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  3. Adjust your notifications Pause notifications with do not disturb

If you need time to focus or some time away from work, you can pause your notifications in Slack with do not disturb (DND). Pause notifications as needed to help you to concentrate, and even set a notification schedule for routine times that you’d prefer not to be notified.

How DND works

  • All notifications and @mentions will be paused. Once you resume notifications, you can review the messages that you received while in DND.
  • Members will see ado not disturb icon next to your name. When sending a direct message, they can override DND to notify you about an urgent message once per day.

Turn on DND

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications.
  3. Choose a time frame from the menu, or select Customise to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications.
  3. Select Resume notifications, or hover over Adjust time to choose a time frame.

Turn on DND

  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Pause notifications.
  3. Select a time frame from the list, or tap Customise to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Pause notifications.
  3. Tap Resume notifications or choose a new time frame.

Turn on DND

  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Pause notifications.
  3. Select a time frame from the list, or tap Customise to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Pause notifications.
  3. Tap Resume notifications or choose a new time frame.

Tip: When you set your status to the default On holiday suggestion from your desktop, DND will turn on. You’ll automatically start getting notifications again once you’ve cleared your status or after a period of six weeks.

For the times that you’re routinely offline, you can set a notification schedule. With a schedule in place, you’ll only receive notifications during certain hours on days that you choose. Outside of those times, notifications will be paused.

  1. From your desktop, click on your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications, then select Set a notificationschedule from the menu.
  3. Below Allow notifications, open the drop-down menu and select an option: Every day, Weekdays or Customise.
  4. Choose a start and end time for notifications. Your settings will automatically save, so click on the close icon when you’ve finished.
  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Notification schedule.
  4. Tap Allow notifications at the top of the screen and select an option: Every day, Weekdays or Customise.
  5. Choose a start and end time for notifications. For Every day or Weekdays, tap Start or End to choose when you’ll receive notifications on those days. For Customise, tap any day, then select your Start and End times.
  1. Tap theYou tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Notification schedule.
  4. Tap Allow notifications at the top of the screen and select an option: Every day, Weekdays or Customise.
  5. Choose a start and end time for notifications. For Every day or Weekdays, tap Start or End to choose when you’ll receive notifications on those days. For Customise, tap any day, then select your Start and End times. Your settings will save automatically.

Note: If a workspace owner or admin has set a default do not disturb schedule for your workspace or Enterprise Grid organisation, the schedule that you set will override any default settings.

Short on time? Use a slash command to quickly turn DND on or off. View the examples below to learn how to pause and resume notifications.

/dnd example

/dnd for 15 mins
/dnd 15 minutes

/dnd until tonight
/dnd until tomorrow morning

Create alerts for custom keywords, carve out focus time with Do Not Disturb, and more

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Not all office meetings are equally relevant to you, and neither are all conversations in Slack. Thankfully, by tweaking a few settings, you can customize notifications to stay focused on the work that matters to you while turning down the volume on topics you find distracting.

To keep you in the know—and to ensure that you can carve out some quiet focus time in Slack when needed—here’s a quick primer on how to make notifications fit your personal preferences.

Slack notification basics

By default, channels and direct messages will appear bolded in your sidebar when there’s unread activity. They’ll also show a red notification badge if someone mentions your username or any keywords you’ve specified.

Add your own custom keywords

The keyword notifications feature will alert you whenever someone mentions a topic you care about.

Try setting your keywords for:

  • Titles or code names of important projects to catch when they’re discussed in channels you’ve joined
  • Customer or account names you work with to stay on top of any problems they’re encountering
  • Your own name, in case someone refers to you without using an @mention
  • Fun things (so you’ll never miss free pizza or swag in the office again)

Be selective about your keywords to avoid getting too many notifications. You can always start with a handful and then reduce them so you’re alerted only as often as proves useful.

Turn key channels up

If there’s a project you’re following closely that’s in the final stretch or you have a small team channel that is so vital you never want to miss a single message, click Channel Details to set notification preferences to all new messages.

You’ll get an alert for every single message posted, but you may find this key to staying in touch with your team. If you enable it for project channels, you can dial them back down to their defaults once the deadlines are completed.

Turn down the volume on sparingly used channels

Conversely, you can mute channels that you want to be in but don’t follow closely. This is especially handy for channels with lots of messages from bots and integrations or channels you visit only for specific, one-off requests, like #help-it or #help-workplace .

Muted channels won’t appear as bold when there’s unread activity, letting you read through them at your own convenience. If someone mentions your username or a designated keyword in these channels, don’t worry—you’ll still receive a red badge on a muted channel in these instances.

Carve out focus time with Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb (DND) mode is the go-to way to pause notifications from Slack. To temporarily snooze notifications when you need to concentrate, click the bell icon atop your channel bar. Then choose a time or set your own custom interval. You can also set automatic recurring DND hours to avoid after-hours interruptions.

Your coworkers will see when you’re in DND mode and know not to expect a response right away. This puts them at ease: They can message you when it’s convenient, without worrying about waking you up or interrupting deeply focused work. And your teammates will still have the option to push a notification through if it’s urgent.

Quick tip: Pause notifications on the go with the /dnd slash command, followed by a specific time of day or time frame.

Mobile and email notifications

Notifications are also sent to your mobile Slack app, but thanks to a customizable delay, you won’t get overloaded with notifications on every device the moment they arrive.

If you’ve already read a message within the default time frame on your desktop, it won’t get pushed to your phone as an alert. If you would like to know any time you’re mentioned as soon as possible on mobile, you can adjust this delay to zero, and you can choose whether or not to get email notifications of mentions and DMs as well.

Slack notifications are a reliable way to stay up to date on the conversations that need your attention most. Customize them to the way you work best, and they’ll help bring you peace of mind (and peace and quiet) when and where you see fit.

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Slack’s notifications can be overwhelming enough during the workday. If you have the weekend off, the last thing you need is notifications arriving on your phone at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Slack finally lets you stop notifications on the weekend—here’s how.

This setting arrived in Slack in June 2020. Previously, Slack only let you specify certain hours of the day when Do Not Disturb mode enabled itself automatically. So, if you took the weekend off, you’d still see notifications during the day on Saturday and Sunday unless you manually enabled Do Not Disturb mode ever weekend.

To find this setting in Slack for desktop, click your Slack’s workspace name at the top-left corner of the screen. Select Pause Notifications > Set a Notification Schedule.

Scroll down and, under Allow Notifications, set your custom schedule. For example, to only get notifications during the traditional workweek (Monday to Friday), select “Weekdays” instead of “Every day.” If you work different days, select “Custom” and you can configure the days when you don’t want Slack notifying you.

Your changes will take effect immediately. Close the Preferences window when you’re done.

In the Slack app on iPhone or Android, tap the “You” icon at the bottom of the Slack interface. Tap “Notifications” on the You screen.

Tap “Notification Schedule” on the Notifications screen and configure notifications just as you would on the Slack desktop app.

This setting should go a long way to help prevent Slack’s notifications from intruding on your life when you’re not working. Just remember that you’ll have to manually enable Do Not Disturb mode when you’re taking a holiday or another day off that isn’t part of your usual schedule.

Slack allows remote teams to work just as productively as if they were in the same office. And we don’t mean a virtual one.

Thanks to Slack’s excellent features, you can stay in constant touch with your colleagues. When you need some quiet time, you can snooze your Slack notifications and enjoy your non-working hours.

When you’re ready to get back to work, just turn off the snooze. Here’s how.

How to Un-Snooze Slack Notifications

During working hours, you probably don’t want to miss any critical notifications from Slack. You may receive a new private message, a team member might mention you in a channel, or the admins may add you to a new channel altogether. If so, a notification should pop up on your mobile device or your computer. Unless you’re still in Do Not Disturb mode. Here’s how to turn your notifications back on.

From a Web Browser

If you turn the Do Not Disturb feature on, you won’t be notified of team members mentioning you in messages or notifications. You can set your own time when you want notifications to be snoozed, or stick with the ones your team had set before you joined. Any new members automatically receive the workspace settings that apply to the whole team.

  1. Launch your browser and go to your workspace.
  2. In the upper-left corner, select your team’s name.
  3. From the pop-up menu, choose Pause notifications. If they’re snoozed, you’ll see “On” next to this option.
  4. When you hover over Pause notifications, you’ll see a new pop-up menu. Click on Resume notifications now if you want to disable the Do Not Disturb feature immediately.

Within this menu, you’ll also find an option to change the schedule. You can set your own hours when you want the notifications to be snoozed.

From the Mobile App

If you’re using the Slack app for mobile devices, you can change the notification settings from there too. Whether you have an iOS or an Android smartphone, the steps are similar.

  1. Open the Slack app on your phone.
  2. Tap the account menu icon or swipe to access the account menu.
  3. From there, select the Do Not Disturb option. If your notifications are snoozed at the moment, it’ll say On.
  4. From the Do Not Disturb screen, choose the red Turn off option at the top. You’ll also see when your notifications are snoozed until, and you can adjust the Do Not Disturb time frame.

How to Change the Do Not Disturb Hours

Note that only workspace owners and admins can set the default Do Not Disturb hours for the whole team. However, if your needs are different, you can set a new time frame when you don’t want to be disturbed. During these hours, other team members will still be able to reach you if they still choose to notify you while your notifications are snoozed. People only really use this feature if something urgent arises.

From Your PC

  1. Open your workspace in a browser.
  2. Click on the workspace name in the upper-left corner.
  3. Go to Pause notifications, and from the menu that appears on the right, select Do Not Disturb schedule.
  4. In the Notifications tab, find the Do Not Disturb section.
  5. Set the new time frame within which you won’t receive notifications.
  6. Uncheck the box above the hours if you don’t want the Do Not Disturb Feature to turn on automatically.

Within this tab, you can also choose what you want to receive notifications about, what you want them to sound like, and opt for different settings when using Slack on your phone.

From Your Phone

  1. Open Slack on your mobile device.
  2. Swipe or select the menu icon in the top right corner to open account settings.
  3. Tap on Do Not Disturb.
  4. Select the Custom option and set the date and time until you want your notifications snoozed.

These settings only adjust the ending time for the Do Not Disturb feature. You can also choose daily notification-free hours. Do the following:

  1. Open the account menu in the Slack app.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Select Do Not Disturb in the Notifications section.
  4. Set a daily time frame during which you won’t receive any notifications from Slack.

Not Missing Anything Important

You may not always remember to check your virtual workspace while working. You may get carried away, or your focus may be too strong to interrupt. Without notifications, you could miss something important with your tasks, so it’s good to have notifications on during working hours.

If pinging gets too annoying and disturbs your concentration, you can always change the sound or mute it. That way, you’ll at least see the notification when you receive it.

When’s your do not disturb period? Do you snooze notifications for better focus? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

If you require some time to focus or time away from work, it’s possible to pause your notifications in Pumble with Do Not Disturb (DND). Pausing notifications when needed is a good way to help you stay concentrated, and even set a notification schedule for specific times you’d prefer not to be disturbed with notifications.

  • All notifications and mentions will be paused. Once you resume notifications, you’ll be able to review all the messages you have received while being in DND.
  • Members will be able to see a Do Not Disturb icon next to your name. When your team members send you a direct message, they can override DND to notify you about an urgent message once per day.

Turn on DND

  1. Click on your profile picture at the top right
  2. Hover over Pause notifications
  3. Choose a time frame from the dropdown

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Click on your profile picture at the top right
  2. Hover over Pause notifications
  3. Choose Turn off, or
  4. Hover over Adjust time
  5. Choose a different time frame

Turn on DND

  1. Tap on the You tab at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap on Do not disturb
  3. Choose a time-frame from the list

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Tap on the You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap on Do not disturb
  3. Tap on Turn off or choose a new time frame

Setting your notification schedule

If you tend to be offline at the same time routinely, you can set your own notification schedule. When the schedule is in place, you’ll only receive notifications on those days and hours you choose. Notifications will be paused outside that time frame.

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In Windows 10, when an app is trying to get your attention, a rectangle message slides into view at the lower right of the screen. These are sometimes called toast notifications and they generally disappear automatically after a few seconds. If you need to get work done on your PC, it can be distracting when a pop-up alert appears, informing you of newly arrived emails, Facebook messages, upcoming appointments and birthdays, and more.

Quiet hours is a feature in Windows 10 that disables showing all app notifications. Any notifications you get while quiet hours is turned on will still appear in the Action Center to review later. In this article, we’ll show you how to configure do not disturb mode in Windows 10.

Important Note for Windows 10

When the Quiet Hours feature first debuted in Windows 8, you could configure it to turn on and off automatically at specific times. For example – you could set your quiet hours to be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. so you wouldn’t be disturbed by notifications during work or sleep. At the time of this writing, the Quiet Hours options have been reduced to On and Off. We’re hopeful that the timing aspect of this feature will be restored in later releases of Windows 10. In the meantime, we do have some instructions for setting your Quiet Hours by editing the Windows Registry or Local Group Policy Editor.

Turn On or Off Quiet Hours from the Action Center

Right click or press and hold on the “Action Center icon” on the taskbar notification area. An option menu will appear with an on/off control for Quiet Hours.

Alternatively, click the “Action Center” and turn on/off the “Quiet Hours” title. (If you don’t see it, click “Expand” at the right edge.) When this feature is turned on, your computer doesn’t show alert bubbles, wake up your screen when call comes in, or make any noises that might disturb you.

Silence the Notification Alerts

There are times when you might prefer not to be interrupted or distracted by the appearance (banners) and sound of notification bubbles popping up. May be you’re about to give presentation and don’t want pop-up alerts showing up. To disable notification bubbles that appear on Lock screen:

Open “Settings > System > Notifications and actions” and turn off “Show notifications on the lock screen”. Also consider turning off “Show alarms, reminders and incoming VOIP calls on the lock screen”. When you turn off these settings those messages will no longer appear when the Lock screen is up.

Windows 10 includes an option to turn off notifications during presentations. If it senses that you’re using Microsoft PowerPoint or connected to a projector, then it will squelch all of the alert bubbles and sounds. Open “Settings > System > Notifications and actions”, scroll down and turn on “Hide notifications while presenting”.

Silence the Notification Alerts on a Per-App Basis

You can also turn off your notifications, on an app-by-app basis. Open “Settings > System > Notifications and actions” and under “Show Notifications from these apps” turn off apps individually to prevent notifications from select apps. This is a good way to tame down on apps showing excessive notifications. Here you’ll find a scrolling list of every app you own that’s capable of showing you a notification and each of them has an “On/Off” switch.

Click an app’s name to reveal specific types of notifications that can be switched on or off to suit your preferences. These apps can either show you an alert bubble in real time as discussed earlier or play a sound to get your attention when the notifications appear. Tweak them freely according to your needs.

Concluding this article, Windows 10 now lets you configure quiet hours globally or on a per app basis. Although it’s quite easy to set quiet hours, they are not automatic, you must turn on/off them manually.

With Focus in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can use Do Not Disturb to silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb and allow calls from certain people.

When you have a Do Not Disturb turned on, a crescent moon icon appears in the status bar and on your Lock Screen. To turn on Do Not Disturb, follow the steps below for your software version.

Not sure which version of iOS or iPadOS you have? Go to Settings > General > About and look under Software Version.

Turn on Do Not Disturb with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

  1. Go to Settings and tap Focus.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  3. Select your custom options for notifications.

To turn on Do Not Disturb from Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPod touch, or on your iPad.
  2. Tap Focus, then tap Do Not Disturb.

Turn on Do Not Disturb with iOS 14 and earlier, and iPadOS 14

  1. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Turn on Do Not Disturb manually or set a schedule.

To turn on Do Not Disturb from Control Center:

  1. Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPod touch, or on your iPad.
  2. Tap the crescent moon icon or touch and hold the crescent moon icon to turn on for a specific time frame.

Change your Do Not Disturb settings

If you don’t want to be disturbed at a certain time, you can set a schedule and change other Do Not Disturb features to help you concentrate. Here’s how with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15:

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  3. Select settings for Allowed Notifications, Focus Status, Smart Activation, and more.

With iOS 14 or earlier, or iPadOS 14:

  1. Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb.
  2. Turn on Scheduled and set a schedule.
  3. Choose when you want to receive alerts, calls, and notifications:
    • Silence: Choose to silence calls and notifications always or only when the device is locked.
    • Allow Calls From: Allow calls from everyone, no one, your favorites, or specific contact groups stored on your device or iCloud.
    • Repeated Calls: If someone calls you twice within three minutes, the second call isn’t silenced.

What happens when Do Not Disturb is on? How to put Mac on Do Not Disturb? Some detailed information about Do Not Disturb on Mac is introduced in this post by MiniTool. Just follow the given ways to turn on this feature so that you can keep your Mac quiet when you trying to do something.

What Does Do Not Disturb Do?

In macOS, there is a feature called Do Not Disturb and it is very helpful to let you work in an uninterrupted environment. To be specific, if you turn on this feature, all Mac’s notifications from emails, calendar events, phone calls, messages, app updates, and so on won’t interrupt you. These notifications will go to Notification Center and you can view them later.

If you are concentrating on a specific task, enable Do Not Disturb immediately and you won’t be distracted by the myriad endless alerts from your Mac. Well then, how to put Do Not Disturb on Mac? Follow the below-given instructions now.

Learn how to change notification settings in Windows 10, how to manage notifications in Windows 10, and how to turn off notification sounds in Windows 10.

How to Turn on Do Not Disturb Mac

Activate Mac Do Not Disturb in Notification Center

The operations are simple and do these steps:

  1. Go to the Menu bar at the top-right corner and choose the Notification Center Alternatively, you can use two fingers to swipe to the left from the right edge of the Mac’s trackpad.
  2. You can see the option called DO NOT DISTURB. Just change the toggle to On. To disable this feature, toggle the option to the Off position.

Automatically Schedule Do Not Disturb

This is another way to put your Mac on Do Not Disturb. You can customize the setting based on your needs. The following is how to schedule this feature on your Mac:

1. In a Mac, go to Notification Center in the menu bar and click the Settings icon in the bottom-right corner to get the notification settings window.

2. Navigate to the Turn on Do Not Disturb section, schedule the feature:

  • If you want your Mac to keep quiet for some time, check the box next to From: [time] to: [time], and select the time range.
  • Also, you can put the machine to Do Not Disturb when your Mac display is sleeping, the screen is locked or when mirroring to TVs and projectors.

Furthering Reading: Do Not Disturb on Mac Shortcut

In addition to the above ways to enable Do Not Disturb, you can try to create a shortcut for your Mac to turn on this feature.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and click System Preferences > Keyboard.
  2. Under the Shortcuts tab, choose Mission Control and check the box next to Turn Do Not Disturb On/Off.
  3. Press Enter and then you can set a keyboard shortcut combination. Make sure the combination is unique and won’t overlap with other combinations.

After creation, you can easily use the shortcut to enable or disable Do Not Disturb.

Maybe you are trying to find a way to either disable the sound notifications on Windows 10 or change them to a less annoying sound. Here are the methods.

Final Words

Want to turn on Do Not Disturb on Mac but don’t know what to do? Take it easy and now you know much information after reading this post. Follow the given ways to easily do this work. Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comment part.

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Imagine an office that you can access with a few simple clicks. And leave just as quickly.

Slack is a virtual working space suitable for companies with a team of remote workers. You come to work by logging in and go home by logging out. When you return, you can catch up with the projects and messages you may have missed.

But can you receive notifications if something urgent comes up while you’re “out of office”? Or can you stop your devices from notifying you of new messages when you have a day off? Read on to find out.

Snoozed Notifications on Slack

There is a way to make sure that Slack notifications don’t bother you outside your working hours. And even if you are working, you may need to turn off all the distractions to help improve your focus. If you still haven’t taken any action regarding this issue, and you notice your notifications are snoozed, here’s the reason why.

As a new member, when you join your team on Slack, their previously adjusted settings will apply to your account as well. For example, if your team had set their snoozed notifications time from 10 PM to 8 AM, you won’t receive any during this time either.

How to Adjust Snoozed Notification Settings

If you want to snooze your notifications during a different period, you can easily change your settings without affecting your team. Here’s how:

From Desktop

  1. Open Slack in your web browser.
  2. Click on your team’s name in the top left corner then choose Preferences.
  3. Click on Notifications.
  4. Scroll down to Notification schedule then set the desired time when you want to receive notifications from Slack.

This feature is quite handy for the times you’re usually offline, so you don’t need to pause the notifications manually. But if you’re not looking to disable notifications during a specific period every day, and you only need this option temporarily, you can pause your notifications for a while.

By clicking on your Profile and choosing Pause notifications, you open a menu where you can choose a specific time to disable notifications from Slack – but just this one time. You have choices such as 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, Until tomorrow, or Custom.

But will your teammates know that you’ve snoozed the notifications? Yes, they will. They’ll see the usual green circle next to your name. But in this case, it will have the letter “z” attached. When they send you a message, they’ll also be notified that your notifications are currently turned off.

But there’s one important thing to remember. If there’s something urgent that you need to be notified about, your teammates can override the timing you’ve set. They can choose to notify you anyway. Therefore, don’t worry about missing something vital while you’re away.

From a Mobile Phone

If you’re using the Slack app on your smartphone, here’s what to do.

For iOS devices, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe left to access the sidebar with settings.
  2. Choose the Do Not Disturb option.
  3. Set the time during which you don’t want to receive notifications.
  4. When you no longer need the DND settings, tap the Do Not Disturb bell icon and select Turn off.

For Androids, do the following:

  1. Launch Slack on your phone.
  2. Tap the You tab at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose Do Not Disturb and adjust the time frame when you want your notifications paused.
  4. When you want to turn on notifications again, tap on Do Not Disturb again and then tap Turn off.

Other Notification Settings

On Slack, you receive notifications when:

  1. Someone sends you a direct message.
  2. Someone mentions you in a message within a channel.
  3. Someone messages the whole channel you’re in (using @channel, @everyone or @here).
  4. You have a Slackbot reminder.
  5. Someone uses your keyword (about topics you’re interested in).

You can use notification settings to customize your own. For instance, you can change what you want to be notified about, or the sound of your Slack notifications. Here’s how to do it:

From Desktop

  1. Click on your team’s name in the top left corner.
  2. Choose Preferences and then Notifications.
  3. On the next screen, you can choose what you want Slack to notify you about, what your keywords will be, set the Do Not Disturb times, and pick a sound for your Slack notifications. Also, you can decide what to do with your notifications if you’re inactive on desktop – send them to your mobile phone or your email.

From a Mobile Device

  1. Tap the You tab at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Choose Notifications from the list of options.
  3. Navigate through the options to customize your notifications.

Mute a Channel

If you want to be a part of a channel, but don’t want to receive notifications about new messages, you can mute that particular channel. The muted channel will appear at the bottom of the list of channels you’re a part of. You’ll still see new messages, but you won’t receive notifications about them.

From Desktop

  1. Go to your list of channels.
  2. Right-click on the desired channel.
  3. Choose Mute channel from the list.

From Mobile Devices

  1. Open the channel you want to mute.
  2. Tap on the channel’s name on top of the screen.
  3. Switch the toggle next to Mute channel to the right. It will go from grey to blue.

Setting Boundaries but Staying in Touch

Thankfully, the creators of Slack have thought of everything. The notification settings give you just the right amount of freedom but allow your colleagues to reach you in case of an emergency. You can also adjust the settings to give yourself a chance to focus and spend quality time away from work.

Do you snooze your notifications on Slack? When is your time off? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

What if your Slack status could quickly convey to your teammates in real-time whether you’re in a meeting, outside of working hours, or heads-down on a project? Good news! You can update your Slack status with Slack emoji to let your colleagues know your status.

Curious about creating more time in your workday? Clockwise optimizes your schedule to create a smarter calendar. You can learn more here. If you’d like to learn how to implement a time management toolkit for your team, we also offer solutions for teams.

Updating your Slack status

Slack allows you to let your team members know how quickly you’ll respond to messages and when you’re available.

Slack displays a dot next to your name to show your teammates whether you’re active or away, and whether you’ve paused your notifications.

By default, Slack determines whether you’re active or away based on your desktop activity. After 10 minutes of desktop and mobile inactivity, Slack automatically sets your status to “away.”

Set your availability

You can also manually set your Slack status to active or away at any time. To do this, click on your profile picture in the top right corner and click “Set yourself as away” if you’re currently active and “Set yourself as active” if you’re currently away.

How to set your Slack status emoji

Every status has an emoji associated with it. If you don’t select a custom status emoji, Slack displays a 💬 speech balloon by default.

Your team can see your status emoji next to your name. To see your full status they can click into your profile or hover their mouse over your status emoji on desktop.

Note: Colleagues in externally shared channels won’t be able to see your status.

To manually update your Slack status and associated emoji, click on your profile picture in the top right corner when the Slack desktop app is open and click into your status field, located right below “Active” or “Away.” Click the pencil. Then click on the emoji to select an emoji to replace the current one with a new emoji.

How to make Slack update your status automatically based on your calendar

To sync your availability to your Slack status automatically based on your calendar, check out Clockwise’s Google Calendar + Slack sync.

It’s the quickest, easiest way to sync Slack with Google Calendar. And it’s free.

If you’re a Clockwise user on G Suite, just click here to give Clockwise permission to easily integrate Slack with Google Calendar. If you’re not using Clockwise yet, click here to get started for free.

The first time you sign up for Clockwise, you can sync your calendar with Slack as part of the onboarding flow.

When you sync Google Calendar and Slack through Clockwise, a status-specific emoji will show up next to your name in Slack:

We also offer the option to turn on an automatic Do Not Disturb response when someone messages you when you’re out of office, in Focus Time, or otherwise unavailable based on your calendar. This lets your teammates know when they shouldn’t expect a fast response. It’s especially handy for remote work or working from home where you might be collaborating across time zones.

The Clockwise Slack sync also offers a daily forecast of your meetings to help you prepare for your day.

Going forward

There are multiple ways to quickly change your Slack status to away, busy, or a custom status and emoji. You can do it manually. Or, you can sync Slack with Google Calendar within G Suite. This Slack integration makes your work life easier in at least three ways:

  1. It can automatically update your status with your availability.
  2. It offers you and your teammates a preview of your day and your team’s day.
  3. It kills unwanted interruptions for deep focus with Do Not Disturb.

To start syncing Slack with Google Calendar, click here. If you’re not a Clockwise user yet, click here to get started for free.

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Slack is a useful tool — until its pings and notifications turn ever-present and irritating. Here’s how to take back control.

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  • By Chris Hoffman

    Slack promises an escape from email. But once you start using it, the excitement of replacing email quickly fades. At home, Slack’s notifications tempt you to work on the weekend. At work, the app is always there, pulling your focus away from real work with water cooler chatter. Wasn’t this supposed to be better?

    It can be, but you’ll need to configure Slack’s options first.

    Set boundaries with Do Not Disturb

    Do Not Disturb is crucial to healthy Slacking. When you’re in Do Not Disturb mode, Slack won’t send you any notifications. People can send you messages all they want — but you won’t have Slack constantly pinging your phone (or popping up on your desktop) with notifications. Your status icon will have a snooze symbol.

    Don’t worry — if there’s an emergency, people can choose to override your Do Not Disturb preference and have Slack send you a notification, anyway.

    There are two ways to use Do Not Disturb: manually and automatically. To use it manually, click the bell icon (in the desktop version of Slack) or open the menu and tap “Do Not Disturb” (on your phone.) Tell Slack how long you want to pause notifications. Select “Until Tomorrow” and Slack won’t bug you until 9 a.m. the next day. You could click this option whenever you’re done for the day to stop work from taking over your evening hours. Or, if you’re a keyboard ninja, use the “/dnd” command and specify a time period.

    Automatic mode is more powerful. Click the bell and select “Do Not Disturb schedule” to automatically enable Do Not Disturb mode at designated times. Do you work from 9 to 5? Tell Slack to automatically disable notifications from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Now you’ll get notifications only during working hours.

    Slack is working on an automatic weekend Do Not Disturb feature, but that’s not available yet. If you work Monday to Friday and have the weekends off, you can tell Slack to pause notifications “Until Next Week” when the workday is done on Friday. Or, use the “Custom” option to tell the app exactly how long you’ll be away from work.

    I manage a team of employees and freelancers all over the world, and Do Not Disturb is critical. No one has to worry about time zones before sending a message.

    Tell Slack which channels matter (and which don’t)

    Slack channels keep proliferating. Every Slack starts with a #random channel for off-topic chatter, and people tend to create more off-topic channels from there. That’s fine, but do you really need Slack notifying you about all those conversations?

    To really focus on what’s important, star your most important channels by clicking the star icon under each channel’s name. Starred channels will appear at the top of the list in Slack’s sidebar. You won’t have to dig past #random to find them.

    Mute channels you don’t need notifications from. When you mute a channel, it turns gray in the sidebar. It won’t turn bold and encourage you to click it when a new message arrives. To mute a channel, click the gear icon in a channel and select the “Mute” option.

    Slack recommends leaving channels you don’t care about, but muting is a good compromise for channels you kind of care about — or if you just don’t want your co-workers to see a message saying you’ve left the channel. This helps lessen the temptation of #random and other channels that aren’t critical. You can join the conversation on your own schedule.

    Stop Slack from turning deep work into slacking

    Slack can easily turn productive work hours into — well — slacking. If a message isn’t urgent, it probably shouldn’t interrupt your deep work.

    To focus without distractions, turn on Do Not Disturb mode for a while. You can put up a status message telling your co-workers you’re working on something important, too. Consider blocking off time for deep work and making it a regular part of your schedule, preventing Slack from becoming a sort of always-on electronic meeting that takes over your entire workday.

    Even when you’re active, Slack can be pretty noisy by default. I highly recommend going through its notification preferences and tuning the various sounds and other distractions to your liking. You can even control when Slack sends notifications to your phone instead of your computer — or, worse yet, emails you.

    Don’t take your work on vacation

    Take your vacation time without bringing the office with you. Don’t end up trying to relax with Slack notifications popping up on your phone. After all, you could answer this person’s question really fast — boom, now the app is open and you’re working.

    Taking a vacation from Slack is pretty easy. Use the Do Not Disturb feature, select “Custom” and tell Slack to mute notifications until you return to work. Let your co-workers know you’re gone by setting a custom status. In my status, I say I’m on vacation until a specific date and tell people whom they should contact instead. It’s like the Slack version of an out-of-office email reply.

    Slack is a work tool; treat it like one

    I love Slack, really. Anyone who looks down on Slack doesn’t remember the bad old days of endless email threads and lesser workplace chat apps. But Slack shouldn’t be ever-present in every minute of your life.

    These tips may not feel realistic if all of your co-workers are in Slack at all hours of the day. How can you step away when everyone else is always on?

    This is a problem older than Slack: It’s the same issue that leads to people responding to emails at all hours of the night. That’s a more difficult problem to tackle at your workplace, and it can’t be fixed by adjusting some settings in the Slack app.

    But Slack can be pernicious. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work, especially if you like your co-workers. The same people who might otherwise leave email at work may think nothing about chatting away in Slack after the workday is over. That’s a challenge more people will have to wrestle with as Slack penetrates more and more workplaces.

    Chris Hoffman is a tech journalist and editor in chief of How-To Geek, an online technology magazine. Follow him on Twitter @chrisbhoffman.

    A new “do not disturb” mode gives users an option to silence the pings.

    One of the great features of Slack, the instant-messaging service many workplaces use, is how easy it can be to reach any colleague. For those on the receiving end of such “pings,” the notifications they receive can be at times largely helpful, but at others hugely distracting. A Slack alert can come at inconvenient moments: when a person is in the middle of a meeting (ping!), deeply immersed in a project (ping!), or at home post-work simply unwinding (ping!).

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    Last week, Slack (which is used here at The Atlantic) announced the launch of a new “Do Not Disturb” mode, an effort to help remedy this particular externality of the service. The feature reflects a growing emphasis by companies, on creating digital tools that allow users to demarcate boundaries for their apps—such as the one between work and home.

    Similar to the “away message” of yore, Slack’s “Do Not Disturb” option lets others know that a user is not available through an accompanying icon, and also mutes any messages that are sent in that user’s direction, aggregating the notifications for delivery when the individual comes back online. According to a Slack post explaining this new option, its development is intended to help users place their full attention on a task or activity at hand:

    Whether you need a few uninterrupted hours to attend to that mounting to-do list, plan to devote your entire evening to watching your kids’ living room rendition of “Annie,” or conversely, are struck by a brilliant idea in the wee hours that you just have to share: Do Not Disturb is here, for helping maintain business as usual (and make room for the other stuff too).

    In the case of utmost emergency, users can still break through the “Do Not Disturb” shield and send a message, a practice intended for use “sparingly.”

    According to Paul Rosania, a senior product manager at Slack and in-house expert on the new feature, one of the big motivations behind its development was not only to ease the minds of recipients, but also that of senders who are active night owls or based in different time zones. “One thing we’ve heard from teams, and experienced ourselves, is anxiety about contacting people outside working hours, for fear of interrupting personal time or sleep,” he says, “You might have a question or idea any time of day or night, and want to share it with a teammate right away so you don’t forget.” The development of this mechanism is partly a response to the increasing flexibility and ambiguity of individual work hours, and an effort to customize people’s experiences with Slack to accommodate their unique schedules and preferences.

    “Most people don’t typically ‘sign off’ from Slack—just like you wouldn’t disconnect your email or messaging apps from your phone or computer,” says Rosania. Instead, the messages that are sent through it become part of a user’s daily stream of buzzes and alerts. On a smartphone, for example, Slack notifications about project deadlines could wind up sandwiched within a thread of family texts planning winter vacation. As such, the constant presence of Slack notifications can blur the boundaries between work and life outside of it. It can also give a person the feeling of always being on-call. The “Do Not Disturb” feature is a means for reinstating limits, creating a digital, personally defined 9-to-5 of sorts. “Do Not Disturb” comes on a default setting which turns that mode on between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day, something that can be adjusted as needed. Company administrators also have the power to change this setting, disable it, or leave it up to individuals to decide what works best.

    Last fall, my colleague Gillian White covered the findings of a poll that found that 41 percent of those currently employed say their jobs require them to be in contact outside the office. That same study discovered that people don’t necessarily mind a longer workday, but their greater complaint lies around unpredictable work that they can’t control or plan for. In another Atlantic piece, Carl Cederstrom notes, “The boundaries between work and leisure have effectively dissolved, and the 8-hour workday has made way for the 24/7 workweek.” This evolution of the amorphous workday, including a need to constantly be on top of email, can have a range of effects on productivity, stress, and even health, many of them negative for workers.

    Technology companies helped facilitate this nebulous, “always-on,” culture, and now some of them, like Slack, are designing their products so users can wrest some control back. Rosania notes that while the company’s feature is unique to the Slack platform, the team also admires the “Do Not Disturb” feature of Apple’s iOS as well as the Snooze Notifications of Google Hangouts. Email clients including Microsoft Outlook also offer different ways to code messages, so those that need an immediate response are very clearly marked and enable users to efficiently prioritize. In France and Germany, there have been efforts by the government to urge companies to resist sending emails to workers late in the day.

    Slack’s feature has the potential to help those on the platform turn work off after leaving the office, and to set a broader industry norm for making this type of option available. Its ultimate impact, however, like that of many work-life balance policies, will be determined not by its availability, but by whether people choose to use it.

    A smartphone is a nightmare when it comes to notifications. You get a lot of them even if you don’t want them from an app you just installed to edit your pictures for social media. These notifications keep you glued to your smartphone for no reason. Don’t worry, we have come with a quick trick on how to disable notifications on Android for any app.

    So, here we have a quick solution for you so you won’t get annoying notifications while working or taking a nap. We will also tell you about the Do not disturb feature which your phone got but you don’t know about it yet.

    How to Disable Notifications From a Particular app

    1] To disable notification from a particular app, go to the Settings app first.

    2] The navigate to Apps and Notifications > See all apps > select the Particular app.

    3] You can now do a bunch of tweaks to switch the notification type or just disable it altogether.

    4] To disable it, just disable the toggle beside the Reminders setting.

    5] You can also go to the Reminders to silent the notification so your phone won’t ring every time you receive notification from that app.

    How to Enable Do Not Disturb on Android smartphone

    You can completely disable notifications on your Android using its built-in Do Not Disturnb mode. To enable the Do not disturb on your smartphone:

    1] First, bring down the quick settings panel, and tap the Do not disturb toggle.

    2] To tweak the settings, you can tap and hold the toggle to go to the settings.

    3] Once you are in the Do not disturb settings, you can tweak a bunch of settings.

    4] You can enable disable calls, messages, alarms, reminders, and events.

    5] You can also add apps to the exception list so those apps can send notification while in Do not disturb mode.

    Wrapping up

    This is how you can dodge unwanted notifications while you take a nap or concentrate on a project. For more tips and tricks like this, you can follow the GadgetsToUse on social media to stay updated.