Configuring notifications options for Teams & Channels
Thanks for all of your feedback. The team has been hard at work on improving notifications, and has added more options for Teams & Channels. You can find detailed information on configuring and managing notifications in Teams here: https://support.office.com/article/manage-notifications-in-teams-1cc31834-5fe5-412b-8edb-43fecc78413d
This UserVoice item has evolved to cover many other suggestions over time. We are setting this item to completed, but please feel free to upvote/comment on the items below, as well as create additional ones that may be missing.
1) Integrate with Windows 10 Notifications Center – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/16950997
2) Integrate with MacOS notifications – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/16941685
3) Visual notifications are easily missed – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/18161440
4) Improve audio notifications – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/18931243
5) Follow channels by default – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/18626221
6) Turn off preview in notification toasts – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/32624690
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Younghwan Jang commented
I'd like to mute notifications for a specific channel
Sam Neal commented
This suggestion is still needed. "Follow a channel" is not adequate. Even though I've unfollowed a channel, I still get notifications and alerts whenever someone mentions @General in the unfollowed channel.
I'd like to remain a member of some teams for reference only, as I'm not a member of the team, but I need to interact with the team from time to time. I'd like to jump into their chats when I need to, but not be a part of their ongoing day-to-day work.
Increasing the granularity of notification settings is one way to do this. It might also work to have an "Associate" member classification (not just Owner and Member), where "Associates" will not get alerted when the team or channel is mentioned. Then Owners would be able to add "Associates" across the organization, without every one of those associates then needing to "turn down" or "fine tune" their notification settings.
I've added the "Associate" member as a new idea, though both ideas are likely needed, so Owners can control default privileges and notifications, but members can have finer control. ---> https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/19429993-add-associate-classification-for-team-participan
Recently I'm not getting as many notifications as I used to, to the point i'm missing things.
Previously the Mute! feature would have been great, with some form of expiration option. 1 hour, 1 day, etc..
The specific use case I am most interested in supporting is the ability to "mute" notifications for a specific team. I have a team that I need visibility into but have no interest in receiving notifications when someone tags the entire team or channel which they do a lot.
Notifications are still a complete disaster in Teams - I never get any notifications no matter how many channels I follow or settings I select. I don't get how this can be so difficult, Skype has been doing a great job forever.
Very much needed, yes.
[Deleted User] commented
Yes, still sorely needed. At the very least:
- allow different notification sounds. the default sound is very easy to get lost in other sounds, for example if music is playing it is almost impossible to make out.
- allow notification sounds without a banner notification. The sound(assuming I can hear it, see first point) is enough to let me know a message has arrived - I don't also need something popping up over whatever I'm working on.
Joseph Bandzi commented
In our team we have an off topic chat, if someone uses an @channel it would provide a notification. I would prefer to not have any notifications to come from our off topic chat.
John West commented
We have users that cannot hear the tiny nudge sound and want to set it to something louder.
I agree with many other posters here, more granularity and control would be great. Basically look at Slack and Hipchat and think "let's do that". Done.
Jake Hedstrom commented
Totally agree here - coming from using Slack prior to Teams the granularity in notification settings isn't quite there yet. We really require the ability to;
- Select what type of notification you'd like to recieve per channel e.g banner, email etc.
- what type of post triggers an notification e.g all posts, only @mentions, @channelmentions etc
- and also one I really miss from Slack is the ability to manually snooze notifications for a given period of time, and also set my work hrs so I'm not bombarded with notifications when I'm not meant to be working.
Thanks for considering
I realize that Teams should cut down on email but there's too many people in my organization who will need to interact entirely with channel conversations via their exchange email accounts. Will that be added to Teams? At least the ability to see all the conversation thread in emails and the ability to reply to the conversation from email and have it post to the thread. Thanks this is looking good.
Constance Brown commented
I would like this feature as well. My company teams by department, then channels for each project. Many projects are not relevant to me, but some are. I'd like to mute the notifications for channels that aren't relevant to me.
Andy Pearce commented
Another heavy Slack user here...
In it's current incarnation, MS Teams is a great start... but would be so much more useful with all of the features that others are asking for in this Uservoice thread. Please add them ASAP
Coming from Slack not being able to set notifications on a channel specific level is really a MAJOR drawback. We utilize API integrations which make some channels noisy, and have a strong need for push notifications for specific channels, excluding these noisy ones.
Follow a Channel is nice - it does let us get close to the functionality we are looking for, but it would still be nice to be able to select different follow notification options per channel. Currently it looks like if I'm following a channel, I'm getting the same notification rules for all, rather than being able to set some channels to banner notifications and others to include email. Would also recommend making each available option a checkbox instead of adding options like "Banner and Email"
Matt O commented
I'd be looking for customisation at a level comparable with Slack, or even Skype actually i.e. disabled per channel, or only notify for mentions or keywords etc. Custom sounds per team or channel etc. Like many users in the comments, we are coming from Slack, and on the desktop and mobile client, it could be deal breaking omission.
My group definitely needs this. We aren't being notified when new items are being posted in the Teams conversations. One of the features that sold us on Teams was the Town Crier. Not being able to see notifications for Teams has rendered our town crier feature basically useless. If this isn't fixed we may not be able to continue using Teams.
V. Labrecque commented
This is preventing us from migrating. People would typically be part of 6-7 fairly large "teams", but only be interested in one or two channels. When we tried it, even with <10% of our user base, people were overwhelmed by the amount of notifications they would get.
I have dropped S4B and migrated comepletely over to Teams in our org (100+ employees).
I get alot of complaints from users who want to be able to "mute" particular channels that may/may not apply to them. Currently you can only turn off notifications globally which is not effective.
Many of our users have turned off notifications entirely because they have no way to control which channels alert them - this is killing the adoption of the platform because now no one sees anything going on.
Harry Stearns commented
for each team, channel, and general chat. I would like to be able to set a custom audio alert for each one using any type of wave file or mp3 file. Be able to set the volume independently for each audio alert, as well as being able to mute each one independently. Same thing for popup notifications per channel.