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When we talk about "notifications" for apps you've added in Shift (outside of Workspaces), we are really referring to 3 main things:

 

  1. Badges (red numbers you see in the corners of your apps, as well as on the Shift icon in your taskbar or dock)
  2. Desktop notifications (the card pop-ups that appear on your screen)
  3. Notification sounds (the sounds that accompany desktop notifications)

Below are tips for how to manage notifications for each of your added apps.

To always receive notifications for apps, ensure Auto-Hibernate is turned OFF. If the app is hibernated, you will not get up to date notifications

Badges

Manage your unread badges that sit over your apps in your sidebar by heading into your settings:

 

  1. Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > Apps > Installed Apps
  2. Under the Show Badge column, toggle it ON or OFF for each app

You can also right-click on your apps in your sidebar for quick access to badge settings

 

If you turn off badges for apps, the total unread count displayed in the Shift icon in your taskbar or dock will still count the number of unread messages, even though a badge won't display over the app in the sidebar

 

The badge displayed in your Shift taskbar or dock icon is the total of the unread badges you have across your added emails and apps.

 

Desktop notifications

Manage the desktop pop-ups that appear for your apps by heading into your settings:

 

  1. Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > General > Functionality > scroll to find Show notifications (towards the bottom)
  2. Toggle this ON or OFF. This global setting will take priority over your individual settings, meaning:
    1. If you toggle this OFF, you will not receive desktop notifications at all
    2. If you toggle this ON, you can still turn off desktop notifications for individual accounts

 

To manage desktop notifications on an individual app level:

 

  1. Go to Options (lower left corner) > Settings > Apps > Installed Apps
  2. Under the Notifications column, toggle it ON or OFF for each app

 

 

Notification sounds

You must disable desktop notifications (see above) to disable notification sounds for your apps. Desktop notifications and notification sounds are the same. If one is disabled, the other will be as well.

There are some apps that have their own native sounds, which may not be disabled, even though your notifications are turned off. Examples of these apps include Slack, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and others. Head into these apps individually to disable these sounds.

 

 


What's next?

Learn about managing notifications for emails here.

 

Learn how to use the Mute Notifications feature here.

 

Learn more and complete your setup using our Getting Started section here.

 

Need help?

Get in touch with our support team here.

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