Step 1: Click on the “Slack” option in the toolbar and select “Preferences”
Step 2: “Preferences” brings you to this page. Click on the arrow within “Notification Settings” to expand
Step 3A: Set up Notification Settings. Set notifications to either “All activity” or “Only direct messages and highlight words”
Step 3B: Scroll down to set more notification settings. “Notification Display” is optional. Pick what “Dock App Icon” best fits your preference. Include “highlight words” if you want notifications based off of certain words mentioned in Slack.
Step 4: From the top of the “Notification Settings”, click on “Set preferences for email and mobile notifications”
Step 5A: Clicking on “Set preferences…” will bring you to slack in the browser. Slack may ask you to sign in- do so and then it will lead you to this page.
Make sure desktop notifications are set (either “Activity of any kind” or “Only direct messages and highlight words”
Enable mobile push notifications OR enable email notifications (see Step 5B & 5C)
Step 5B: Set email notifications if you don’t set up mobile notifications (or set up both).
Scroll down to “Additional Settings” and click the “expand” button next to “Email Preferences”
Step 5C: After expanding “Email Preferences”, set “Email Notifications”. Under “Send me email notifications”, select “Once every 15 minutes” or “Once an hour at most”.
Step 6: Go back to your Slack app’s preferences from the toolbar (Slack → Preferences) and go to “Read State Tracking”. Turning this on will scroll you to the oldest unread message in a channel, allowing you to catch up on what you’ve missed and gain context to what you’re reading. If you’re interested in this, adjust it to “Automatically scroll me to the oldest unread message and mark the channel as having been read”.
That’s it! Now you’ve set your notifications on Slack to ensure you won’t miss a message.