How to Turn Off Mail Notifications on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re tired of being constantly bombarded with email notifications on your Mac, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily turn them off. Whether you’re working on an important project or simply want some uninterrupted focus time, disabling mail notifications can help improve your productivity. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to turn off mail notifications on Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

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

Step 2: Access Notifications

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

Step 3: Find Mail

In the left-hand sidebar of the Notifications preferences panel, scroll down until you find “Mail” in the list of applications. Click on it to access its notification settings.

Step 4: Customize Mail Notifications

Once you’re in the Mail notification settings, you have several options to customize how notifications are displayed:

  • Show notifications on lock screen: Toggles whether or not email notifications are displayed when your Mac is locked.
  • Show in Notification Center: Determines if email notifications appear in the Notification Center accessible by clicking on the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Show banners: Controls whether or not email notifications appear as temporary banners at the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Play sounds for notifications: Enables or disables sound alerts for incoming emails.


If you want to completely turn off mail notifications on your Mac, simply uncheck all the options mentioned above.

Step 5: Additional Customization

For further customization, you can click on the “Options” button located next to the aforementioned settings. This will allow you to specify additional preferences for how email notifications are displayed.

Step 6: Close Preferences

Once you’re satisfied with your mail notification settings, simply close the System Preferences window. Your changes will be saved automatically.

That’s it! You have successfully turned off mail notifications on your Mac.

Now you can enjoy uninterrupted work or leisure time without being constantly alerted by incoming emails. Remember, if you ever want to re-enable mail notifications, simply follow these steps again and adjust the settings to your liking.

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Happy Mac usage!

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