Tame your Slack notifications

Tap for five tips to tailor your Slack settings.


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Slack is a handy way to connect colleagues, friends, and fans of just about any subject into an online community. Here are five ways to tailor the app’s settings on your iPhone or iPad to manage your notifications and get the most out of Slack.

Prioritise important channels, silence the others

Slack groups usually have multiple channels for different conversations. Although leaving a channel is one way to silence its alerts, there are less drastic measures to take.

Open the channel (or group message) in Slack and tap on its title, then select Notifications. Here you can choose to either “Mute Entire Channel,” ignore certain kinds of @channel pings, or only get notified about specific mentions or keywords on your iPhone or iPad (without affecting your desktop alerts).

Suspend notifications when you’re out

Spending the day at the park? Mute Slack notifications for a channel by tapping the triple-dot menu in the upper right corner and selecting Snooze Notifications. You can quiet Slack for as little as 20 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Schedule daily do-not-disturb times

You can also stop Slack from messaging you at the same time each day. Tap the triple-dot menu in the upper right corner and select Settings, then go into the Do Not Disturb setting. Here, schedule a specific time every day to silence your Slack channel.

Wrangle your desktop and mobile alerts

In Slack’s notification preferences, you can limit both how and where you’re notified.

For example, you can choose to get alerts on your iPhone and Slack’s desktop client simultaneously, or only after your desktop has been idle. This is a great way to eliminate duplicate alerts.

Make good use of keywords

Keyword notifications can be set for any word or even an emoji (in case your boss signals important documents with 🚨).

Tap the triple-dot menu in the upper right corner, select Settings, then Notifications. Toward the bottom, select the My Keywords option and enter all the keywords or emoji you always want to be notified about.


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