How to Easily Disable Annoying Chat Notifications in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams offers a variety of useful collaboration features, including chat, video meetings, file sharing and more. However, the constant notifications from chat messages can be disruptive and reduce productivity. Fortunately, Microsoft Teams provides granular control over notifications so you can easily disable annoying chat alerts.

Why Disable Chat Notifications

Here are some reasons you may want to disable chat notifications in Teams:

  • Reduce distractions: Chat notifications, especially frequent ones, can be very distracting when you’re trying to focus. Disabling them helps you stay on task.
  • Avoid notification overload: When you’re part of multiple active chats, the flood of notifications can feel overwhelming. Muting them helps manage the chaos.
  • Improve concentration: Having alerts constantly pop up makes it harder to concentrate for long periods. Disabling chat notifications allows for deeper focus.
  • Personal preference: Some people simply prefer fewer notifications. Microsoft Teams allows you to customize alerts to match your personal tastes.

How to Disable Chat Notifications in Desktop App

You can easily mute chat notifications in the Teams desktop app with just a few clicks:

  • Click your profile icon > Settings > Notifications [1].
  • Under the Chat section, click Edit.
  • For @mentions, Messages, and Likes & reactions, select Only show in feed or Off [2].

This will stop all banner and popup notifications for chat messages. You can still get alerts in your Activity feed.

Disabling Notifications for Specific Chats

If you only want to mute notifications for certain chats, that’s easy too:

  • In the chat, click the More options icon (⋮) by the original message.
  • Select Turn off notifications [1].

Now you won’t get any alerts for that particular chat. @mentions will still notify you.

Managing Notifications on Mobile

To customize notifications on the Teams mobile app:

  • Tap your profile icon > Settings > Notifications [3].
  • Choose alert settings for General activity, Meetings, etc.
  • Disable Sound and Vibration to mute chat alerts[4].

You can also turn off notifications for specific chats by tapping the More options icon in the chat.

Muting Notifications in Meetings

To avoid notifications disrupting your meetings:

  • In the meeting, click More actions > Settings > Mute notifications [5].

This blocks notifications just for the duration of that meeting.

Best Practices for Managing Notifications

Here are some best practices to manage notifications effectively:

  • Disable low priority alerts like chat messages and reactions.
  • Leave on @mentions to still get notified of important messages.
  • Identify priority chats and customize alerts for those.
  • Mute notifications before focus-intensive tasks.
  • Set “Quiet hours” to disable evening/weekend notifications[4].


Microsoft Teams provides granular control over notifications, allowing you to easily disable disruptive chat alerts. Mute chat notifications in the desktop and mobile apps, in specific chats, and during meetings. Follow best practices to only get notified of important messages. Reducing notifications can help you avoid distractions, improve concentration and stay productive.