How To Get Slack Notifications On Desktop

If you’re part of a team that uses Slack for communication, it’s important to be notified about your team’s updates, messages or mentions. There’s no point in using Slack if you’re not keeping up with the conversations. The good news is, you can get Slack notifications directly on your desktop. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open Slack

Start by opening your Slack application on your desktop.

Step 2: Navigate to Preferences

Click on your workspace name in the top left corner. A dropdown menu will appear. From this menu, select Preferences.

Step 3: Adjust Your Notification Settings

In the Preferences window, click on Notifications on the left side. Depending on how you want to use Slack, you have multiple options for when and how to get notified:

  • All new messages: Get a notification for every new message in your workspace.
  • Direct messages, mentions & keywords: Get notifications only when someone sends you a direct message, mentions you or uses one of your keywords.
  • Nothing: Don’t receive any notifications. Use this if you don’t want to be disturbed.

You can also choose whether to see preview content of messages and how long to wait before you’re marked as idle.

Step 4: Enable Desktop Notifications

Scroll down to the section titled When I’m not active on desktop… Here, you can choose how you’d like to receive desktop notifications:

  • Send notifications to my computer: This is the option you’ll want to select to get desktop notifications.
  • Never: Select this option if you don’t wish to get desktop notifications.

Once you’ve made your selection, close the Preferences window. That’s it! You will now start receiving Slack notifications directly on your desktop.


By setting up desktop notifications, you can stay on top of your Slack conversations without having to constantly monitor the app. Notifications can help you stay engaged with your team while also freeing up your time to focus on other tasks. Now that you know how to enable desktop notifications on Slack, you’ll never miss an important update again!