Manage notifications for specific channels and direct messages

Notifications in Slack are designed to keep you informed whether you're at your desk or on the go. To get notifications about the things you care about most, you can set notification preferences for specific channels and direct messages (DMs) with three or more people. 

Tip: You can mute conversations to turn off notifications, allowing you to read new messages when you want. 

Configure conversation-specific notifications

You can choose to be notified about every new message, just mentions, or nothing in channels and DMs with three or more people. Here’s how:



  1. Open a channel or group DM.
  2. Click the channel or member names in the conversation header.
    Gif of a cursor clicking the channel name in the channel header
  3. Below the conversation name, click the notifications drop-down menu.
  4. Choose your notification preference.
  5. Click the  close icon in the top right when you're done.

Tip: To set different notification preferences for your mobile device, click More notification options and check the box next to Use different settings for mobile devices.

  1. From a channel or group DM, tap the conversation name.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Choose your preference for the conversation.

Review conversation-specific notifications

You can view a list of channels and group DMs with conversation-specific notification settings (including muted conversations) from your preferences.



  1. Click your profile picture in the sidebar.
    Static image of a cursor clicking the profile picture menu in the Slack app
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Scroll down to Channel-specific notifications.

Tip: You can click the  close icon next to any conversation to reset notifications back to their default setting.

  1. Tap your profile picture at the top of your screen.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Channel-Specific Notifications.