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How to pause Slack notifications

Slack notifications distracting you? Here’s how to snooze them

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Slack is one of the handiest tools when managing a remote workforce, letting them all stay in touch. The constant deluge of Slack notifications can be a little much at times, especially from busy servers.

Sometimes you want to step away for a little while and not get notified of every last little message.

That’s okay. I mean, self-care is very important. If your Slack server is full of people constantly talking, it doesn’t take long for that gentle notification jingle to be a sharpened dagger poking into your temples.

Thankfully, Slack has an inbuilt feature that lets you turn off notifications for a set period so you can decompress. Here’s how to use it.

How to pause notifications on Slack (desktop)

Slack has changed where the pause button for your notifications lives. Now it’s fewer steps, making it easier to silence those busy Slack servers.

Open the Slack appslack app windows 11
Click on your profile picture at the top rightslack desktop app
Scroll down to Pause notificationsslack desktop app
You can choose from For 30 minutes, For 1 hour, For 2 hours, Until Tomorrow, or Customslack notification pause
The new Notification Schedule lets you set a schedule, so you’ll only get notifications within these hours
You’ll notice a “Z” added to the availability icon next to your profile pictureslack desktop app
To resume notifications, go back to the Pause notifications menu, and click on Resume notificationsslack unpause notifications

Now you know everything you need about pausing your desktop Slack notifications. What if you usually use the app? Read on to find out how to silence those.

How to pause notifications on Slack (mobile app)

If you prefer to use Slack from your iPhone or Android phone, you can quickly snooze notifications if you need some peace and quiet. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Slack app on your iPhone or Android device and go to the server you want to pause notifications on
  1. Tap on the You icon at the bottom right
slack notifications menu on mobile
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  1. Then on Pause notifications
slack notifications pause option
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  1. You’ll get the same choices from For 30 minutes, For 1 hour, For 2 hours, Until Tomorrow, or Custom
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  1. To Resume notifications before the time set, navigate back to the above menu and tap Resume notifications
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Slack notifications don’t have to control your life

Now you know how to turn off notifications on Slack. This means you’ll be able to work in peace without being constantly pinged by someone.

Just remember to set your notification snooze time correctly, as you don’t want your boss getting mad that you’ve missed all of their messages for the day.

What do you think? Does the Slack notification annoy you? Plan on turning them off? Let us know down below in the comments, or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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