How to Mute and Disable Server Notification Alerts on Discord Desktop Client

Discord is a popular communication platform that allows users to chat via text, voice, and video. With servers catering to diverse interests like gaming, art, music etc., it can get noisy with constant notification alerts. Fortunately, Discord offers granular control to mute or disable notifications on desktop clients as per user preferences.

Why Mute Notifications on Discord?

Here are some common reasons why you may want to mute or disable notifications in Discord:

  • Reduce distraction: Getting bombarded with alerts while working or gaming can impact focus and productivity. Muting non-essential notifications allows you to concentrate better.
  • Avoid notification fatigue: Being part of too many active servers can lead to notification overload. Muting less important servers provides relief.
  • Control information flow: You may wish to mute unimportant channels on a server to avoid clutter. Custom notifications prevent information overload.
  • Take a break: Temporarily muting all notifications lets you take a breather from Discord chatter when needed.

Mute Notifications for Entire Discord Server

Follow these simple steps to mute notifications from a specific Discord server on desktop clients:

On Windows

  1. Launch Discord and right click the server icon in the left pane
  2. Select Mute Server option
  3. Choose duration for muting alerts – either 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours or Until I Turn It Back On

On Mac

  1. Click server name and open drop down menu
  2. Click Mute Server
  3. Select preferred duration for muting notifications

Muting a server will block all notification alerts and badge icons from that server. You will stop receiving any sounds, pop ups or unread message counts.

Customize Notification Settings for a Server

You can also customize notifications to be more selective instead of completely muting a server. This allows you to still receive important alerts.

On Windows/Mac

  1. Right click the server icon
  2. Hover over Notification Settings
  3. Select from options:
    • All Messages – Get notifications for all activities
    • Only @mentions – Get alerts only for direct mentions
    • Nothing – Mute all notifications
    • Use Category Default – Inherit rules from category

Additionally, you can also mute specific text and voice channels by right clicking them individually and customizing notifications.

Disable All Discord Notifications

To take a complete break from Discord’s distractions, you can disable notifications system-wide rather than doing it server by server.

On Windows 10

  1. Open Windows Settings > System > Notifications & Actions
  2. Turn off notifications for Discord app

On Mac

  1. Click Apple menu > System Preferences > Notifications & Focus
  2. Select Discord app and turn off notifications

Remember to turn notifications back on once you are ready to resume activities!

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some troubleshooting tips in case muting notifications doesn’t work as expected:

  • Check Do Not Disturb status: If your profile shows ‘Do Not Disturb’ status, you will not get any notifications or alerts. Turn this off.
  • Verify channel settings: Besides server-level customization, channels may also override notifications. Check if any restrictions are enabled.
  • Update Discord version: An outdated app version may cause notification bugs. Update to the latest version.
  • Restart Discord/computer: As a last resort, restarting the Discord client or your computer can help resolve notification issues.


Muting notifications is a nifty way to tame Discord’s chaos and stay focused. Use the server or channel muting options to silence non-essential alerts. For complete peace, disable notifications system-wide for a temporary period.

With this handy guide, you are now equipped to take charge of notifications in the Discord desktop client as per your needs and preferences. So go ahead and mute away so that you don’t miss important stuff!

Let me know if you have any other questions!