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How to manage notifications and sounds on Discord

Silence at last.
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August 10, 2022

If you’re an avid Discord user, you’ve probably heard the Discord notification sound countless times. While these notifications can be good, they are more often obnoxious. You have to listen to that double beep sound whenever someone sends a message, and if you are a part of many servers, this can become a massive distraction. Today we’re teaching you how to turn off Discord notifications, sounds, and more.

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THE SHORT ANSWER

To turn off Discord notifications, click User Settings > Notifications > Enable Desktop Notifications. If the slider is already green, this will turn the function off. If it is grey, it will become green and enabled.

To turn off Discord notification sounds, click User Settings > Notifications > Disable All Notification Sounds.


KEY SECTIONS 

Before anything, we need to talk about Discord notifications and why anyone would want to turn them off.

Typically, when it comes to social media notifications, you want to leave them on. If you turn off Facebook notifications, you might miss a direct message, a tag, an important update from a Facebook group, or a birthday. If you turn off Instagram notifications on your device, you won’t know when someone likes or comments on your content.

However, neither of those two instances involve an incredibly irksome double beep notification sound.

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Discord notifies you about everything, from messages in threads to people changing their listening preferences in a call. As such, you will be bombarded with Discord notifications unless you manually disable them.

How to turn off Discord notifications

Desktop

Launch Discord on your computer and go to User Settings.

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Click Notifications from the sidebar on the left.

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Click the sliders next to Enable Desktop NotificationsEnable Unread Message Badge, and Enable Taskbar Flashing to turn them off.

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Android and iOS

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Disable push notifications for Discord on your smartphone. This is in your device’s general settings, and the process will vary from device to device.

How to turn off Discord notification sounds

Discord notifications have a distinct sound on the desktop version, and it can get incredibly annoying when they keep going off non-stop.

To turn off Discord notification sounds, start by going to User Settings.

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In User Settings, click Notifications.

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Scroll down to the Sounds section. There are 18 sounds that you can go through and manually disable. Additionally, in a recent update, Discord added a Disable All Notification Sounds option which you can enable to stop all notification sounds at once.

The 18 Discord notification sounds are:

  • Message
  • Deafen
  • Undeafen
  • Mute
  • Unmute
  • Voice Disconnected
  • PTT Activate
  • PTT Deactivate
  • User Join
  • User Leave
  • User Moved
  • Outgoing Ring
  • Incoming Ring
  • Stream Started
  • Stream Stopped
  • Viewer Join
  • Viewer Leave
  • Invited to Speak

Click Disable All Notification Sounds or manually disable the sounds you don’t want.

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When disabled, the sliders next to the sounds will be grey instead of green.

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How to mute a user on Discord

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Right-click a user on Discord. Hover your cursor over Mute @[their username]. From the extended menu, choose how long you want to mute them.

How to mute a server on Discord

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Right-click the server you want to mute in your server list on the left side of the interface. Hover your cursor over Mute Server, then, from the extended menu, choose how long you want to mute that server.

How to mute a channel on Discord

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Right-click the channel you want to mute in that Discord server. Hover your cursor over Mute Channel, then, from the extended menu, choose how long you want to mute that channel.

How to mute multiple channels on Discord

Unfortunately, there isn’t any option to mute all channels but one. In a Discord server, you must mute channels one-by-one or mute the entire server.


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FAQs

When you mute something on Discord, be it another user, a server, or a channel, you will stop getting notifications whenever there is a new message in that thread. If your friend messages you and you’ve muted them, their new message will still be in the conversation, but you will not receive a notification. If you have muted a server or a channel, new messages will not trigger notifications for you.

That said, if someone pings you—meaning they type @[your username] in their message—then you will still receive a notification. This is why people don’t like being pinged.

Right-click that server, then click Notification Settings > Nothing. Additionally, you can suppress all role mentions.