Windows 11 and 10 have apps and programs that can send you notifications with an alert sound whenever triggered by an event. Although notifications can be useful, they can become annoying if they pop up too frequently, especially for apps like Dropbox, which sends notifications whenever a photo or file is synced.
This guide will show you how to turn off the notification sound of an app in Windows 11 and 10 while still being able to receive notifications quietly. The same instructions can be used for any app that you want to turn off its notification sound.
How to turn off notification sound in Windows 11 or 10
To turn off notification sounds for a specific app in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Click on the Start menu.
- Click on Settings (the gear icon on the left).
- Select System.
- From the left pane, click on Notifications & actions.
- Scroll down to the list of apps and find the app that you want to turn off its notification sound.
- Click on the app.
- In the next window, toggle off the option that reads “Play a sound when a notification arrives.”
After following these steps, the app will still send notifications quietly without any alert sound.
Apart from turning off notification sounds, you can further customize your notification settings in Windows 11/10 to meet your needs. Here are some additional options:
Disable app notifications entirely
If you don’t want to receive any notifications from a particular app, you can disable them entirely by following the same steps mentioned above and toggling off the option that reads “Show notifications from this app.”
Disable notification banners
You can disable only the notification banners but retain the app’s ability to show notifications in the action center. This is useful if you want to receive notifications from an app but don’t want them to pop up on your screen and interrupt your work. To do this, follow the same steps mentioned above and toggle off the option that reads “Show notification banners.”
Priority of notifications
You can fine-tune the priority of notifications from any app to have them show on top of other apps’ notifications in the action center. This is useful if you have a lot of apps that send notifications, and you want to make sure that you see the most important ones first. To set the priority, follow the same steps mentioned above, and click on the app. Then, select the priority level under “Notification priority.”
Disabling All Notifications
If you want to disable all notifications from all apps, you can go to the Notification & actions setting (step 4) and toggle off “Get notifications from apps and other senders.” This will block all apps from sending you any more notifications on your Windows 11/10 PC. However, as mentioned earlier, we don’t recommend doing this as it can prevent you from receiving important notifications.
Selective Notification Toggles
From the same notification setting page, you can toggle off any notifications that you don’t want to see in the future. For example, you can turn off notifications from tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows, reminders, and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen, notifications on the lock screen, the Windows welcome experience after updates, and the highlighted “What’s new” and suggestions when you sign in to Windows.
Customizing Your Notification Settings
By selectively turning off certain types of notifications, you can customize your notification settings to only receive the notifications that are important to you while avoiding distractions from notifications that you don’t need or want to see. For example, you can turn off notifications from social media apps if you find them too distracting during work hours.
By following these simple steps, you can turn off the notification sound of any app in Windows 11/10 and customize your notification settings to better suit your needs. This can help you stay focused and avoid unnecessary distractions while still receiving important notifications when you need them.
Notifications can be a useful feature, but they can also be a source of distraction and annoyance if not managed properly. By taking the time to customize your notification settings, you can ensure that you only receive the notifications that are important to you, and that you receive them in a way that doesn’t interrupt your workflow.
In addition to the options mentioned above, Windows 11/10 also allows you to set up “quiet hours” during which notifications are suppressed, and to prioritize notifications from certain apps over others. These features can be accessed from the Notifications & actions setting page and can be a useful way to further fine-tune your notification settings.