Pause notifications with do not disturb

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

How DND works

  • All notifications and @mentions will be paused. Once you resume notifications, you can review the messages that 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 about an urgent message.


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 Turn off, or hover over Adjust time to choose a time frame.

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. Tap Turn off or choose a new time frame.

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. Tap Turn off or choose a new time frame.

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


Set a notification schedule

For the times that you're routinely offline, you can set a notification schedule. With a schedule in place, you'll only receive notifications during certain hours on days that you choose. Outside of those times, notifications will be paused.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Hover over Pause notifications, then select Set a notification schedule from the menu.
  3. Scroll down to Notification schedule
  4. Open the drop-down menu below Allow notifications and select an option: Every dayWeekdays or Customise. If you select Customise, untick the box next to any days that you don't want to receive notifications. 
  5. Choose a start and end time for notifications. Your settings will automatically save, so click on the  close icon when you’ve finished. 
  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Notifications
  3. Tap Notification schedule
  4. Tap Allow notifications at the top of the screen and select an option: Every dayWeekdays or Customise. If you choose Customise, tap any day that you don't want to receive notifications, then toggle notifications off. 
  5. Choose a start and end time for notifications. For Every day or Weekdays, tap Start or End to choose when you'll receive notifications on those days. For Customise, tap any day, then select your Start and End times. 
  1. Tap the  You tab at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Notifications
  3. Tap Notification schedule
  4. Tap Allow notifications at the top of the screen and select an option: Every dayWeekdays or Customise. If you choose Customise, tap the toggle next to any day to turn notifications off. 
  5. Choose a start and end time for notifications. For Every day or Weekdays, tap Start or End to choose when you'll receive notifications on those days. For Customise, tap any day, then select your Start and End times. Your settings will save automatically. 

Note: If a workspace owner or admin has set a default do not disturb schedule for your workspace or Enterprise Grid organisation, the schedule that you set will override any default settings. 


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

Who can use this feature?
  • All members
  • Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid