How to turn off notifications in Windows 11

How to turn off notifications in Windows 11

On Windows 11, users can choose to turn off notifications completely or disable them for specific apps to better concentrate on the task.

Random messages on computers can block the workflow, but on Windows 11users can disable them quite easily. Notifications on computers and smartphones can help users catch up on the latest happenings at work and among friends. But they can also be very annoying and obstruct the workflow by appearing at the most inopportune moments. Fortunately, users can change notification settings to turn them off on a Windows 11 computer for good.

Released in 2021, Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system available as a free update over Windows 10. It’s largely an iterative update compared to its predecessor but comes with a refreshed look and some useful changes under the hood. It also offers a number of new features, including a centered start menu, support for Android appsintegrated Microsoft team, improved gaming with Auto HDR and DirectStorage, better virtual desktop support and more.

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Windows 11 allows users to either turn off all notifications or disable notifications for individual apps. For the first option, go to Windows settings by pressing Windows key + I simultaneously on the keyboard. Now click on ‘The system’ and then go to “Messages.” Here, turn off the notification slider to disable notifications from all apps. Now press the down arrow next to the gear and deselect the remaining messaging optionsIncluding ‘View notification on lock screen’, ‘View reminders and incoming VoIP calls on lock screen’ and “Allow notifications to play audio.” Scroll down and uncheck the boxes next to it “Suggest how I can configure my device” and “Get tips and suggestions when using Windows.” This will ensure a completely distraction-free Windows 11 experience, but users may miss important alerts and incoming messages with these settings.


Keep notifications for some apps in Windows 11


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To ensure that no important messages are missed due to lack of notifications, users can turn off notifications individually for specific apps or whitelist important apps so that they can continue to receive notifications from those apps. To do so, keep the primary notification turned on. Now scroll down to “Notifications from apps and other senders.” This is where Windows will list a series of apps and services that can send messages on that device. By default, a majority of the listed apps will have the notification switch on. Go through the list carefully and turn off the switches for non-critical apps that should not send any notifications. Some of the apps that benefit from having notifications enabled are VoIP calls like Skype and instant messages such as Signalas it helps to get instant notifications for incoming calls and notifications.


Users can also use the “Focus Assist” feature to temporarily turn off notifications without turning them off completely. This allows users to reduce distractions while working, watching movies or playing video games, while notifying others at other times. To do so, go to Settings> System as previously described, and then click ‘Focus help’ card just below “Messages.” Now click on “Customize priority list” to start. Users can now specify what notifications they want to see from which people and from which apps. Note that by default, Focus Assist is set to ‘Of,’ which means that users receive notifications from all apps and services. However, users can choose “Priority only” to see only messages from the priority list, or “Alarm only” to hide all notifications except alarms. Users can also scroll down the list to create their own “Automatic rules” enabling them to hide notifications at specific times of the day or when running an app in full screen mode on their Windows 11 unit.


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Source: Microsoft

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