With Slack, you can now choose when to receive daily notifications so that you can finally stop receiving Slack pings over the weekend.
Previously, you could use Slack to determine when you were "available" to receive notifications. However, these settings were also applied to the weekends. That meant you could distract Slack and get unnecessary notifications on your computer or phone while enjoying an otherwise lazy Sunday.
You can set notification settings per day
Now you can choose when you want to receive notifications, but on weekends (or on the days / times that best suit your schedule) you can enable a blanket policy for non-notification if you want.
If you've turned off notifications, you're in Slack's DND (Do Not Disturb) mode. This means that other users in your Slack workspace will see a small "z" on the dot next to your name that indicates your status. When you open Slack in DND, red badges still appear on channels that mention you or a keyword, and for direct messaging. However, you will not receive notification of these messages. (However, if this is required, users can still send you a notification while in DND by sending you direct messages and forcing Slack to send a notification.)
If you want to fine-tune your Slack notifications, do the following.
On the desktop app:
- Click the arrow next to the name of your Slack organization and hover over "Stop notifications." In the menu that appears, click "Set Notification Schedule".
- In the menu that opens, under the "Allow notifications" heading, there is a drop-down menu where you can choose to allow notifications every day, only on weekdays, or on a custom schedule. There are also drop-down menus that let you choose when you want to receive notifications.
On the mobile apps:
- Tap the "You" icon on the far right of the toolbar and then tap "Notifications".
- In the Notifications menu, tap "Notification Schedule".
- Then tap "Allow notifications" and you can choose to receive notifications every day, only on weekdays or on a custom schedule.
That's it! Once you have made your settings, they should be synchronized on your devices. Hopefully, by adjusting these settings, you can reduce the number of notifications you get when you don't want to receive them, and you can enjoy weekends without Slack notifications.