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How to change the Slack notification sound

Need a better notification sound in Slack? You have options.

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Slack notification sounds can help you to keep tabs on all of your important work notifications, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

You are also not limited to the default Knock Rush notification sound, however. There are a few other options to choose from when configuring your Slack notification sound.

If you work multiple jobs and belong to different Slack channels, you can easily distinguish incoming notifications by setting different notification sounds for each channel.

What’s more, you can configure your Slack notification sound on your desktop as well as on the Slack mobile app, ensuring you don’t miss a thing, whether at your desk or at a coffee shop.

How Slack notification sounds work

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To get Slack notifications, you have to first enable notifications on your desktop as well as on your mobile. We’ll show you how to do that in a bit.

By default, Slack only notifies you about direct messages (DMs), mentions, and keywords.

However, you can easily change this to receive notifications for all new messages, messages directed to you (including mentions and keywords), or nothing at all.

Also, by default, Slack desktop notifications, once enabled, are delivered via Slack for Windows 7, and via the Windows Action Centre for Windows 10 and later.

Changing your Slack notification sound on desktop

Here’s how to change your Slack notification sound on your desktop.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

  1. First, enable Slack notifications. To do so, open the Slack desktop app or sign in to your Slack account.

  2. Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of your screen and click on Preferences. You can also click on your organization’s name in the left pane and select Preferences
    Slack preference screen

  3. Click on the Notifications button in the left pane, then click on the green Enable desktop notifications button to your right if you haven’t enabled it previouslySlack preference screen

  4. Click Allow in your browser’s pop-up to enable notifications. Ensure that you grant permission to Slack to access your microphone if you have a pop-up blocker, otherwise, you may be unable to access the sound notification settingsSlack microphone enable screen

  5. Under the Notify me about… section, change your preference from Nothing to either of the other available options
    Slack preference screen

  6. Now, scroll all the way down to the “Sound and appearance” section. You can uncheck the “Include a preview of the message in each notification” box for extra privacySlack preference screen

  7. Click on the Notification sound dropdown (showing the default sound, Knock Brush)
    Slack preference screen

  8. Select from the available notification sounds. You can also set notification sounds for Huddles, when you send a DM, or when you receive a DM while still in an ongoing conversationSlack preference screen

  9. When you select a sound, Slack will play a preview of it. If you don’t like the sound, try another one until you find one you like

  10. When you’re done, click on the x button to close the Preferences dialog boxSlack preference screen

Changing your Slack notification sound on mobile

Changing your Slack notification sound on mobile is also as easy and straightforward as on the desktop app. Here’s how to change your Slack notification sound using the Slack mobile app.

1. Open the Slack mobile app

2. Tap on the You button in the bottom-right corner of your screen

Slack preference mobile
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3. Tap on Notifications, then tap on System options

Slack preference mobile screen
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4. Tap on Sound. If you can’t find the “Sound” option, then you’ll need to grant app permissions to Slack to use your microphone. To do so, go to your home screen and long-press on the Slack app > App permissions > Microphone > Allow

Then repeat the preceding steps above, i.e., You > Notifications > Sound. Upon tapping Sound this time around, you should see the option to select sounds

Slack preference mobile screen
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5. Scroll through the options and select a category

6. Scroll through the list and make a selection by tapping on the bell icon

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7. Tap Ok to confirm your selection and wait for it to download. It will be applied automatically

That’s all you need to do to change your Slack notification sound to your preferred tone on your mobile phone. The process is essentially the same on Android and iOS.

Perhaps your idea of changing your Slack notification sound is to mute it altogether. In that case, go to Profile > Preferences > Notifications > Sound and appearance > Mute all sounds from Slack.

Different notifications to keep you abreast

There are other ways you can manage your Slack notifications so that you never miss a thing. You can configure channel-specific notifications, email notifications, keyword notifications, and mentions notifications.

You can also set your badge notification preferences for unread messages, mobile notification timing, set up a notification schedule, and adjust your notification triggers.

This is essential for users who belong to multiple Slack channels. In that case, it is also a good idea to set up different notification sounds for different channels.

This way, you can tell without looking, which of your Slack channels received a notification just by the notification sound.

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Joy Okumoko is a freelance technology writer who loves all things tech. She spends her spare time crocheting and working on her crafts.

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