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How to Disable Notifications on a Mac

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Introduction

Mac computers generate notifications to keep you aware of the things that are happening on your machine in real time, as well as details about your day - appointments, weather, birthdays, even a summary of what you have planned for tomorrow. These notifications are sometimes incorrectly identified as "pop-ups," but are meant to be both helpful and informative. This guide will demonstrate how to disable these notifications if you'd rather not have them bug you while using your machine.
macOS.

Are notifications bad?

macOS notifications are a harmless part of every day usage. While these notifications are sometimes mistaken for harmful "pop-ups," they are not able to hurt your machine. The Notification Center houses all of your machine's notifications (pictured below).
Mac OS Notifications. Screenshot

It is safe and normal to see Notifications from your Operating System. Reading them will often let you know before an update happens, or if there is something you can do to prevent problems in the future.

1 Disable Notifications

  1. Click on the (1) Apple in the upper left hand corner. Then click on (2) System Preferences.
     Apple menu with System Preferences highlighted. Screenshot
  2. Click on Notifications.
    System Preferences menu with Notifications highlighted. Screenshot
  3. Select an (1) App (i.e. Calendar) you want to stop getting Notifications from. Click on (2) None to stop the notifications. Do that for every app you want to stop getting notifications from.
    Notifications menu with an app and none highlighted. Screenshot
  4. If you want to set certain times to not be Disturbed with alerts at all, click on Do Not Disturb. Then choose the times you want.
    Do Not Disturb menu with times highlighted. Screenshot
  5. Your pop-ups should now be gone. If you are still getting them, you will need to have someone take a look at it.

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Mac computers generate notifications to keep you aware of the things that are happening on your machine in real time, as well as details about your day - appointments, weather, birthdays, even a summary of what you have planned for tomorrow. These notifications are sometimes incorrectly identified as "pop-ups," but are meant to be both helpful and informative. This guide will demonstrate how to disable these notifications if you'd rather not have them bug you while using your machine.
macOS.

Are notifications bad?

macOS notifications are a harmless part of every day usage. While these notifications are sometimes mistaken for harmful "pop-ups," they are not able to hurt your machine. The Notification Center houses all of your machine's notifications (pictured below).
Mac OS Notifications. Screenshot

It is safe and normal to see Notifications from your Operating System. Reading them will often let you know before an update happens, or if there is something you can do to prevent problems in the future.
  1. Click on the (1) Apple in the upper left hand corner. Then click on (2) System Preferences.
     Apple menu with System Preferences highlighted. Screenshot
  2. Click on Notifications.
    System Preferences menu with Notifications highlighted. Screenshot
  3. Select an (1) App (i.e. Calendar) you want to stop getting Notifications from. Click on (2) None to stop the notifications. Do that for every app you want to stop getting notifications from.
    Notifications menu with an app and none highlighted. Screenshot
  4. If you want to set certain times to not be Disturbed with alerts at all, click on Do Not Disturb. Then choose the times you want.
    Do Not Disturb menu with times highlighted. Screenshot
  5. Your pop-ups should now be gone. If you are still getting them, you will need to have someone take a look at it.