How to disable/turn off sound notification in Office 365 OWA (Outlook Web App)

I like Office 365 except few things and email notification sound is one of them. In Office 365 we receive email notification sound even if we are not using OWA but logged on to other Office 365 products like Office 365 Sites/Yammer etc.

I prefer less distractions and have turned off the notifications in my desktop Outlook client. I am currently working on multiple Office 365 sites (SharePoint online) projects and every time I log in to a client’s site, the email notification sound really annoys me.

If you are like me and would like to turn off the sound notifications, you can use the following steps as of August 2015. The reason, I mentioned “as of August 2015” because as the Product evolves, the option/settings page may change in near future.

  1. Go to Office 365 OWA and sign in with your account and password.
  2. In the top right corner click on “Gear Icon” and then “Office 365 settings”.

  3. Click on “Notifications”.
  4. Uncheck “New mail” and “New mail sound” and click “Save”. “New mail” option shows the email notification in the top right-hand corner of the screen. I prefer to uncheck that box as well. J

  5. You are all set.

About pgbhoyar

Prashant G Bhoyar is a Microsoft AI MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional. He currently works as a Senior Solution Architect at WithumSmith+Brown, P.C. (formerly Portal Solutions), one of the top 30 advisory and accounting firms in the United States. He is a trusted advisor and Subject Matter Expert in Intelligent Business Process Automation, development and post-implementation adoption of complex custom solutions in AI, Machine Learning, Bots, Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint. Prashant has supported a multitude of government agencies and non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Prashant is the co-author of the book “PowerShell for Office 365 “and is the technical reviewer of the book "Pro SharePoint 2013 Administration." He serves on the leadership committee for the Azure Data Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence Fest conference, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning User Group, DC Metro Office 365 User Group, SharePoint Saturday Baltimore event, and SharePoint Saturday Washington DC event. He is a renowned international speaker and actively speaks at technical conferences, most recently in India, Canada, England, Bangladesh, Peru , Washington DC, Austin, New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia. Fun fact??, Prashant is a recipient of the "Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America" for his outstanding service in Antarctica.
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2 Responses to How to disable/turn off sound notification in Office 365 OWA (Outlook Web App)

  1. Colin Powell says:

    I know this post is old – almost 1 year at the time of this message. Do you know of a way to manipulate this tenant-wide via PowerShell? I can’t find anything through some quick searching.


  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    You might want to add a step in there that says you need to restart crappy Outlook 365 or else the noise won’t stop.


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