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How to turn off Microsoft Teams notifications

Microsoft Teams is home to lots of activity; chat messages, video calls, shared files, new members, channel announcements, and more. To manage all this, and to manage the noise so many different types of notifications can create, Microsoft Teams offers users fine-grain control over which notifications they get.

The fine-grain control over notifications in Microsoft Teams allows users to choose what notifications will appear on their desktop in the form of a toast alert, and which activity will not trigger a toast alert. It may take a little time, but it is worth setting them up so that you can use Microsoft Teams more effectively. 

Microsoft Teams notifications

How to turn off Microsoft Teams notifications

If you have Microsoft Teams installed, you can choose to individually turn off each and every single type of notification that the app can send you. Since setting them up is time-consuming, you should turn them off at an OS level. This will allow you to keep your notification settings in Microsoft Teams as they are but still turn them off.

Turn off Microsoft Teams notifications – Windows 10

Microsoft Teams does not yet support the native notifications system on Windows 10 on the stable version. It does support it in the preview version which is only available to business/enterprise users.

Switching to the preview version takes a little effort.

1. Enable developer preview – Microsoft Teams admin

  1. Visit the Microsoft Teams admin center.
  2. In the column on the left, select Teams.
  3. Select Update policy.
  4. Select the Global policy and click Edit.
  5. Turn the Show preview features switch on.
  6. Click Apply.

2. Enable preview feature – Microsoft Teams app

  1. Quit and open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Sign in.
  3. Click your profile picture and go to About>Public Preview.
  4. Accept the prompt.
  5. Restart Microsoft Teams.
  6. Sign in.

3. Enable Windows 10 native notifications

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click your profile picture and select Settings.
  3. Go to the Notifications tab.
  4. Open the Notification style dropdown and select Windows.
  5. Restart Microsoft Teams.

4. Turn off Microsoft Teams notifications

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to System.
  3. Select Notifications & actions.
  4. Turn the Microsoft Teams switch off.

Note: Microsoft Teams may take considerable time to show up in the Settings app.

Turn off Microsoft Teams notifications – Microsoft Teams free and Mac

If you have the free version of Microsoft Teams or you’re using it on a Mac, you can turn off all notifications by following these steps.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click your profile picture at the top and select Settings.
  3. Go to the Notifications tab.
  4. Click Edit next to each type of notification and turn it off.


Microsoft Teams uses its own notifications system on both Windows 10 and macOS. This is an exceptionally unfortunate shortcoming of the app. It has taken years for Microsoft Teams to add native Windows 10 feature support in the preview version and it is unclear when it will be made available to general users. Microsoft Teams has not indicated if it will add similar support for macOS native notifications. 

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