Controlling Teams Channel Notifications

New options to Set What You Want to See

Teams recently moved away from a model where users “follow” a channel when they want to receive notifications about new posts and replies in the channel to the ability to control the notifications received on a general basis and for individual channels. The clients are now being updated to reveal Channel notifications as an option in the […] menu for a channel (see this support article).

General Notification Settings

In general, the notifications a user sees for new posts, replies, and mentions in channels of teams they belong to are controlled by the All teams and channels settings under Notifications in their Teams settings (Figure 1). If Teams can’t find a user setting for a channel, it applies their general settings.

Controlling Notifications in Teams Settings
Figure 1: Controlling Notifications in Teams Settings

Channel Notification Settings

To control notifications for a channel, select the channel and then click the […] menu. Channel notifications are the top option and reveal the screen shown in Figure 2.

 Controlling Teams Channel Notifications
Figure 2: Controlling Teams Channel Notifications

Assuming you want to be notified when people post to the channel, the options are:

  • Send notifications for all posts to the channel.
  • Send notifications for all posts and replies to the channel.
  • Send notifications for @[channel name] mentions.

With notifications enabled, you can choose to have Teams post notifications to the activity feed, or to the feed and as a “banner” (pop-up notification, sometimes called a “toast”). A banner notification looks like Figure 3:

Teams Banner Notification
Figure 3: Teams Banner Notification

Obviously, if you participate in some ultra-busy channels, you might not like to see notifications appear for everything. In these cases, I usually opt for activity feed notifications only unless I’m waiting for something to happen and want to see the pop-up.

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