Slack has added a handy Do Not Disturb mode to its team collaboration service. The feature lets you disable alerts of new messages and mentions and is available on the company’s Web, desktop and mobile apps.
The company had previously hinted that it was going to introduce Do Not Disturb just a week ago. In addition to silencing notifications across your devices, it also adds an icon to your status so others know you need some peace and quiet.
To activate it, click the bell icon next to your team name at the top of the sidebar and choose how long you want the app to be quiet. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb mode for a set time each day. It’s great for when you work with a global team with people in various time zones.
The feature is enabled by default between 10PM and 8AM in each team member’s time zone. Team owners and admins can adjust these hours for the whole team from the settings menu.
If you try to message a team member who’s in Do Not Disturb mode, Slack will remind you that they may not be alerted immediately; it will also offer you an option to send a notification in case it’s an urgent matter.