How to turn off sound for notifications on Windows 10

On Windows 10, notifications keep you in the loop about things happening around your digital life, and they also alert you of anything in your system that may require your attention. However, each banner that slides out in the bottom-right corner also includes a sound, which can quickly get annoying.

If you're constantly getting notifications and muting the system volume or disabling notifications completely is not the solution, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to turn off the sound while still being able to see toast notifications.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to prevent notifications from playing sound using the Settings app and Control Panel.

How to disable sound for notifications using Settings

If you want to turn off the sound for notifications, you can quickly do this for each application using the Settings app.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Notifications & actions.
  4. Under "Get notifications from these senders," click the app you want.

  1. Turn off the Play a sound when a notification arrives toggle switch.

  1. Repeat step No. 4 and step No. 5 to turn off sound for other apps.

After completing the steps, apps you configured won't play sounds, but you'll see a banner in the bottom-right corner, and the notification will continue to be listed in Action Center as they arrive.

The only caveat with this approach is that you need to configure apps individually, which is fine if you're planning to keep a few high-priority apps with sound. However, if you're looking to mute all your apps, the easiest way to do this is to use Control Panel.

How to disable sound for notifications using Control Panel

In the case, you have a lot of apps installed on your system, and you don't want to repeat the steps, you can use Control Panel to turn off sound for all notifications.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Hardware and sound.
  3. Click the Change system sounds link.

  1. Under "Windows," scroll and select Notifications.
  2. On the "Sounds," drop-down menu, select (None).

  1. Click Apply.
  2. Click OK.

Once you completed the steps, you'll continue to get toast notifications and Action Center will work as before, but you'll not get annoyed with the same sound over and over again every time a new notification arrives.

Quick Tip: If the problem is that you're just tired of hearing the same sound (or stopped noticing that same sound because you've gone numb to it), you can use the Control Panel instructions to change the default sound, instead of turning it off. The only thing you need to do is to select a new sound on step No. 5.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

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  • Honestly they need to have a "default" at the top of settings app that will use the default settings unless you go in and change them per app. That way with all the apps I have i have to go one by one turning things off or completely through control panel.
  • For some reason they still haven't added the ability to choose the sound for each app like we've had on mobile forever, despite it being very popular in the feedback hub.
  • Not necessarily about popularity when it comes to prioritizing, but because it's something popular it'll probably eventually come.
  • I just have turned off any system sounds.
  • I just switched off 99.9% of the notifications,  the only notifications I get is when I sticj a memory stick into the USB port.  I do not use apps, I killed cortana, so that can not send notifications to anything and I stopped Windows 10 updating unless i want it to update. To be honest the action centre may as well be done away with on my machine as i never use it.  
  • Wish all notifications were synced to all devices. Getting tired of clearing each device separately. What's the point?