off all notifications across all devices where you are logged in on slack. It also stops notifications for huddles and replies to threads that you are active on.
Step 5: Click the appropriate checkbox on your mobile device
You can alter notifications to your mobile, which are different from your desktop Slack workspace. Just tick the tick box that says Use different settings for my mobile devices and choose:
- All new messages
- DMs, mentions, and keywords
For a comprehensive walkthrough of this method and more, you can check out the following video:
How to change the sound of your Slack notifications
In the digital age, we are inundated will all sorts of pings, whistles, and pops as we receive various alerts and notifications. If you want to mute Slack literally, here’s how to change the notification sounds, so you aren’t disturbed:
Step 1. Go to the Preferences section in your Slack menu
As shown above, click on your profile picture and click on Preferences in the menu that appears. To switch off notification sounds, you must head back to the same section where you altered your notification settings.
Step 2. Scroll down to the section called Sound & Appearance
This is where you can mute your Slack notifications. You have options for altering the appearance of the notification, so it includes a preview of the message contents and completely mute all notifications.
Step 3. Click the checkbox that says Mute all sounds from Slack
Clicking Mute all sounds from Slack will silence your notifications until you decide otherwise and uncheck the box.
Mute specific channels and messages in Slack
If you have some channels in your Slack account that are very active and distracting, it’s quick and easy to mute them by following these simple steps.
Step 1. Go to the Slack channel you want to mute
Head to the lefthand menu in Slack and click on the channel you intend to mute. Channel names usually have a hashtag (#) in front of it.
Step 2. Right-click on the channel name in the left-hand menu
Right-clicking on the channel name opens a menu, including muting the channel.
Step 3. Click on mute channel
Once you mute the channel, you will no longer receive notifications. You can leave the channel if you want to and return when ready.
How to mute direct messages in Slack
Muting DM conversions is just as simple as muting channels in Slack. Follow these three easy steps.
Step 1. Head to the direct message that you intend to mute
To mute a conversation, open the relevant direct message in slack.
Step 2. Right-click on the name you want to mute in the left-hand sidebar
Like muting channels, you can right-click on the conversation participant’s name to mute them.
Open the DM that you want to mute.
Step 3. Click on mute conversation
This will mute the conversations, so you no longer receive notifications from them. Head back and check in on the DM by unmuting the conversation when ready. You also have the option to close the conversation frankly.
As you can see, it’s incredibly easy to mute Slack. You don’t have to be a slave to endless notifications. Mute channels, messages, and notifications to stay ahead of your workday and get Slack working your way.
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