Pause notifications with Do Not Disturb

If you need focus time or time away from work, you can pause your notifications in Slack with Do Not Disturb (DND). Use DND as needed to help you concentrate, and even set a DND schedule for routine times you'd prefer not to be notified.

How does DND work?

  • All notifications and @mentions will be paused. Once you resume notifications, you can review everything you received while in DND.
  • Members will see a  Do Not Disturb icon next to your name. When sending a direct message, they can override DND to notify you of urgent messages.


Pause notifications

Desktop

iOS

Android

Turn on DND

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications.
  3. Choose a time frame from the menu or select Custom to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications.
  3. Select Resume notifications now, or hover over Adjust time to choose a time frame.

Tip: On desktop, setting your status to the default Vacationing suggestion will turn on DND. You'll automatically start getting notifications again when you clear your status or after six weeks.

Turn on DND

  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Do not disturb.
  3. Select a timeframe from the list, or tap Custom to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Do not disturb.
  3. Select Turn Off or choose a new timeframe.

Turn on DND

  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Do not disturb.
  3. Tap Snooze notifications.
  4. Select a timeframe from the list, or tap Custom to set your own.

Turn off or adjust DND

  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Do not disturb.
  3. Tap Snoozed.
  4. Select Turn off or choose a new timeframe.


Set a DND schedule

For the times you're routinely offline, you can set a Do Not Disturb schedule. With a schedule in place, your notifications will pause every day between the hours you've specified. Keep in mind that Workspace Owners and Admins can set a default Do Not Disturb schedule for their members.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications, then select Do Not Disturb schedule from the menu.
  3. Under Do Not Disturb, check the box next to Automatically disable notifications and select a start and end time. Your settings will automatically save, so click the  close icon when you're done.
  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Preferences.
  3. Tap Do not disturb.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Scheduled, then choose a start and end time. Your settings will automatically save.
  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Do not disturb.
  3. Tap the toggle next to Scheduled, then choose a start and end time. Your settings will automatically save.

Tip: To set yourself to DND over the weekend, pause your notifications until the time and date you'll be back at work. There isn’t currently a way to automatically pause notifications every weekend. 


DND shortcuts and commands

Short on time? Use a slash command to turn DND on or off:

  • /dnd [some description of time] to pause notifications
  • /dnd off to resume notifications


/dnd examples

Pause notifications...

 

for a specific time frame

/dnd for 15 mins
/dnd 15 minutes

until a specific time of day /dnd until 17:00
/dnd until 5pm
until a general time of day

/dnd until tonight
/dnd until tomorrow morning