How to Disable Notifications in Windows 10

Do you want to know how to disable persistent notifications popping up on your Windows 10 PC.? In this guide, I will explain to you how to do it. Notifications are important to stay aware of the various events on your computer. It may be an alert about system updates, app updates, suspicious app, or similar such things. Sometimes, you also get notified about things that are not that important. I hate it when constantly notifications are showing up on my computer screen while I’m working.

Windows OS comes with its settings to help you put a stop to incoming notifications. You can entirely disable notifications for the whole system. At the same time, you may also disable notifications individually for any app that is sending unnecessary alerts. Let’s check out how to do it.

Disable Notifications in Windows 10 Computer

You have to tweak the system settings for your computer to change the notification preferences or entirely disable it on your device.

How to Disable Notification for the Whole System?

  • Press Windows + I hotkey to launch the Settings section
  • Click on System
  • Then on the left-hand panel click on Notifications & Actions 
  • In the middle of the screen, there will be an option Get Notifications from Apps and other senders
  • That option is set to On that’s why you are receiving notifications 24 X 7
    Disable notifications on Windows 10
  • Click on the toggle to turn that option off

That’s it. From now on, you will not

  • receive notifications on the lock screen,
  • hear notification sounds,
  • get reminders,
  • receive notifications of VoIP calls.

However, you will still get suggestions, tips, and tricks for improving your Windows OS user experience. Also, you will get suggestions for certain app installations and setups. Windows will keep showing you the latest features and updates that you may install on your computer.

Disable Notifications for Individual Apps Installed on Your PC

If you are selective regarding allowing certain apps to send you notifications, you can set that as well.

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  • As you did in the previous section go to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions
  • Then navigate down to Get notifications from these senders
    disable notifications from individual apps on your Windows 10 PC
  • You will see the list of the installed app on your PC and notifications are enabled on all of them
  • Simply click on the toggle to turn off the notifications from all those apps from whom you don’t like getting any alerts

Disable Notifications Temporarily on Windows 10 Using Focus Assist

Windows 10 has this feature called Focus Assist which when enabled will stop showing incoming notifications for a fixed period of time. Let’s say you’re at home back from the office and you do not wish to receive notifications on your laptop till the next morning, then you can set a time frame. Within this time frame, Focus Assist will be active and you won’t see any notifications on your PC.

To enable Focus Assist

  • Click on the Notification Center button at the extreme bottom right corner of your Windows desktop screen
  • Then you will see a lot of tiles for various functions
  • Look for Focus Assist tile [the one with a crescent moon symbol]
  • Click on it to enable
    disable notifications on Windows 10 using Focus Assist
  • You will see it will display something as Priority Only
  • Priority Only means while Focus Assist is on you will receive notifications from the apps that you have prioritized
  • Again, click on the Focus Assist Tile to change it to Alarms Only.
  • The above option will temporarily disable all notifications except the alarms you have set. This is the option I recommend to set up while you enable Focus Assist on your PC.

Set Priority List of Apps for Focus Assist

You can also enable Focus Assist and tweak its settings by going to the System settings of your computer. This one is for the option Priority Only where you can set which apps can send you notifications.

  • Click on Windows + I to go to Settings
  • then click on System
  • on the left-hand panel click on Focus Assist
  • Then click on Priority Only
    focus assist priority only
  • Under that click on Customize your priority list
  • As you can see from my screenshot I have only prioritized the VoIP calls and unchecked app reminders and notifications from Pinned contacts on Taskbar.
    priority list in Focus Assist Windows 10
  • You can set these options as per your requirement
  • Navigate down to the Apps section. Here you can set which apps can send you a notification
  • Be default only Xbox components, nearby sharing, and Snip & Sketch can send you notifications. This you can even remove. Simply click on the App in the exception list and click Remove
    remove app from Focus Assist priority list
  • I recommend not to add any app to the list because you want no notifications for a temporary period and whitelisting apps will entirely oppose the idea of Focus Assist
  • Still, if you want to add apps into the exception list and wish to see notifications from these apps, click on Add an App
  • Then add your choice of app

Conclusion

So, if notifications are bothering you a lot on your Windows 10 computer, then disable these notifications or prioritize which apps can send you notifications. This way you won’t be distracted from your work or when you are enjoying your off-time. I hope this guide was helpful to you.

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