How to automatically switch to “Do Not Disturb” when presenting in Teams


When presenting in Microsoft Teams is essential that you have “do not disturb” enabled during the process of that meeting. Luckily for many users, the “do not disturb” availability setting in Microsoft Teams is automatically turned on when you go into a meeting. Unfortunately, there is no feature in the settings that allows you to turn this feature off whenever you go into a meeting; the “do not disturb” mode will always be switched on. However, despite having this feature automatically as a default in Microsoft Teams, users still report popup messages when presenting a meeting in Microsoft Teams. How can we fix this issue? Read through the guide below to find more information on how you can automatically turn on “do not disturb.”  

Below is a guide on resolving the automatic “do not disturb” function not working in Microsoft Teams. All this you will need to go into the privacy settings of Microsoft Teams; from there, you will be able to edit out priority recipients who can overcome the “do not disturb” function of availability to relay a message across to you in Microsoft Teams  

  • Firstly, you need to open Microsoft Teams.  
  • Now click on your profile picture.  
  • After that, click on “Manage Account.”  
  • From here, click on “Privacy.”  
  • Click on “Manage priority access.”  
  • Find all the users you need to remove.  
  • Press the cross next to their name.  
  • Finally, close the settings panel proceed with your meeting.  

If the steps above have been completed, you will have successfully resolved the issue surrounding why the automatic “do not disturb” functionality isn’t working. As stated before, there is, unfortunately, no way for you to control whether the do not disturb functionality comes on automatically or not. If you find that only priority messages are getting through, following the steps above will help alleviate those issues and prevent unwanted messages from showing up on your desktop when you are presenting.  

In-depth step-by-step guide [with screenshots] – How to automatically switch to “Do Not Disturb” when presenting in Teams

Below is a much more in-depth guide on switching to “do not disturb” in Microsoft Teams. The guide below is a much more in-depth representation of the illustrated steps above with screenshots. Providing visual context is a much more effective way for users to get all the information required to proceed with the process  

  • Firstly, you need to open Microsoft Teams.   

For this process, you can use either the desktop client or the browser client of Microsoft Teams. The steps are identical in either of the scenarios illustrated above. Although the most preferred way of managing any notification privacy-related settings is to conduct them within the desktop client of Microsoft Teams, it’s much more secure that way, and it’s often the better client to interact with.  

  • Now click on your profile picture.   

Your profile picture is located in the top right corner of the display; once you click on it, you will now have the ability to access functions within your Microsoft Teams account. This, of course, includes settings related to your privacy that are required to proceed with the steps ahead.  

  • After that, click on “Manage Account.”   

You will have one more toggle to interact with one before you can access the privacy settings in Microsoft Teams. When you click on your profile picture, a panel will open up; in this panel, there will be a series of settings related to your profile such as changing your picture and the “Manage” a