How to Turn Notifications Off on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of being constantly interrupted by notifications on your Mac? Whether it’s emails, messages, or app notifications, they can be distracting and disrupt your workflow.

Fortunately, turning off notifications on your Mac is a straightforward process. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to disable notifications and regain control over your focus.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Navigating to Notifications

Within the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Notifications” icon. This will open the Notifications settings panel.

Step 3: Configuring General Notification Settings

On the left-hand side of the Notifications panel, you will find various options for configuring notification settings for different apps and services. However, if you want to disable all notifications at once, click on the “Do Not Disturb” option.

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  • If you prefer to customize notifications for specific apps or services individually, you can explore these options later.

A) Activating Do Not Disturb Mode

To turn off all notifications temporarily, enable Do Not Disturb mode by ticking the checkbox next to “Turn On Do Not Disturb”. You can also schedule specific times for Do Not Disturb mode to automatically activate by clicking on “From:” and “To:” options.

B) Customizing Additional Options

If desired, you can further customize Do Not Disturb mode by:

  • Allowing Calls From: Specify whose calls can still come through during Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Repeated Calls: Enable this option to allow calls from the same person within three minutes to break through Do Not Disturb mode.

Step 4: Disabling App-Specific Notifications

If you only want to disable notifications for specific apps or services, you can do so by navigating back to the main Notifications panel and selecting the desired app from the left-hand side list. Once selected, adjust the notification settings according to your preferences.

Step 5: Enabling “Banner” or “Alert” Style Notifications

If you wish to keep notifications enabled but prefer less intrusive styles, you can choose between “Banners” and “Alerts”. Banners appear briefly at the top-right corner of your screen and then disappear, while Alerts stay on your screen until dismissed.

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  • The availability of these options may vary depending on the app or service selected.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned off notifications on your Mac.

By following these steps, you can now work without being constantly interrupted by unwanted alerts. Remember that you have the flexibility to customize notification settings for individual apps or services as needed. Enjoy a more focused and uninterrupted computing experience!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through disabling notifications on your Mac. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to consult our other tutorials or reach out to our support team.

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