How to Turn Off Steam Notifications? Here's A Quick Tutorial

Lindsay Hayes

There are a few ways to turn off Steam notifications, depending on what exactly you want to stop appearing. If it's new releases and game updates, you'll have to open the Steam settings menu, click on Interface, and then uncheck the box asking you if you want game alerts. But if you only want to stop Steam friends notifications, you will have to go to the Friends & Chat menu, hit Friends, and then turn off the Notifications option.

I don't mind Steam notifications, except for Friend Notifications. I don't see a point in Steam telling me whenever someone in my friends list joins a new game. I usually disable this so that I don't get distracted, especially when I'm busy.

Not only did I run through how I do this, but all the other ways to turn Steam notifications off, and even additional information on the topic.

Sound good?


How to Turn Off Steam Notifications?

As mentioned, there are a few ways to turn Steam notifications off. If you're wondering, yes, they are the same on both Windows and Mac computers.

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1. Disable Steam Notifications For Game Updates

If you're not a fan of notifications coming in about upcoming releases, new updates, or any changes to the games in your library, there's a way to disable this.

Here's what you do:

2. Disable Screenshot Notifications

I personally am not a fan of Steam notifying me whenever I take screenshots in-game. I think it adds a lot of clutter to my screen. If you also think like this, here's how you can disable this Steam notification:

3. Disable Music Notifications

Whenever new tracks play while you game, you get a notification on your screen. I'd understand if you'd want it to stop popping up. Here's how you can do this:

4. How to Disable Achievement Notifications?

Steam notifies of you any game achievements that you unlock, like when you reach an important boss. Although it can be useful, as you can miss these badges, the notifications can be distracting as they pop up mid-game. To get rid of this, you can do the following:

Instead of stopping the overlay feature on all games, you can disable it on specific titles. Here's how:

5. How to Disable Message Notifications From Steam Friends?

Whenever a friend joins a game, or texts you, you get a notification on your screen. Just like the above options, you can also disable this if you want. Here's what you do:

Click on the Exit button finally and then confirm the changes

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Answered below are some popular questions.

1. How Do You Hide Your Steam Activity?

Your Steam activity will tell everyone who's added you what game you're playing, and the last thing that you played. Although it can be useful, this might not be something that you're comfortable with other users knowing. So, here's how you turn your Steam activity off:

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Final Thoughts

There are quite a few ways to disable Steam notifications. None of them are too hard, and they are all the same regardless if you're using a Mac or Windows computer. While discussing how to turn off notifications on Steam, I also touched on how to manage your Steam account better.

Hopefully, you found all of the points that were run through useful.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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