How To Mute Slack Notifications & Conversations – A 101 Guide for Your Sanity

Are you struggling with constant Slack distractions murdering your productivity? Do you desperately want to minimize notifications but still stay in the loop?

In this beginner‘s guide, I‘ll demonstrate different techniques to mute Slack conversations on desktop and mobile so you can reclaim your precious attention and do your best work.

Whether you need a full social media blackout to power through deep tasks or just want your devices to stop dinging so loudly, I‘ve got you covered.

By the end, you‘ll have expert-level knowledge for customizing exactly which notification triggers you receive and when. Let the muting begin!

An Overview of Slack Muting Approaches

Before diving into the how-to, let‘s briefly overview the main ways you can eliminate comms chaos:

👉 Mute all notifications across devices
👉 Customize notification triggers
👉 Prevent sound effects from notifications
👉 Mute certain busy channels
👉 Mute distracting direct messages

The awesome thing is you can use these options independently or combine them to create the exact modified radio silence circumstances you need to succeed.

Now let‘s get into the nitty gritty details of employing these attention-saving techniques in Slack…

Method #1: Mute ALL The Things! 🤫

When you desperately need 2+ hours of uninterrupted mindsweep time (I‘m talking Jason Bourne levels of concentration), muting literally everything is the way to go.

This will instantly silence every ping, flash and banner across the entire multiverse of your linked devices. Here‘s how to pull it off:

Step 1) Click your profile pic and select Preferences
Step 2) Choose "Notify me about…nothing"
Step 3) Toggle off mobile notifications too for good measure!

![Mute all notifications screenshot](mute-all.png)
*Shutting down the digital noise across platforms*

I‘d recommend this nuclear option when:

  • You have an urgent deadline or high-stakes deliverable to power through
  • You have back-to-back meetings/calls but still need to monitor messages between
  • You need to detox from all the @ channel spam madness

Pro Tip: You can schedule "Do Not Disturb" times directly on your calendar so Slack knows not to even think about bothering you! More on that later…

Now let‘s look at more precision ways to eliminate sources of distraction while staying looped into priority comms.

Method #2: Adjust Your Notification Triggers 🔧

Rather than outright muting everything, you can specify which types of messages warrant alerting you…

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