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Manage notifications in Teams

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Applies to: Microsoft Teams.

There are several ways to reach and manage notifications. To go one step further to customise your notification settings, choose your profile picture at the top, right corner of Teams, then press Settings button Settings > Activity button Notifications. Within here, you can refine the type of notifications you acquire and the location in which such notifications appear. 

In Activity on the left side of Teams, pick More options More options button on a notification. Within the menu, you can flag up a notification as read or unread. You can even activate or deactivate notifications for a certain channel, if preferred.

Stop e-mail notifications

Select on your profile picture in the top right of the app, then press Settings button   Settings > Activity button Notifications.

Now you can format your desired variety of notifications for every kind of activity on Teams. Conversely, simply ensure all activity types are set in the opposite ways if you’d prefer to receive no e-mails.
Use dropdown menus to turn on, off, or change the type of notifications you want in Microsoft TeamsUse the drop-down menus to stop email notifications. 
Keep notifications in the app

Choose Only show in feed. This means every notification will be delivered to your activity feed, which you can locate at the top left corner of Teams.
The app will still present notifications on your desktop taskbar without any displayed pop-up.
Image of Teams notifications settings option to only show notifications in the activity feed.
Get notified in app and on desktop

Click Banner and feed and you’ll get notifications as both a desktop notification and as an alert in your activity feed.

On Windows, notification banners will emerge in the bottom right of your screen. On macOS, they appear in the top right.
Image of Teams notifications settings showing how to get notifications in Teams and as a banner notification.
Turn off notifications for specific conversations

Find the beginning of a conversation in a channel, then visit the top right corner of the message and press More options  More options button > Turn off notifications. Similar to muting a chat, switching off notifications to a channel conversation will prevent you from obtaining updates for that certain conversation.

You’ll still obtain notifications if someone directly mentions you.
Image of setting to turn off notifications for channel conversationsTurn off notifications to mute a channel conversation.
Choose your channel notifications

Find a channel that displays in your teams list and choose More options > Channel notifications. Within here, you can decide what activity you receive notifications for, and where they appear.

Automatically, channel mentions are dormant and each new post will merely display in Activity.
Image of channel notification button in the more options menu.Image of channel notification settings.

Refer to The six things to know about notifications to learn more.

Notification tips and tricks

How to get all notifications for all activity

Instantly, you’ll solely get notifications for teams and channels that you have left visible in your teams list. To ensure you have all your relevant channels, follow the directions at Show or hide teams and channels.

After you’ve acquired all your channels in your desired location, you’ll begin getting notifications in Activity. If you’d even prefer to receive these notifications on your desktop, click Settings Notifications > and pick Edit under Shown channels and press Banner and feed

And how to turn down the noise

Some easy ways to sharpen your focus on the activity that’s crucial to you:

  • Switch off desktop notifications for activity you don’t need to respond to right away. Pick either Feed only or Off.
  • Hide a channel to toggle off activity and desktop notifications. Hidden channels will emerge in your list if a message is marked important or once someone @mentions you or the channel.
  • Format your presence to Do not disturb to secure some quiet time. This won’t alter your notification settings, but it will mute notifications until you modify your presence back.
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