Turn Off Or Disable Skype Notifications

by Rohit Khurana on April 9, 2010

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By default Skype Windows or MAC OSX user interface programs shows the notifications of your Skype friends whenever they come online. You may feel disturbed by these notifications when they appear while were working on some thing very important.

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In such a case you can simply disable these notifications, or customize them as per your preference under Skype options. Follow the steps given below to disable off Skype notifications

1. Open Skype interface, and login to your Skype account

2. Now go to Skype >> Tools >> Options

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3. Under Skype options click the Notifications settings on the left pane, un-check the Skype notifications which you want to turn off so that there is no distraction while you are working.

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4. Click Save button to close the window and save your preferences for future.

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Revel Mob May 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thank you for the tip, but with Skype for Mac OS there is no Skype >> Tools >> Options.

There is Skype > Preferences > Notifications, but there is no option to turn off these annoying pop ups.

We have tried contacting Skype on numerous occasions – no luck. Is there an email address or telephone number for the tech support?

Nick June 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Hi, yes, I need the same answer please for Skype for Mac…..

Mark July 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Me too – Skype we need this sorting on a Mac.

Mark July 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I’ve just found out that it’s actually Growl that generates a lot of these pop up notifications, not Skype. Change the preferences for this in the System Preferences window.

Barney September 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

Joy. Thanks mark. Been considering dumping Skype because of the system tray notifications on MAC this but Growl is indeed the culprit.

Roy December 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Phew!! Thanks guys! This was also driving me loco!

David January 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Mark

Ashwin January 21, 2011 at 4:09 am

That helped! Thanks! I change the preference within Growl to not notify me when people signed-in & signed out.

Chris February 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

in Skype 5.0 for the Mac, the default setting is to have visual popup notifications, which are built into Skype and independent of whether Growl is installed or not. (You have the option of having Growl control the notifications, but the default is to have the notifications ‘built-in’ from Skype). If you want to get rid of the notifications, go to the Skype menu, Preferences, click on the Notifications button, and select the check box “Disable all visual notifications”.

Becky February 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

You don’t need growl – I figured it out. (After going to all the trouble to install Growl unfortunately)
Open Skype in Mac
Skype > Preferences > Notifications
In the Event: Drop Down Box select “Contact Becomes Unavailable”
Then ensure all the boxes on the left Hand side are unchecked (not ticked).
If you really want nothing, check the box that says: Disable all visual notifications.
You can do the same for Event: Drop Down Box select “Contact Becomes Available”

This works for me & I am using:
Mac OS 10.6.6 which I think is Snow Leopard
I have mac Skype Version 5.0.0.7980
I’m not a geek, so I’d think ensuring you have the update for skype on mac that is least up to this number might make sure all these boxes appear – I have no idea.

Hope that helps some other newbies like me.

Tomas May 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Skype has tendency to make bad GUI decisions. It use to be mood massages that was driving all people crazy now we have another SKYPE annoyance visual notifications.

I wonder what is % of users who feel like they really want to see these notification. Personally having 20 people to blink on your screen each time they open the laptop or restart computer or do something else all day long. In my opinion its not very smart by default to have this option on.

Oliver December 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I do not understand why this is not configurable for each user. I have a few contacts who use skype on their mobile phones. They come online and offline 100 Times a day. Those notifications are really bothering me.
BUT: I can not turn notifications off. Because there are other people on my skype contacts of which it is important to me to get notified.
I hope skype will soon change this, so you can define notifications on a user-basis.

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