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How to turn off the red dot in Slack

By Jessica Lau · September 7, 2023
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By default, Slack adds a red badge to its app icon whenever there's unread activity, like a direct message (DM), a mention in a public channel, or a Slack reminder. This is done by design: it's meant to get you to respond to messages quickly, which is part of what makes the app so addictive

While the red dot is potentially useful, it can also lead to spicy arguments with your significant other who just reminded you to take your dogs for a walk, but you saw the red dot, got sidetracked, and now there's an accident by the front door that needs cleaning. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

If you impulsively click Slack whenever the red dot appears—which, let's be honest, is a lot—here's how to turn off the Slack notification badge on any device. 

  • How to hide the Slack red dot on a Mac

  • How to hide the Slack red dot in Windows 

  • How to hide the Slack red dot on iOS and Android

How to hide the Slack red dot on a Mac

On a Mac, Slack adds a red badge to the dock icon whenever there's unread activity in the app. A dot in a red badge means you have unread activity in one of your Slack workplaces, while a number in the red badge means someone sent you a DM, mentioned you in a message, notified a channel you're in, or used one of your keywords. 

Slack dock icon with a badge notification.

Here's how to turn this feature off. 

  1. Open your Slack app. Note: You can't change the red dot settings from the browser version of Slack. 

  2. Click your profile, and then select Preferences. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut: command+,.

    How to change your Slack preferences.

  3. Within your Notifications settings, scroll to the Sound & appearance section. Then deselect Show a badge on Slack's icon to indicate new activity

    Slack notifications settings.

That should keep the badge notifications from popping up on your dock icon. But in the off chance it doesn't work (due to an inexplicable Slack glitch that I experienced and their support team confirmed happens sometimes), there's another way you can turn off the notifications. 

  1. Open your System Settings. 

  2. Click Notifications

  3. In the Notifications area, click Slack

    Mac app notifications.

  4. Next to Badge application icon, click the toggle to turn it off. 

    Mac notification settings for Slack.

That's it. No more badge notifications. 

How to hide the Slack red dot in Windows 

In Windows, Slack adds badge notifications in three different places: your Taskbar, your System tray, and your Notifications area. 

Slack app icons with badge notifications in the Windows taskbar and system tray.

To make things unnecessarily complicated, the Slack badge appearance varies based on a few things: 

  • The version of Windows you're using. Note: I'm using Windows 11. 

  • The location of the badge notification. For example, depending on the type of unread activity, the badge notification may appear as a blue or red dot (System tray and Notifications area only) or a red badge with a dot or number (Taskbar only).  

It's also worth mentioning that no badge notification appeared in my Notifications area. Instead, I saw previews of any unread activity. 

Notifications area in Windows with previews of direct messages in Slack.

But none of that matters since you're here to get rid of those notifications altogether. 

There's no way to turn off badge notifications directly from the Slack app, but there is a workaround for the taskbar app icon. 

  1. Open your Settings. 

  2. In the side menu, click Personalization

  3. Click Taskbar.

    Personalization settings in Windows 11.

  4. Click Taskbar behaviors.

  5. Deselect Show badges on taskbar apps

Taskbar personalization settings in Windows 11.

As for the badge notification on the System tray icon: you can't remove it. The best solution I've found is to hide the icon entirely. To do this, drag the Slack icon above the Show hidden icons icon, which looks like an up caret (^). 

Demo of how to hide the Slack icon in the system tray in Windows 11.

It's not a perfect solution, but it works. 

How to hide the Slack red dot on iOS and Android 

When there are unread DMs, mentions, or keywords in Slack, a badge notification with a number will appear on your mobile Slack app icon. If you want to create better digital boundaries, here's how to turn off the red dot. 

Note: The steps to turn off Slack badge notifications are the same for iOS and Android. The visuals might look a little different depending on the device you're using, though. 

  1. Open your Slack mobile app. 

  2. Tap You in the bottom menu. 

    Slack menu in the Slack mobile app.

  3. Tap Notifications.

  4. In the On mobile, notify me about section, select Nothing

    Slack mobile app notification settings.

In theory, that should keep those pesky badge notifications from appearing on your Slack app icon. But just like Slack for Mac, there's a chance it won't work (it didn't for me, but it did for my teammate). That's ok, though, because there's another way you can turn off the notifications. 

On iOS

  1. Open your Settings. 

  2. Tap Notifications

  3. In the Notification Style section, select Slack

  4. Next to Badges, tap the toggle to turn off all notifications. 

    Slack notification settings on iOS.

On Android

  1. Open your Settings.

  2. Tap Notifications

  3. Select App notifications

  4. Tap Slack

  5. In the Notification types section, tap Badge. It should now read Badge Not allowed.

    Slack notification settings for Samsung Galaxy S23.

Note: The instructions will differ depending on which Android device you're using. I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S23.

And if turning off only badge notifications doesn't give you enough notification-free time, might I suggest turning off your notifications altogether? Or block Slack entirely for a few hours a day. Trust me—you won't miss them.

Automate your notifications 

If you prefer your Slack notifications in another format or cadence than what Slack offers—like an email for messages posted to specific channels—you can automate the process with Zapier. Here are a few workflows to get you started.

To get started with a Zap template—what we call our pre-made workflows—just click on the button. It only takes a few minutes to set up. You can read more about setting up Zaps here.

Send Zapier emails for new Slack channel messages

Send Zapier emails for new Slack channel messages
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Related reading: 

  • Multiple Slack workspaces? Use these tips to manage your notifications

  • Advanced features for Slack power users

  • How to survive on a Slack that's way too busy

This article was originally published in March 2019 by Justin Pot. The most recent update was published in September 2023.

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